Greetings meetings fans. How is it possible the Vice Chair of the F&GP committee (Enter stage left Cllr. Judy Dalton) and the Clerk Michael Gazur-are so clueless of what is published on APC’s own website? Yesterday evening (19th January) was another opportunity for Labour councillors to parade their ignorance. Item 8 on the F&GP agenda was ‘To approve December 2014 financial overview for publishing on the Web site’. .A resident pointed out..’It was published last week! Before it was approved by councillors’. ‘How can you approve something that is already published’? This was the moment for much confusion by Dalton and Gazur. Neither of them has any idea of what is published on APC’s website. Dalton; “Erm, the Clerk is just checking the website” Whaaaat? So then, open admission by the Chair and the Clerk. ‘We did’nt know, it was an oversight’. Shall we move on? (I said they were clueless). Item 12. ‘To consider/approve a year round mole trapping service at a reduce rate’ Really? Another resident asked if the moles will be caught in humane traps or by other methods and how will the remains be disposed of or dispersed. Cue mutterings and blank looks from Dalton. Shall we move on? We don’t expect compassion from Labour councillors, They’re only interested in the Labour Party.(It is election year after all)
On to the Parish Council meeting. Item 1. A presentation about the proposed Skatepark by Dalton’s bag carrier Miles Manship followed by questions from Independent Cllr.Thornton and members of the public. ‘Have you got a budget?’ ‘Erm, no’ (No surprise there). ‘How much is it going to cost?’ ‘Er, not sure but probably between £171,000 and £200,000’. ‘Have you got funding in place?’ ‘No but we hope to get it’. Contrast this with Dalton’s original guesstimate that the Skatepark will cost less than £100,000, and Dalton is Chair of the Skatepark Committee. Never mind, it’s other peoples money they want to spend. All this was a great shock to Ian St.John because he is on record previously saying about the Skatepark; ‘It Is NOT Going To Happen’ . Another resident reminded him of this statement and he vehemently denied ever saying it but there are several witnesses to his original outburst. Shock horror. St.John overruled and outgunned. Fancy that.
Item 7. To agree/approve budget 2015/2016. Item 8. To agree/approve precept. Item 9. To discuss/agree public consultation on budget and precept. Items 7 & 8 should have been renumbered. Item 9 first, as in; Democracy and Consultations-which Labour councillors were elected to uphold. They promised to do this in their election manifesto’s four years ago. The upshot of all this is the precept (aka Anston tax) will rise by 1.9%. Moved by St.John and seconded by Beck the Boy Blunder the Labour nodding donkeys voted in agreement to St.John’s motion. Remember both Cllr.Dalton and Cllr.St.John live in Dinnington and will not have to pay the increased precept they have foisted on Anston residents. Anston’s precept has risen by nearly 7% in two years because of Labour’s financial incompetence. Cllr.St.John also referred to a previous claim by a resident that APC’s figures for the precept was heading for a ‘Car Crash’. At the time Chairman Martin Crowther agreed with the resident that yes, they were heading for a car crash. Closer examination of this years budget proposals shows there is no need for any increases for the current financial year. If Labour councillors understood finance they would not be Labour councillors.
Whilst all this pretend democratic debate was underway it was noticed that Mr. Phil Beevers, the Independent (Allegedly) Person from RMBC was taking copious notes during the Skatepark discussions and later told a parishioner to ‘button it’ when the subject of CSE was raised in public question time. He also nodded his approval when St.John was waffling on about the budget. How ‘Independent’ is the RMBC Independent Person? Not very. He shows signs of being a Labour apparatchik which is not his role or function. Former Labour Cllr.-and Magistrate-Judith Reynolds was in muted talks with Mr.Beevers during the meeting (How very strange)and was in full voice when questions were due to be asked about Dalton’s about face concerning her attendance at APC meetings. Mrs. Reynolds asked ‘why aren’t we discussing parish matters?’ I suggest she reads Dalton’s letter to the press and understands fully that Judith Dalton is a Borough and a Parish councillor. There you go, it’s not difficult is it?
Absent again from yesterday’s important finance meeting.
Brindley. Bridges. Crowther (Chair of the Finance Committee!). Stonebridge.