Anston has had three local elections recently. One election for South Anston ward and one for North Anston ward.
Both these elections were called for by Mr Pearson, the one in South Anston being fully supported by Cllr John Ireland (Sr). Mr Pearson lost both elections. The elections cost you the taxpayer about £13,000.
But wait up, what happened to the Election that never was ?.
A third Election for North Anston ward was called and the name at the top of the sheet was RMBC/Parish Councillor Jonathan Ireland. He collected signatures from other Labour supporters, including Mr Pearson`s family.
Very strange, then that the Labour Party failed to produce a candidate for the election !!.
Only one candidate put his name forward – Glyn Prendergast- and he was duly elected unopposed. Why would the Labour Party in Anston, (under the leadership of Councillor Myles Manship) allow Councillor Jonathan Ireland to call an election, then not put up a candidate. (did Cllr. Manship know about it?) An election in which, if another person had put forward their name, would have cost the people of Anston about another £5-7,000.
Elections in both North and South Anston have cost the taxpayers a fortune, and because of this, the Parish Council has been forced into a position that it may very well have to add another £13,000 plus to next year’s Budget. *
So what happened in the election that never was?
Whilst on the subject of elections and parish councillors; Stephen Smith was elected as a Lib-Dem councillor in February and despite his election leaflets- which also carried a photo of APC Chairman Drew Tarmey- promising change (?) Cllr. Smith’s attendance record at parish council meetings is abysmal. It’s no use citing work/family commitments as an excuse for non-attendance, all councillors know what is required of them before they take their seats. You do not represent your electors if you fail to regularly attend parish council meetings.
This year saw the appointment of a new Clerk to the Council, Mr. Chris Pilkington who has quickly recognised what needs to be done to secure and preserve the land, buildings and other assets owned and managed by the parish council and he brings fresh ideas to APC meetings.
This year’s community Bonfire Night had one of the biggest attendances ever, over 3,000 people, and their generosity helped to raise almost £1,000 for the 2018 nominated charities Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. A magnificent gesture by Anston residents.
2018 also marked the centenary of the end of WW1 which was perhaps the bloodiest armed conflict in recent history. Anston owes a big thank you to all the volunteers, clubs and associations who helped to make the Centenary Remembrance Service more significant and poignant to remember those who gave their lives in the service of our country.
*APC makes a budget provision of approximately £8,000 every year to cover election expenses, this is the price of democracy.*
Whatever happens in 2019 Anston Parish Council Watch wishes you all,wherever you may be a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.