Parish Councillor

A vacancy exists for a parish councillor to be co-opted after the failure of any candidates to stand for election for the South Ward.

In all fairness the successful candidate should have a basic understanding of how the parish council functions and should be able to read a simple budget sheet. It will also be an advantage if he/she is prepared and committed to attend as many meetings as possible.

Full details from: Chris Pilkington
Clerk to Anston Parish Council
Parish Hall
Ryton Road
North Anston
S25 4DL.
Telephone 01909 560922

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UPDATE:It has been brought to my attention that the comments by ‘Anstonian’ concerning the relationship between Cllr. Jepson and CS. Surveying are possibly libellous and misleading. There was no deliberate attempt on my part to convey any relationship between Cllr. Jepson and CS.Surveying and I’m sure ‘Anstonian’ will want to distance himself from any possible legal action that may arise from his comments. It is imperative that everyone who posts comments needs to be sure of their facts and the possible consequences arising from erroneous and misleading posts.



While I’ve been absent (work commitments) let’s review what’s been happening in the past two months in our parish .

The parish budget and the precept; The precept has risen by 25%. Shock Horror! I hear you say but let’s break it down. It means a rise of £23.99 per Band D household (most homes in Anston are in Band D) which equals 6p per week. (For the pedants it’s 0.065726p) What are the reasons for this increase? I understand extra money has to be found this financial year for the following: £25,000 for parish hall roof repairs, £15,000 to repair the roof on the Old Library  (both of these are urgent priorities) £13,000 to cover costs for the last two parish elections plus money for the Duke of Leeds project- which was approved by the majority of people who visited the open days at the parish hall, improvements to the walks in and around Anston Stones Wood and numerous other projects. (In 2010/2011 the Labour administration increased the precept by 26.3% and nobody uttered a word of protest) Reading the minutes for the budget meeting when the rise in precept was approved I noticed Labour Cllr. Jonathan Ireland was not present so it is very strange that he wrote on his blog that the increase ‘was to balance the books’. This infers the RFO and councillors were and are being negligent with taxpayers money. Nothing could be further from the truth as anyone with even the tiniest bit of common sense can see from the minutes published on the parish council website. Fake news and Labour politicians seem to be common bedfellows these days.

Lib-Dem councillor Stephen Smith has resigned after, as I understand, his irregular attendance at APC meetings was questioned and commented on by Cllrs. Jepson and Tawn. Why resign instead of defending himself or offering valid explanations for his absences? APC Chairman Drew Tarmey should also explain why he backed Stephen Smith in the first instance to represent (?) the South ward in Anston and whether or not he told Mr. Smith what was required of him to fulfil his role as a councillor?

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Remembering 2018

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.

With christmas star plant or vector

christmas nativity scene



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Rotherham CSE: Six Men Jailed

Six men have been jailed for sexually exploiting young girls in Rotherham who were gang-raped and abused by them. The men subjected the five girls to “degrading and violent” acts using drink, drugs and the “excitement of friendship” to lure them in.

A trial heard one girl had been sexually abused by “at least 100 Asian men” by the time she was 16, while another described being passed around.

They were sentenced to between 10 and 23 years at Sheffield Crown Court. The men, who are all of British Pakistani heritage, targeted and groomed the girls, who were aged between 13 and 16, over seven years between 1998 and 2005.

In a victim impact statement, one of the girls said: “I feel like I’m constantly fighting to get justice for what they did to me. I hope the court realises these men have destroyed me. “Some parts of me can never be fixed.”

Sentencing them, Judge Sarah Wright told the men: “Each in your own way perpetrated, facilitated or encouraged the sexual abuse of these young girls. “Each of the complainants in this case were groomed, coerced and intimidated. Each of them was groomed. Each of you, groomed. “You can have been in no doubt that the complainants were vulnerable in the extreme.”

Judge Wright added: “You were clearly not immature evidenced by the fact you all indulged in cynical manipulation and exploitation of your victims, which showed a maturity well beyond your chronological age.

“They continue to suffer considerable trauma and will continue to suffer throughout their lives as a result of your actions.”

The convictions are the latest to come out of Operation Stovewood, run by the National Crime Agency (NCA). It began in 2014 after a report found at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were the victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013.

The convicted men:

  • Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, of Godstone Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of one count of rape, one count of aiding and abetting rape, three counts of indecent assault, one count of procuring a girl under 21 to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another, and one count of sexual assault, sentenced to 23 years.
  • Nabeel Kurshid, 35, of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault, sentenced to 19 years.
  • Iqlak Yousaf, 34, Tooker Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault, sentenced to 20 years.
  • Tanweer Ali, 37, of Godstone Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault and one count of false imprisonment, sentenced to 14 years.
  • Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, Tudor Close, Sheffield, was found guilty of one count of rape, sentenced to 15 years.
  • Asif Ali, 33, of Clough Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault, sentenced to 10 years.

A seventh man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced at a later date after being convicted of two counts of rape.

Paul Williamson, from the NCA, said: “The men who have been sentenced today preyed on vulnerable young girls for their own satisfaction. “They used violence and intimidation and believed they were untouchable by law enforcement.”

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A Fateful Ending.

After four long years of mud,blood, sweat and tears in the trenches the Allies forced the German government to sue for peace. With hindsight, the capitulation of Germany seems to have been inevitable: she was surrounded, starved, outnumbered by her enemies and failed by her allies.

Rumours that Berlin was seeking an armistice reached the ranks of the military, which sparked dissent, disorder and rebellion. Commanded to engage the Allied fleet in one last battle, German sailors at Kiel mutinied; they refused the orders, occupied their base and drafted a list of demands – including an end to the war and the introduction of a civilian government. The Kiel mutiny marked the death knell for the German imperial government. The Kaiser and his generals were unable to control the military.

