Last Monday evening (16th March) after the F & GP meeting it was time for the Anston Parish Council meeting. Now updated with video recording in four parts* Item 7 on the agenda: To consider breach of Code of Conduct by member. Including 7(i): 7(ii):7(iii): 7(iv):7(v) all of which related to an altercation between Cllr.Stuart Thornton and Mr.Bill Brindley-Husband of sham Independent Joyce Brindley. The RMBC Standards Committee and Hearing Panel had met and decided previously that Cllr.Thornton had been a Naughty Boy and should be punished. This included exclusion from all committees, sub committees and any outside appointments plus ‘training’ for him. You might think the procedures and sanctions are appropriate in this case. Both Cllr.Thornton and Mr. Brindley were bound over last year to keep the peace. For a person who has no previous criminal record and has committed an offence which is not too serious (e.g. common assault or fight in public place without any weapon), the prosecution may agree to offer no evidence against that person on condition that the person agrees to be bound over by the Magistrate. The advantage of this procedure (commonly called “O.N.E. Bind Over”) from the accused person’s viewpoint is that he is technically acquitted of the criminal charge and so will not have any criminal conviction record. The Magistrate has decided what the punishment should be and as neither the Monitoring Officer-Jacqui Collins-nor the members of the Standards Committee are magistrates it could be argued they were acting ultra vires.( (Law) (predicative) beyond the legal power or authority of a person, corporation, agent, etc) Back to the kangaroo court at APC. As shambling John Ireland (Chairman) bumbled and mumbled his way through the letter from RMBC which detailed what punishments should befall Cllr.Thornton the idiotic and tiresome Joyce Brindley started to pull silly faces whilst looking round the table for support. No-one else gave her a second glance. Breaches of the Code of Conduct should be investigated and any sanctions should be proportionate however it has been the long standing aim of Anston Labour councillors to muzzle Cllr.Thornton because he holds them to account for their actions and questions most of their decisions. It is what Independent councillors do to protect their constituents instead of blindly raising their hands to agree with every Labour motion.
A meeting of Rotherham Council’s Standards Committee was held on Thursday 12th March. A report to the meeting said there had been more than 35 complaints regarding Anston Parish Council in the last two and a half years. The committee were considering three options to resolve the issues at Anston Parish Council: an intervention costing £8,000 (Which will be paid by all Anston residents) or as a last resort, the abolition of the parish council or a merger with another council. They decided to postpone making a decision until after the May elections.
There you have it; A parish council under intense scrutiny and in real danger of being abolished or merged controlled by an inept clique of Labour councillors set themselves up as judge and jury(Following orders from politically biased Jacqui Collins) to sanction an Independent councillor but will not investigate Judy Dalton’s undeclared gangs and grooming business nor St.John’s links with the Brethren.
Missing from Monday’s meeting: Beck. Bridges. Burton. Crowther. Stonebridge