When a councillor appears to support constituents’ views, but then votes the other way, the community can become angry and distrustful.
Steve’s constituents are furious because he’s voted in favour of a major apartment development which many in the community have opposed. They believe they made this very clear in meetings with him, as well as during consultations with the applicant which he chaired.
Councillors can often have multiple roles on planning applications, which can be difficult for constituents to understand. While councillors are obliged to consider their community’s views this doesn’t mean that they can vote in favour of those views. Councillors have to make decisions based on whether the application is consistent with the local planning scheme. This can reduce the scope for councillors to vote according to their personal opinions or reflect the views of their constituents.