Big Mouth Tries To Cause Dissent.

Anston Parish Council leaks like a sieve.

During the past 6 months it has become apparent that someone very closely connected to the council has got a mouth the size of the Woodhead Tunnel. As examples on two occasions private information has been disclosed to a contractor and in the last instance former councillor Steve Baker gave councillors on the Staffing Committee a critique of what he perceived to be general management failures and the mismanagement of the ground staff. The details of that discussion was totally misrepresented to the ground staff. This has been confirmed by councillors who gave separate accounts of the meeting when the details of the leak was disclosed.

On another occasion the contents of a private email to the Clerk were leaked. This was reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office who declared it was a Breach of the Data Protection Act, Schedules 1 & 6.

Whoever is repeating and/or disclosing the contents of meetings and emails should realise he/she is not only breaching the Code of Conduct (which would be reported to RMBC’s Monitoring Officer) but also putting themselves and APC in a potentially difficult (and costly) position if the ICO decides to investigate and take action over the breach of the DPA.

Following the introduction of the Privacy and Electronic
Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, there is no longer a requirement to demonstrate substantial damage and substantial distress in PECR cases.  Therefore, in order to serve a monetary penalty notice (Up to £500,000) under PECR, the Commissioner need only be satisfied that; There has been a serious contravention of the requirements of PECR by a person, the contravention was deliberate; or, the person knew, or ought to have known, that there was a risk that the contravention would occur, but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the contravention.

The Clerk to the Council, the RFO and Anston Parish councillors need to get a grip to identify the person with the loose mouth and tighten their procedures.

 

 

 

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15 Responses to Big Mouth Tries To Cause Dissent.

  1. Gregorz says:

    I much enjoy this blog, is very good.
    Watchman makes the good comments to peoples who are missing the points.
    Some peoples on here are not very good at reading what is the article about.
    Why do they do this? Some English peoples are stupid I think.

    English is not my language, I hope you can understand me.
    Dzienkuje. It means thank you

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  2. S Thornton says:

    The “big mouth” seems to be assisting Mr Pearson yet again. At last nights Council meeting, Mr Pearson let it be known that a member of the public was allowed to speak to the Staffing Committee at Item No 7 on the agenda, he then went on to say that there was also (X) number of items relating to Contractors. I find this very interesting, because the agenda is only sent out to Parish Councillors. He clearly has the ear of at least one Councillor. He then went on and started his now normal routine of attacking me personally, ignoring the Chairman and challenging him to throw him out. And as normal all the councillors ( with the exception of one or two) sat there and let him get away with it. He sat there laughing at them because they dare do nothing and he knows it. How embarrassed do they have to be to take any action. Some though seem to be in agreement with his actions, because they now accuse me of being the problem, I stand up to the Bullying, and are then attacked by fellow Members, watch this space.

    Cllr Thornton

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    • billy says:

      Just a reminder of how a meeting is policed. The Chairman is in charge of a meeting. He is the only one who can control the meeting. If everyone joins in trying to silence the public the meeting will descend into chaos. It doesn’t help when a councillor ignores and talks over the Chairman. Self discipline is for the public and councillors. Back in the day, before some councillors held office they did exactly the same thing. Maybe poetic justice? Don’t bite, swallow your pride and carry on with meetings. Bringing the council into disrepute by arguing with the public is against standing orders.

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    • Watchman says:

      What exactly has your post got to do with a big mouth blabbing and releasing confidential information which is the subject of this thread?

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    • joey says:

      Surely the agenda of any council meeting or committee meeting is in the public domain and is not secret. On the agenda is an item to propose any items that need to go into confidential session, until the confidential items are discussed any member of the public can observe the committee meeting or council meeting. This means that the agenda is not confidential and any member of the public can view it. Even a Staffing Committee meeting is not confidential until the confidential items are to be discussed. I hope this clarifies the situation as I do not see how this implied leak has anything to do with ‘big mouth’.

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    • Watchman says:

      I think you need a reality check.
      Staffing Meetings are confidential. Would you like your salary and benefits discussed in public?
      I thought not.
      I check my sources before publication and I can assure you and everyone else confidential information has been leaked about the discussions by the Staffing Committee and other confidential meetings.
      I understand Mr.Pearson referred to the Staffing Meeting discussions in the Public session at the council meeting on Monday 21st November.
      Send me your personal financial details and I’ll publish them then you can start bleating.

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    • joey says:

      You need to make sure your facts are correct. The last staffing meeting did not have any agenda items regarding staff salaries or employment contracts. But any how, even staffing meetings are not confidential until the items for confidential discussion have been decided under the agenda item to identify any item where the press and public are to be excluded. So it seems ‘big mouth’ has a smaller mouth than you thought.

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    • Watchman says:

      You post complete and utter rubbish.
      Staffing Meetings have never been open to the public.

      “Staffing Minutes 27.09.16.
      Please note the contents are confidential as press and public were excluded from the meeting.

      Are you going to reveal your identity and explain how you know what was discussed?
      You appear to be a recipient of big mouth’s breach of confidentiality.

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    • barry says:

      Please identify your true identity, as you seem to know too much about confidential staffing meeting minutes. Either you are a chum of big mouth or a councillor with loose lips.

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    • Watchman says:

      Wrong on all counts.
      The exclusion of members of the public from staffing meetings is common knowledge.
      Or can’t you read?

      Don’t try to bait me, you’ll lose.

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    • barry says:

      I can read. It would be an advantage not to so I would not be subject to trash comments. The question still stands – how do you know so much about confidential matters?

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    • Watchman says:

      How do you think political commentators get their news?
      Stick to the thread or buzz off

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  3. Insider. says:

    I often hear rumours about APC and the ground staff and like everyone else I ignore them.
    The current council is more open and honest than the previous administration and I’ve also seen the staff in their new (ish) truck which seems to me that some councillors do care about the welfare of the ground workers compared with the previous administration who completely ignored the staff and the piece of junk they had to drive.

    This isn’t about whether or not the staff are fully productive it is about a person with his/her own agenda who leaks confidential information. This conflicts with the 2nd Nolan Principle: Integrity.
    Whoever is leaking information would do well to use a dictionary to understand what the word means.

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  4. vocalyokel says:

    Wonder what he had to say ? I would bet the staff are a bit disconcerted with someone who has all the angles giving their opinion on them. If I’m correct in my knowledge probably the only person to have experience as a former contractor, councillor and resident of the village I can imagine why the staff would not want this individual reporting back on their short Cummings.

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