Mail to councillors at Stroud District Council is opened by staff. Apparently the argument since 9/11 was that they were following Government advice about protecting our safety from terrorism.
Several Greens have repeatedly raised this since it was introduced saying for example that they "would not want one of our staff to open a letter with Anthrax" - indeed why should staff suffer rather than councillors? Also as one Green said: "why would anyone want to target a Green - we were not their target".
Anyhow last week one of the councillors threatened further action if they didn't desist from this system and they agreed not to open the letters. Since then the Leader of the Green group has written or is writing to say all Greens want to open their own mail. Perhaps we could be issued with the equipment in the photograph?