Labour Councillors under pressure over CSE scandal-Again

Anston Parish Labour Cllrs, Burton, Dalton and St. John were under pressure once again at Monday`s Parish Council Meeting.(15th December) Residents were again questioning them on their involvement in the CSE scandal. Cllr St John was asked specifically about his attendance at the now infamous  “2005 Seminar”.
This is the Seminar that the Jay report states that all those who attended ‘could not have failed to know what was going on’. What was noticeable was that St John said at the last Council meeting there was no detail in the presentation. Yet at this meeting he said there was detail. So what is the truth ??                                              The member of the public who asked the question clearly hit a nerve, Councillor St John was asked to stop raising his voice-again!- by another Councillor.

Cllr. Burton was again asked by another resident to stand down due to her involvement with CSE, She was an advisor to Children`s Services in 2007 and 2008. She is also in denial, denying any knowledge of what happened, and she too was asked to lower her voice and stop shouting at the public. She also continued her now “massive gaff and blunder” by stating yet again that if others around the country “learn from Rotherham, then it’s a good thing”.  It was quite rightly said by Cllr.Thornton (Independent) that ‘nothing about CSE is good’. Cllr Burton preceded to speak about the “2005 Seminar”, defending those who attended to the hilt.  It was pointed out that her speech was the “best piece of political propaganda ever, from someone who did not even attend the Meeting”. She continues to deny and defend the ‘know nothing’ culture at RMBC, even though people who are in possession of most of the facts and several investigations-including the Jay report- say otherwise.

It was noted that Cllr. Dalton sat and said nothing much, but it seems she may well be showing up on the radar very soon.
A comment from a local resident heard after the meeting referred to Cllrs. Burton, Dalton, and St.John,(who were all sat next to each other) “They’re like the Three Wise Monkey’s;  hear nowt, see nowt and say nowt.”

Until and unless these Councillors tell the truth and stand down Anston Parish Council and local residents will be at loggerheads. Parish matters fail to be debated, Parish business is stalled and Democracy is not served by half truths, cover ups and avoiding facts.

We deserve better than this.


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One Response to Labour Councillors under pressure over CSE scandal-Again

  1. Tim says:

    Following the discussion of the Xmas tree lights for Anston this is my parting shot to Anston Parish council:-

    To all concerned.

    I have recently listened to the youtube video of the last Parish meeting.

    I would like to thank Clive for bringing up this item and Stuart for his support. Not being able to visually watch the meeting, I wasn’t sure whether it was Judy Dalton also standing up for the tree.

    I was a little disappointed that somebody tried to score points and avoid the issue by saying I no longer live in Anston, I have lived in Anston since 1966 and and this was my parting shot because the same point I raised two years ago wasn’t moved forward. Sandra Wallhead has being trying to get a Christmas tree in Anston for the last 6 years. It appears to me that the person most opposed to the tree is Ian St John who doesn’t even live in Anston and shouldn’t be making decisions on the behalf of the people of Anston, from where I am standing. Ian appears to behave like the chief whip for the Rotherham Labour party and people appear to follow his lead, rather than making independent decisions that benefit Anston.

    I think you will find that more people would prefer to have a Christmas tree that lasts a month, than a fire works display that last a hour. But if you cut your cloth accordingly, you could afford to have both options, so that there is a win win for all.

    I have found Anston Parish council to be very petty and back ward thinking and have decided to move into a community where my ideas will be better thought of. What hope is there of Anston which is bigger than Dinnington having its own town centre? I am temporarily living across the border in Dinnington, about thirty yards across the border while my new house purchase goes through.

    I have seen the quality of life reduce since my family first came to live in Anston in 1966, most part due to Rotherham borough taking us over, but also a Parish council that is controlled by Rotherham Labour party. I look forward to the days that Anston Parish council becomes Independent of the Labour party, I care more for Anston more than the current party politics that leave everything in Limbo.

    Kind regards



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