Making Decisions?

Why does it take APC forever to make decisions?

How long should it take to make a decision?

Skatepark-Discussed for at least 6/7 years.

Crowgate-Discussed for the last 4 years.

The Green-Ongoing for the last 2 years.

Repair and reinstate the football pitch on the Recreation ground. Discussed for the last 4 years.

Repairs to the Annexe-Known about for at least 4 years and the structural report was discussed by councillors 4 weeks ago.

Seek external funding for major projects-Discussed for the past 18 months.

New restroom and storage area for the groundstaff-Voted for last year.

Lots of discussions, very little action. What a shambles.

In March 2016 we published this:

https://anstonparishcouncilwatch.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/how-hard-can-it-be/

APC councillors still find it very difficult to work together for the benefit of Anston. Even more galling is that the same 6/8 councillors diligently attend Charity and Finance meetings and it is rare for all councillors to attend full council meetings. What happened to ‘We want to do the best for Anston’?

Numerous agenda items are deferred because either the sponsor of the item does not attend a council meeting or the council meetings run out of time. What on earth is going on? No single councillor is at fault but collectively APC is  disorganised, disunited and fails to make sure resolutions agreed by the council are carried out.

We need better decision making and more visible evidence that APC is actually doing something. Instead of just talking.

 

 

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24 Responses to Making Decisions?

  1. Mark says:

    Possibly it sounds if there’s one hell of a mess from what I can make out looks like somebody needs to find some answers Not sure what it’s about but looks like balloon gone up

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    • Watchman says:

      This has gone far enough.I’m not interested in who does what for whom.
      Stick to the subject of the thread or your comments will be binned.

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  2. Mark says:

    I think someone needs to get ther fact s straight Mr Pearson is not a contractor at anston parish council and as apparently told the clerk to remove is company from there file s so you can bet you all have unleashed the lion

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  3. Dave Bucklow says:

    I wonder if the two contractors-posing as members of the public-realise they have no legal right to speak at parish council meetings?
    The last time I attended a parish council meeting 12 months ago I found them to rude and disruptive with no idea of the rules of debate. They attend because they have vested interests in council business and they have a complete disregard for other members of the public who also want to ask questions. It is no wonder parish business is delayed.
    Perhaps the parish council should consider not having a public session for a few meetings until all outstanding business is dealt with?

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  4. S Thornton says:

    I wonder if “Mark” is Mr Pearson hiding behind another name again ?. One of the reasons why some of the business at Parish Council meetings are not being done, is due to the constant disruption by Mr Kavanah and Mr Pearson. (Both of whom insist they attend the meetings as members of the Public, yet factually, are Parish Council contractors). A perfect example is that tonight, yet again they refused to adhere to the instructions of the chairman. After repeated requests, the meeting was suspended twice, and then closed down early.
    The other reason why decisions are not being made in a timely manner, is due to lack of prep by some Councillors before meetings. Some councillors, after two years, still do not know how to conduct themselves in meetings, and others have not got a basic grasp of standing orders.
    Half the council do not turn up for meetings (so why did they stand for Election/Co option) and when they do, they then try to overturn previous decisions unlawfully.
    For two years now both of the elected Chairman have struggled to retain order in meetings. The fault does not lie with them, it lies with all the other councillors who “attack” them, when they should be supporting them.
    The Parish Council at present, in its current form, is not fit to do the job. ALL councillors should take a good long hard look at themselves and ask the question of why they are there. If the answer is not, to work for the interests of the Parish, then they should go.
    Finally, I would be really pleased , if Mr K or Mr P wants to have another rant at me, that they use their real names. That way your rants will have more effect and people might actually believe every word you say.

    S Thornton

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    • Mr Mick Colman says:

      There are about six anonymous posters on here who make the same grammatical errors every time they write. They are either the same person or several people taking the P. I know what my guess is. You are quite right of course S Thornton about the disgraceful performances by certain members of the public disrupting meetings and causing delays but there are also other obvious and maybe some not so obvious reasons for regularly not getting through all of the agenda items.

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    • Gretna from the green says:

      Hi everyone gretna here, I am a new comer to this site and this comment has really caught my eye.

