What is the point of our councillors?

Dear Sir, — What is the point of our local councillors and elections? 
They manage a derisory budget.
They hold most meetings “in camera”.
Someone walks round wearing a chain of office to pose for photos.
They can’t control planning applications.
They can’t get roads repaired.
They can’t control the excesses of well-pensioned and salaried Cheshire East employees.
What can they do? — Yours faithfully,
GRAHAM THOMPSON
Alsager.

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