Something To Think About.

With not many councillors on APC having a business background it is not surprising that the topic of staff and operating costs is not prominent. In the current financial difficult times Anston Parish Council should strive for the community to get best value for any contract or purchase they issue.                                                                                                     Anston Parish councillors are tasked with delivering best value for the community and maybe the time is now for them to take a long hard look at costs and            a)  think the unthinkable                                                                                                               b)  ask the diffic ult questions about how they operate                                                                  c)  make changes that benefit the community                                                                                d)  keep costs under control

Like every other enterprise is APC actively trying to reduce their staff and operating costs?                                                                                                                                                      Is APC actively debating delegating roles and responsibilities for the care and maintenance of things like Rackford Meadows and play areas to local interest groups?                                                                                                                                                   If not why not?                                                                                                                                Isn’t that what Localism is all about?

Reducing the burdens on local taxpayers:                                                                       Why can’t Anston and Dinnington councils share IT and legal costs?                                                                                                                                                   Why shouldn’t they share waste and recycling services?                                                       Why can’t they share transport and equipment usage and costs?                                      There are no valid reasons why the costs of the annual Bonfire night and fireworks display cannot be shared between Anston and Dinnington. 

Labour councillors who control Anston and Dinnington councils have ideological reasons for not sharing; It means they have to be Open, Honest and Transparent and in Anston that does not and will not happen.                                       The Localism Act includes a ‘general power of competence’.The new, general power gives councils more freedom to work together with others in new ways to drive down costs. It gives them increased confidence to do creative, innovative things to meet local people’s needs. Councils have asked for this power because it will help them get on with the job.                                                                                                                                           If Labour councillors on APC knew what they were doing, if they were not economic illiterates and really cared for residents and the community they profess to serve this question needs to be asked: why is APC having to take money from the reserve fund to balance the accounts?  Why didn’t Anston Labour councillors debate costs and revenue before 2010 instead of blaming ‘the cuts’ for their incompetence?            Sharing costs with Dinnington (and/or Woodsetts) could help to reduce costs and stop further increases in the precept-aka Anston Tax.

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10 Responses to Something To Think About.

  1. S Thornton says:

    Your right Watchman, it can be done. It only takes one or two people to push for change. Sad to say as long as Anston is being run by people from Dinnington (Dalton and St John) then nothing will happen.
    Sorry to keep harping on, but vote for the Independents and there will be massive change both in finance and the way the Parish Council operates.
    Change or Tax rises, simple really.

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  2. S Thornton says:

    If it saves the Taxpayers of Anston Money, then I am all for it.
    Its still quite a novel idea for Parish/Town councils to work together believe it or not. It is quite hard to get Councils to work together to reduce costs because its such an alien concept. On nearly all Councils you have the progressives who want to move new ideas forward, and then there is the older, longer serving ones that wont shift on anything. (Anston is a perfect example) Such simple things, such as all getting together and using the same garage for vehicle fuel, you then contact all the local garages and ask who is going to give the biggest discount. If I am Elected back to the Parish Council, and we have a majority of Independents, then I have plans that will save the Parish Council and in turn the People of Anston, Thousands of pounds, and it involves working with other Parish/Town councils.
    Sad think is, it wont happen if the people of Anston elect a Labour majority again.
    Vote for the Independents and watch your Parish Council Tax go down, Simple really.

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    • Watchman says:

      Parish councils working together is not so radical:

      Partnership.
      There are some matters that are dealt with more effectively by a number of parish councils working together. Misterton Parish Council collaborates with Beckingham-cum-Saundby, Everton, Gringley on the Hill, Mattersey, Misson, Walkeringham and West Stockwith Parish Councils on issues like housing, planning, policing, etc. through membership of the North East Bassetlaw Forum (NEBF).
      The Parish Council is also a member of the Northern Area Committee of Nottinghamshire Local Councils Association, (NALC) which is a larger grouping of parish councils working for the general good of the area.
      http://www.misterton-notts-pc.gov.uk/

      It can be done!

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  3. S Thornton says:

    The four true Independents, Baker, Jarvis, Jepson and Thornton, have been holding the Labour Party to account on everything.
    (a) Think the unthinkable.
    The Independents were the first to break the news that RMBC are to strip Anston of £30,000 in the next three years. We were trying to think the unthinkable and look for massive reductions in the Budget. The Labour Cllrs, including the RMBC Cllrs Beck, Burton,and Dalton all stayed stum and did not make any effort to reduce budget costs. They voted at RMBC to rip us off the £30,000
    (b) Ask the difficult questions about how they operate.
    I can confidently state that the true independents do ask the difficult questions, which quite upsets St John and the rest of the Labour Party. That`s why their only response is to bully those who dare to question them. They get irate because we constantly show them up for what they are. The Bullying has been directed at myself, but now St John is turning his attention to Clive Jepson. We will not back down and we will continue to ask the awkward questions.
    (c) Make changes that benefit the Community.
    Independent Cllrs are trying to make a difference, but every time we have a good idea that benefits Anston, St John goes against it, then is backed up by Dalton and then all the Labour Members do as they are told and vote with them. The sad thing is that whilst we are trying to make a difference, the two Cllrs who live in Dinnington ( St John and Dalton) always squash the idea, and play the Party machine. Party first Anston second.
    (d) keep costs under control
    LABOUR ARE UNABLE TO READ A SIMPLE BUDGET. Its a fact that the Two Labour Cllrs who forced through this years budget , did not have a clue on how to understand simple budget figures. The Independents proposed a “no rise budget”, they Proposed a 1.9% rise . In all the budget meeting I have attended, I don`t believe that we have ever started with the words “shall we keep it the same as last year” or “shall we cut the budget this year” . The two people who do not pay our taxes have year after year voted to put ours up.
    I did an exercise this year and I believed I could have shaved around “£50,000 from our tax, guess what, not even talked about.
    Its simple, VOTE LABOUR, UP GOES YOUR TAX
    VOTE INDEPENDENTS IN MAY AND THE TAX GOES DOWN
    Simple simple.

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  4. Daves S says:

    What a stupid idea. You clearly have no idea how council funding is given or how it legally has to be sent. Again more incompetent writing from Anston Parish Council Watch

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    • Watchman says:

      If you had spent a little more time researching collaboration between councils you would have found this; The National Audit Office has reviewed how central and local government works-or fails to work-together.Neighbouring councils sharing services to cut costs and others working hard to involve local voluntary groups in their decision making. Sharing ideas and expertise and joint training days for example. Many local authorities have already begun to evaluate how, and with whom, they deliver their services.
      As for ‘incompetence’ you insult 14,194 viewers across the globe and the 270 people who have commented.
      condemnant quod non intellegunt perhaps?

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    • Cliff Topp says:

      I think you mean “damnant quod non intelligunt”. If you’re going to throw Latin phrases about, at least get them right.

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    • Watchman says:

      Both are acceptable. The quod here is ambiguous: it may be the relative pronoun or a conjunction.

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  5. Insider says:

    What an excellent idea!
    Instead of APC acting like a private club I also think they should seriously consider sharing costs particularly Bonfire night and grasscutting. I would have suggested sharing Christmas lights but Dinnington’s lights are shabby and APC does not bother. We could have a ‘Community Day’ on Rackford Meadows instead of Dalton Day outside Anston Parish Hall.
    It is worrying when APC has to dip into the reserve fund because they cannot manage our money properly and considering the length of time Labour has controlled APC I would expect them to have learned there is always ‘Feast and Famine’ during economic cycles.
    Perhaps after May we will have more astute councillors to manage our affairs.

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