      Your comment has been moderated because it does not address the topic and you make unfounded allegations

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    • Gretna from the green says:

      Well I really thought this site was better than this moderating comments to suit certain people and not the public. Perhaps another site needs to be set up along side this one to allow people to speak freely as you clearly only allow this for certain people on here…

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    • Watchman says:

      So go ahead……..

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  5. Mark says:

    Mr colman please tell us what as been achieved items being referred then coming back to be referred again public writing in then given no response for months or not at all how is anyone else responsible for this other than apc the fact is apc is in a terrible state of affairs and trying to hide the fact is insult and unfortunately time is slowly running out it is possible that if things get any worse rmbc may have to step in and take control or monitor it’s progress things are not satisfactory here so please don’t try and sugar coat

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    • Watchman says:

      It really would help if you use comma’s,full stops.and Capital letters when writing a comment.
      This is a blog not a social media site.

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    • Mr Mick Colman says:

      Not one sensible, true reason for delays in why the council seems to get nothing done. They are just the latest attacks on some of the councillors and the administrators while the real perpetrators and their actions are conveniently ignored. Mr Multi-Alias, you have just added to the bull****.

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    • Mr Mick Colman says:

      I am not sugar coating anything. What I am saying is that the usual independent Council haters on here are not addressing the real reasons for delays while they are quick off the mark pushing the blame elsewhere, mainly to innocent Councillors. The people causing delays and other problems are from both within and outside of the Council, they know who they are and they should all be ashamed of themselves. Helping the people of Anston? do me a favour.

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  6. Mr Mick Colman says:

    An excellent and informative article, however regarding the replies, well I havn’t read such a load of bull**** for a long time. Not one sensible, true reason for delays in why the council seems to get nothing done. They are just the latest attacks on some of the councillors and the administrators while the real perpetrators and their actions are conveniently ignored. Someone needs to come on here and tell the real reason why the Council looks lethargic.

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  7. David Caukwell. says:

    What a sad state of affairs.
    The 2015 intake of councillors had a golden opportunity to show they could be a ‘new broom’ and revitalise the parish council. After 18 months of shilly shallying, obfuscation and the inability to make a real difference for everyone’s benefit AP councillors are drifting aimlessly.
    Where is the purpose? What are the plans for Anston?
    APC needs a swift kick-or a bomb-up the bum and needs to work as a cohesive body.

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  8. Mark says:

    I am not trying to sidetrack anything but it’s clear apc cannot make a decision on anything even where such simple items are involved such as dog bins referring items from one meeting to the next the inability to manage the every day tasks of the parish workers so my next question is how do you solve this I totally agree with some one or body to act on behalf of apc until it can manage it’s self to a standard that is expected or face a grim future because of ignorance and unwanted criticism this can only damage apc beyond repair

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  9. Mark says:

    The problem you’re referring to is due to one cllr trying to go it alone ther for the rest of apc as had ther confidence undermined wich in my opinion is starting to show in no progress and is in its self is not in the public interest debate is the way things get done it’s high time cllrs stood ther ground make ther own points on issues and vote for what they believe should happen only one person is dominating apc make the changes or lose public support or cllrs

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    • Watchman says:

      I said no single councillor is at fault. Why do you persist in your diatribe?
      You will not sidetrack this thread into the blame game. Stick to the subject or be blocked.
      Your choice.

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  10. vocalyokel says:

    The PC is dysfunctional to say the least and the problems are at all levels,not least the part time management staff (3) Who manage the 3 full time ground staff. The 3 ground staff are a laughing stock throughout the village. It needs something at the PC similar to what they had at RMBC after the CSE affair, namely individuals from outside who can takeover the running of the PC and give guidance to both the members of the PC and the so called management team.

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  11. Insider says:

    Anston Parish Council does have a problem with decision making and the fault for this could be the complete lack of management skills displayed by councillors,the Clerk and the Senior Administrator (Is there a Junior Administrator?)
    Council meetings are not conducted in an efficient and timely manner. Far too much time is spent discussing instead of doing and the new crop of councillors-even after 18 months-are no closer to resolving simple problems that should and could have been sorted and resolved 12 months ago.
    It is my understanding that most councillors claim to have a business background, if that is so then parish affairs should be conducted in a business-like atmosphere instead of wasting time with endless discussions.
    Get a grip people, time is running short.

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