Dear Terence,

There isn’t any great conspiracy about why my tweets were deleted. When I’m involved in general chit-chat or dialogue I normally remove the messages from my public profile after a few days or so. While I’m sure this isn’t proper Twitter etiquette, it’s simply how I choose to run my account. As you say, the internet has a long memory and it can be difficult to strike the right balance between being accessible to people on Twitter and removing things which probably don’t need to remain publicly available for all time.

My comment about corruption came from a previous message you sent me suggesting that I voted for subsidised parking for church goers because I personally benefited from it. As you correctly went on to point out, this is a rather silly assertion given that it represents only a small amount of money each year. If I did attend any of the churches involved and made use of the free parking, it would in my view have been a personal and prejudicial interest that should have been declared at the meeting and meant that I couldn’t vote on the subject.

The general point I was looking to make is that as someone who puts a lot of time and effort into serving the community and representing my residents, it is frustrating to be accused of bad intentions and seeking personal gain just because someone disagrees with the way I have voted on an issue.

On the subject of church parking, we have discussed this before and while I do appreciate the points you have made, I think in this instance we are going to have to respectfully agree to disagree.

On a final note, I’m not convinced Twitter is the best way for councillors to engage with residents given the limitations of the 140 character restriction, the potential for meaning and tone to be misunderstood, and the fact that such online communication can sometimes encourage a more adversarial approach.

Kind regards,

Carl