Are we talking about real change, or just talking?

LETTER

The GDC initiative of “spatial plan” working groups to identify better ways for planning and safeguarding our future is a move in the right direction.

At least, it is reasonable to assume that this time the participants really do want to come up with ideas that they are prepared to back with commitment and truckloads of the “folding stuff” — even if they have to dream up innovative ways of securing the latter.

If that sounds like a cynical response to the series under way then it shouldn’t be taken that way.

I, like most citizens of this parrish, want nothing more than for our community to succeed in an environment where pretty much everything is stacked against us.

While most of our problems are exaggerated compared to other regions facing similar difficulties, because of our unique geographic position and limited natural resources, we shouldn’t underestimate our ability to find solutions that will work.

However, what we don’t need is a repetition of past attempts at similar strategies that have ended with some very good suggestions being tossed into the “too hard” basket simply because the sensitivities of some of our dominant sectors proved too big an obstacle to confront.

We all have to accept that our position is precarious and needs to be treated as such.

The time for talking is over!

We need action, beginning with a plan that should have been implemented yesterday.

We can’t afford any more of the “King Canute” or “Mister McCawber” attitudes​ of the past.

The Grim Reaper is at the door and we’d better come up with something pretty quickly to get rid of him or her.

I’m not suggesting it will be easy. In fact, it will be the hardest thing we have ever done, requiring the best minds we have to offer and the greatest amount of goodwill from all those participating in these important discussions.

It is a time for the common good to take centre stage. Those of you who consider yourselves a cut above the rest need not apply.

Clive Bibby

The GDC initiative of “spatial plan” working groups to identify better ways for planning and safeguarding our future is a move in the right direction.

At least, it is reasonable to assume that this time the participants really do want to come up with ideas that they are prepared to back with commitment and truckloads of the “folding stuff” — even if they have to dream up innovative ways of securing the latter.

If that sounds like a cynical response to the series under way then it shouldn’t be taken that way.

I, like most citizens of this parrish, want nothing more than for our community to succeed in an environment where pretty much everything is stacked against us.

While most of our problems are exaggerated compared to other regions facing similar difficulties, because of our unique geographic position and limited natural resources, we shouldn’t underestimate our ability to find solutions that will work.

However, what we don’t need is a repetition of past attempts at similar strategies that have ended with some very good suggestions being tossed into the “too hard” basket simply because the sensitivities of some of our dominant sectors proved too big an obstacle to confront.

We all have to accept that our position is precarious and needs to be treated as such.

The time for talking is over!

We need action, beginning with a plan that should have been implemented yesterday.

We can’t afford any more of the “King Canute” or “Mister McCawber” attitudes​ of the past.

The Grim Reaper is at the door and we’d better come up with something pretty quickly to get rid of him or her.

I’m not suggesting it will be easy. In fact, it will be the hardest thing we have ever done, requiring the best minds we have to offer and the greatest amount of goodwill from all those participating in these important discussions.

It is a time for the common good to take centre stage. Those of you who consider yourselves a cut above the rest need not apply.

Clive Bibby

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