November 8th 1918 – At Compiègne, France, six representatives of the German government, with Matthias Erzberger as spokesman, are brusquely presented with armistice terms by Marshal Ferdinand Foch. The terms include German evacuation of all occupied territory, an Allied occupation of Germany west of the Rhine River, surrender of weaponry including all subs and battleships, and indefinite continuation of the naval blockade.

November 10th 1918 – The Kaiser’s Imperial government collapses in ruin as a German republic is proclaimed with Friedrich Ebert heading the new provisional government. Kaiser Wilhelm then seeks refuge in Holland amid concerns for his safety after his generals warn him they may not be able to adequately protect him from the volatile situation in Germany.

November 11, 1918 – At 5:10 am, in a railway car at Compiègne, France, the Germans sign the Armistice which is effective at 11 am–the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Fighting continues all along the Western Front until precisely 11 o’clock, with 2,000 casualties experienced that day by all sides. Artillery barrages also erupt as 11 am draws near as soldiers yearn to claim they fired the very last shot in the war.

Between August 4 1914 and the armistice on November 11 1918, more than 8 million men and women of Britain and the then British Empire took part in this “war to end all wars”. Nearly 1 million of them perished and 2 million were wounded. A generation of heroes lies under French soil, including men from Anston.

“When you go Home, tell them of us and say,
For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”
John Maxwell Edmunds

We Will Remember Them


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Bonfire Night

UPDATE: Over 3,000 people attended the bonfire and fireworks display. A fantastic show as always. Thanks to the Clerk and staff  for the preparations and all the volunteers who gave their time to help with crowd control and collections.

The annual Anston Parish Council community bonfire and fireworks display will take place on Monday 5th November on the Recreation ground.

Bonfire Photo

Low-angle Photo of Fireworks

Wrap up well and bring your family to this wonderful event.



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A New Blog

A new blog about Anston has been created on Facebook by Labour Cllr.Jonathan Ireland-‘Anston Matters’. If you are not a subscriber to Facebook then it’s tough luck I suppose.

Among the posts he published was this gem: At last night’s Anston Parish Charity Meeting, Councillor JT Ireland proposed allowing the public use of the hall toilets during the day.
Councillors Ireland and Phillips voted for, the rest of the council voted against. This facility is paid for by the people of Anston. Providing toilet facilities for children and older members of society who use the park, should be a basic facility the parish council provide. If any members of the public wish the toilets to be open for use, contact the parish council.       27th September.  Cllr. Jon Ireland was at that meeting and the minutes of the meeting say quite clearly (05/18) that because young and vulnerable children who attend the Play School and use the toilets could be at risk during term times. If any member of the public who visits the parish grounds needs to use the parish hall toilets then knock on the Clerk’s office window and you will be allowed to use the toilet facilities.

Cllr.Jon Ireland is using his blog for self promotion. He also published this: Good news for residents of Anston. After several years of campaigning the council for a crossing on the A57, Rotherham M.B.C. have plans for one near the petrol station. This is a very welcomed decision and shows the positive attitude toward road safety the council has. I now know my campaigning the council, as local Borough councillor, for a crossing has been worthwhile. Also, thanks to all the residents who have kept up the momentum. Success at last. 23rd July. Really? He forgets that Independent councillor Clive Jepson has been campaigning for a crossing on the A57 for the last 9 years, the residents haven’t been campaigning only since Cllr.Ireland was elected and the Lib-Dems also claimed credit for the crossing on the A57 two months previously. Self promotion again by Cllr.Ireland. It is no surprise that former part-time ex councilor Dalton and ex APC contractor Kevin Pearson are among his followers, why let the truth spoil a story?

The comments section on ‘Anston Matters’ (if you are a Labour supporter) contains these snippets;- Political Censorship! So I’ve been prevented from commenting on posts on the Anston matters page by Anston Parish and borough councillor Jon Ireland.It would appear he didn’t like my comment questioning his trust of his fellow Parish Council collegues……..Steve Baker. (Steve is a former APC councillor and lifetime Anston resident) The reply: Sorry you misunderstood. We will never gag anyone. I would like to know why Anston Parish Watch gags and censors free speech.

Self promotion again by Jon Ireland. As he is fully aware potentially libellous comments are binned. To quote-‘Nobody will be barred, unless abusive or libelous’. You need to use a spell checker Cllr. Ireland, ‘Libellous’ has two ‘L”s.

As for disallowing free speech APCW published these comments by Jon Ireland in August 2015-before the New and Improved Labour Party barred him from commenting on public blogs.

In reply to S Thornton.

Why to people keep ‘banging on’ about the previous, so called, Labour APC. At least they were voted for by the people of Anston. The majority of the current councillors were appointed by the council through co-option. I know this is a legal process, but does not reflect the voice of the people. Not much democracy there. As for giving to the Anston Festival Day, did the council not vote on grants to them. 10th June ‘RESOLVED that a grant, payable to APCRG, to cover 100% of hall and field hire for Anston. Day Festival be approved. The previous council cannot be blamed for not giving more to the day. The council have the power to approve grants in the current financial. So don’t blame others, blame the current council.

In reply to Mick Colman.

The parish council voted by a close majority to form a working group to discuss a council strategy. The proposal by Cllr Thornton was to exclude all members of the public thus making it a secret meeting. This was decided on the 5th of August. Even though you were not present, all councillors are given a copy of the agenda for each meeting. Come on, ‘get with the programme’.

So much for censorship on here. Cllr.Ireland needs a lot more experience in running and moderating a blog before criticising  APCW. It appears that using social media as a platform for self glorification is the norm these days.










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