Tonight’s APC meetings (Monday 20th April) was more noticeable for the number of empty chairs round the table. Attendees: Cllr.Beck (aka The Boy Blunder) Cllr.St.John. Cllr.Baker. (Ind.) Cllr.Jarvis. (Ind.) Cllr.Jepson. (Ind.) Cllr.Thornton. (Ind.) Afraid to turn up: Bridges. Brindley. (Sham Independent) Burton. Crowther. Dalton. Ireland.(Sham Independent) O’Brien. Stonebridge. Wardle.
First the F &GP Committee meeting. St.John nominated as Chairman who said he “will not have interruptions from councillors and members of the public” On to Item 7. ‘consider two quotes for hanging baskets’. One quote was for £7,000 and the other was for £8,ooo. Value for money? You decide. Item 10. ‘to consider single quote for fireworks display’. £7,750. “Which includes VAT and all insurances”. Whoopy Doopy Do. At this stage of the proceedings St.John showed why he should have been a detective; “It’s always been on November 5th”. No sh*t Sherlock? These costs were not approved and will have to be considered by the new Parish Council at the meeting on May 18th.
We then move on to the Parish Council Meeting. St.John as Chairman. Public Session. Item b) ‘Allow questions relating to APCRG which will be relayed to the Charity’. “Can the Charity lend money?” St.John and the Clerk to the Council went into a brief huddle. “The answer is no“. “Why has the charity lent £8,000?” “Erm,er, it hasn’t lent it, it is owed it”. “So the charity has debts of £8,000?” “Yes” How strange. The requirements for a Charity say ‘ As a trustee, you must run your charity with as much care as you would manage your own affairs. That means making sure it’s solvent, well-run and meets the needs for which it is set up’. Item 2. Declaration of members DPI or personal interests. A question from Cllr.Thornton to St.John which made St.John raise his voice and talk across Cllr.Thornton so the answer was lost in the noise. Item 5. ‘To confirm minutes of the meeting of APC on 16th March 2015’. A female resident said she objected because the minutes did not reflect an altercation between her and Cllr.Thornton, at this point St.John was going to let Mrs.Angry carry on in full flow until Cllr.Thornton said the minutes were supposed to be a true record and could not be discussed unless a separate resolution was passed. Our heroic chairman said he was going to hear the complaint until other residents said they would also exercise their right to speak as well. It all went downhill from that point so St.John did what he is good at. He shouted he would close the meeting. Instead of staying calm and regaining control of the meeting he lost his temper and lost control. Another exiting episode from the (Poorly attended) Anston Comedy Club. .