The latest candidate to join the race for a seat on Orange City Council said personal experience with planning approvals in the city was high on his list of changes needed.
Josh Girle-Bennett said he had to wait two months for council staff to approve a development application for a retaining wall as part of a new house he was having built in Orange.
"I found it very difficult, the process. Two months [for] a retaining wall. In my mind that's bureaucracy gone mad," he said.
"I don't accept the attitude, that's council, that's just the way it is."
Mr Girle-Bennett said he wanted to ensure the planning department was adequately staffed and council put time limits on planning approvals.
He said he was currently standing on a ticket with Gerald Power for the September 4 poll.
Mr Girle-Bennett said he was running on a platform of improving five core values in Orange, namely infrastructure, water security, value for money, crime and livability.
He said he was also concerned about the need to improve roads around Orange, citing Clergate Road as an example of what needs to be upgraded.
"Someone has to take responsibility," he said.
Mr Girle-Bennett works as an operational buyer for Nestle at Blayney.
He said it was his first tilt at council.
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