At the Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting on Monday 18th August only two Independent councillors and one Labour councillor attended. This meant Parish Council business stopped because although discussions could take place no resolutions could be passed. Even more embarrassing (For Labour councillors) was the attendance of two gentlemen from Yorkshire Internal Audit Services who were there to answer councillors questions about the audit.
Missing from tonight’s meeting-without prior notice of absence- Part time councillor Dalton, Cllr.Ireland, Cllr.Burton,Cllr. Brindley, Cllr.Stonebridge,Cllr.Beck and Cllr.Wardle.
Cllr’s O’Brien and St.John did give prior notice of absence. The missing councillors decided not to attend tonight’s performance for the simple reason they knew they would be filmed and held to account by the electorate.
The sheer arrogance of the missing councillors is beyond a joke. These people are elected to serve their community-allegedly-but treat members of the public as a bloody nuisance.
If Independent councillors and members of the public can give their time to attend why can’t these part timers get off their butts?
Beck has screwed up the parish council so he feels he no longer has to show his face, he is after all pocketing £12k+ as a borough councillor and £16k for ‘special responsibilities’. Dalton is pocketing £12k+ as a borough councillor and £10k for ‘special responsibilities’.
What about your responsibilities to the people who pay your salaries?
It seems the Labour councillors have taken Dalton’s viewpoint to heart and have agreed amongst themselves to be part timers.
Absolutely disgraceful behaviour and Shame on You.
Part time Councillor.
Labour Councillor Judy Dalton has announced she will not be attending any more public meetings of Anston Parish Council. She claims she is being ‘bullied and harrassed’ by members of the public, this is nonsense. If part time Cllr.Dalton did her job properly as Vice Chair,did not attack Independent councillors and did not ignore interruptions by other Labour councillors when Independents attempt to speak about procedural improprieties and the lack of financial controls she might have cause to complain. She was elected to attend all council meetings on behalf of her electorate. she was not elected to pick and choose which meetings she should attend. She has deceived and betrayed the people she claims to represent.
Filming Council Meetings.
The Openness of Local Government Regulations, which apply to England, give rights to members of the press and public to use modern technology and communication methods such as filming, audio-recording, blogging and tweeting to report the proceedings of the meetings of their councils and other local government bodies.This means any member of the public can film and record council meetings without being asked to leave. One of the restrictions however is that other members of the public have the right not to be filmed if they request it.
This new law is probably the main reason why part time councillor Dalton refuses to attend public meetings. Her behaviour and attitude to Independent councillors and the public can no longer be kept secret.
700 new homes to be built on Greenbelt land near Lakeland Drive.
No new schools,GP’s surgeries or shops are planned to cope with the increase in new homes nor is there any mention of affordable homes for young couples.
Full report here.
Now Anston Parish council has spent £254,000 of YOUR MONEY buying greenbelt land they don’t know what to do with it!
APC are asking for suggestions for ‘other sympathetic activities’ to help generate some income to help with maintenance of the area. Shouldn’t these matters have been discussed in consultation with members of the public first before handing over our money?
How refreshing to have a blog scrutinising the mire of deceit that is APC. Finally lets hope we can get some transparency on why we have the highest precept in the borough (my suspicions are to pay for the copious amount of pick n mix Dalton gets through during the meetings), why we’re now indebted to the sum of 200k plus for the purchase of a field the majority of Anstonians didn’t want, or need, why APC entered into a court case they had no chance of winning, why considering Gazur has proved time and time again he is incompetent is he still in post, why is there not an ounce of decency, professionalism, honesty or transparency at APC. Oh and Mr Rust as you seem so concerned about the transparency of Cllr Thornton may I suggest you continue this tact by asking the Daltons, Burtons, Stonebridges, Becks and St Johns of this world about financial transparency at APC.