I pose a question to the good people of Anston. Is it morally right that the Parish Council continues to pay two local contractors who continually, at meetings, verbally abuse the Chairman, and ignore his instructions to stop disrupting the proceedings, and blatantly laugh at the Chairman when he states he may ask them to leave. Both these contractors talk over the Chairman whilst he is trying to conduct the meeting.
For approximately the last 18 months, both Mr Kavanagh and Mr Pearson have attended Parish Council Meetings. At nearly every meeting they have tried to disrupt proceedings by verbally abusing, not only the Chairman, but verbally abusing myself when I stand to protest at their behaviour. I personally have been threatened by both these two contractors.
The two contractors make out that when they attend Parish Council Meetings, they do so as members of the public. They become verbally abusive when they are referred to as contractors. Immediately the Parish Council meeting finishes, Mr Kavanagh proceeds to lock up the Parish Hall, and in turn Mr Pearson locks the security gates to the rear of the building. Whilst doing this, both are employed/contracted by the very same Council that they verbally abuse. After this continued abuse, the Council then pays them.
Is it morally right that the contractors are allowed to verbally abuse Parish Councillors and then hold out their hand next day for payment from the very people they abuse.
There is another moral dilemma, When the abuse occurs, most councillors just look down at the desk, others laugh along with the contractors when this abuse is given.
The Parish council cannot/ or will not take any action against these two. Why, are they scared of them ??
One contractor verbally abuses the Parish Staff, posts unsavoury comments about them on social media, undermines their confidence, and still the Council are afraid of taking any action. Why?
The question again is “Is it morally right that the parish Council continues to pay two local contractors who verbally abuse Parish Council Members and Staff?
Strong words and in many ways wholly justified.
I have previously seen and heard the two people mentioned and I have to say their ignorance of procedures at parish meetings is outstanding.
The rules state clearly that a member of the public can ask a question at APC meetings and an answer is usually given. When the question is answered it is not then an excuse for a debate. If anyone has further questions or needs the answer expanding you either wait until the next meeting or write to the Clerk. It is very simple.
I suspect their behaviour is related to the fact they no longer get jobs handed to them on a plate-as ex part-time councillor Judy Dalton and Iain St.John used to do-nor are they privy to the same amount of information.
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