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.