Although this blog is concerned with and concerned about the ineffectual shambles that poses as Anston Parish Council I thought it would be useful for readers of APCW to see and hear how Dinnington Town Council conducts their meetings. You will notice the Chairman-Cllr.McIver-speaks clearly and slowly, how newly elected Independent Councillor Dave Smith is treated with respect and members of the public can ask questions without being either smirked at or verbally abused.
Compare and contrast this with the meetings of Anston Parish Council which have descended into what can best be described as open warfare between Labour Cllr’s, Independent Cllr’s and members of the public. Labour Councillor’s Dalton and St.John take great delight in harrassing Independent Cllr.Stuart Thornton, preventing him from representing his constituents, and castigating Independent Cllr. Clive Jepson for refusing to vote with the Labour clique. Labour Cllr.Burton has loss of memory when questioned about her knowledge of the CSE scandal and all the while bumbling and mumbling Chairman Cllr.Ireland sits in a trance wondering what is going on (and how soon he can get to the pub.) When Labour Cllr.Stonebridge can be bothered to attend-which is not very often-his contributions to democracy consists of verbally abusing public questioners or sitting in his seat without uttering a word.
Labour councillors in Anston are under threat from the CLP and RMBC’s Monitoring Officer and have absolutely nothing to be proud of.
My thanks to LoveDinnington.com for the video.