During the 10 months the ‘new’ APC has been in existence there seems to be a distinct lack of co-operation between some new councillors. An awful lot of time is spent bickering about minor points instead of discussing the agenda, consequently at least 30% of parish business is unfinished. No councillor in particular is to blame for this state of affairs, it’s just the inability of councillors to gel together and work for the benefit of the parish. It could be due to inexperience, over eagerness and/or poor leadership but the blame game does not work and has no place in parish council business.. We had years and years of political point scoring, arguments, verbal abuse and complaints to the previous Monitoring Officer and although we won’t see a re-run of the previous shambolic parish council it shouldn’t be difficult for 15 people to work together. People who stated they wanted the best for Anston and to move on from the past. How hard can it be?
At Anston Parish Council meetings there is one agenda-which councillors receive well in advance. It is not an invitation to councillors to pursue their version of the agenda and nitpick or quarrel with opposing points of view and opinions. (The same rules apply to members of the public who also attend APC meetings)
Healthy debate is part of and necessary in a democratic society and we should welcome that but the agenda and council business should be at the forefront of councillors minds. How hard can it be?