Annual Parish Meeting.

At the Annual Parish Meeting on 31st May the councillors who attended-Cllrs. Tarmey, Thornton, Bentley, Graham, Sadler and Tawn came prepared to listen to and discuss any concerns of the residents of Anston- that is the reason for  the APM.

It is wholly unsatisfactory that the nine other councillors did not attend. Perhaps one or two of them were working or had family commitments but there were not nine apologies for absence recorded. The parishioners of Anston should question their commitment to parish affairs.

Once the meeting commenced complaints about the efficiency and effectiveness of APC were raised ,however a lot of what was said has been said before in council meetings and nobody from the (sparse) audience was prepared to offer any positive ideas or suggestions that  would help to promote community cohesiveness.

Mr.Steve Baker (former APC councillor) raised the question of the Community Woodland and asked why were trees planted near an existing woodland when there are more suitable areas that would benefit from tree planting?

Good question IMV ,perhaps Cllr.Jonathan Ireland, Chairman of the Community Woodland Charity can tell us why he and his fellow members planted more trees near the existing woods on Rackford Meadows?

Nothing of any substance was discussed or resolved at the Annual Parish Meeting, it was a waste of everyone’s time and effort because a vocal minority think they have the Monopoly on Truth and Wisdom.

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23 Responses to Annual Parish Meeting.

  1. Myles says:

    Also i disagree that nothing was resolved as we can now move forward as a council to help communications with members of the public as sites like this are not aware of the full workings of the council clearly as it dosent even know which councilors were even there

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  2. Myles says:

    Well i think there was an important topic on the agenda which hasnt been mentioned yet. Maby the author of the site can add it as an article. The question i posed was ‘How can the Council better communicate with members of the public?’ I posed this question to address issues i feel there are with the council so that it can improve itself. The items i have put on the agenda for the next meeting reflect the answers from the AGM meeting.

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  3. David says:

    Clear case of apc taking to meany projects on trying to out do the old labour party the public have sat though meeting s when some now cllrs themselves have caused disruption sort memories ther is alot of business that could be delt with by the Clark but due to lack of trust this is never going to happen it’s now clear we are now making no progress so at some point rmbc may have to step in apc has no idea how to deal with the business in hand

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  4. S Thornton says:

    Its time to add my view.
    The Annual Electors meeting was the worst meeting I have attended in a long time ( or maybe ever) .
    Attendance, the attendance was pathetic. The initial advertising (on Parish Notice boards) of the event were wrong and one or two councillors pointed this out to the Council Staff. Not enough thought or publicity was put in to reach out to the wider public. Councillors who did not attend, give little representation, to those who they pretend to represent. ( note Cllr Jepson should be added to those who were there, he was at the back but not allowed to speak). Those of the Public, with no previous connections to the Parish Council, Thank you for your time, its just a pity that you had to sit and watch a “car crash” from a certain few other members of the public.
    This event, which is supposed to bring the community together, was hijacked by two or three Regular attendees of Council meetings. All they were there for was to “slag off” the council as best they could. Some true and good points were made, but they were lost in the chaos. and nearly everyone else just “switched off”.
    As to other subjects, tree planting, why do I suspect that the “eco activist ” is councillor Jonathon Ireland. His points of denial are exactly the same ones he has put out to other councillors in previous e-mails. He did not have permission, nor insurance, and his continued efforts at trying to mislead councillors, will be addressed at the next council meeting. It is unacceptable and wrong of our RMBC and Parish Councillors to post on here under assumed names. Not only does it mislead those you represent, it puts your reputation into question. ( I understand that Labour Councillors are not allowed to post on blogs).
    The council is in a precarious position. Its failing in its mission to represent the people of Anston. We as a council struggle to make easy decisions, arguments abound round the table, The Chairman of the meetings are just ignored, by both councillors and members of the Public. when we actually do make a decision, then councillors who were not at the meeting, try to overturn democratic decisions because they do not like the out come. The council meetings are continually disrupted, Mainly by Mr Kavanah and Mr Pearson, and yet councillors cannot or do not have the will to stand up to them. If you will not stand up to the disruptions, then its time to consider why you sit at the table.
    Our Staff could perform better, but its up to councillors to make that happen. Its no good blaming “management” when we councillors cannot get OUR act together. They should be prepared to speak up and back other councillors, who are trying to resolve the issues. Attendance by councillors is dismal, its the same few turning up again and again, If you cannot commit to attending most of the meetings, then you should consider stepping aside and allow someone else to make a difference to the community.
    I on a personal level, (as have others) have worked “behind the scenes” to try to resolve some of the issues, it falls on deaf ears. Until councillors make up their mind to act as councillors, then nothing will change. Unless the Parish Council improves, I personally will seek out the process to dissolve the council,
    Am I being critical, yes I am, but I will be able to hold my head up high, and say I tried to act on behalf of the residents, Its up to others to do the same.
    We are doing those we represent a great disservice. Time to change.

    Cllr Stuart Thornton

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    • Margaret says:

      Maybe if Anston Parish Council is dissolved, as you want, we will have a better service from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. At least they can make decisions at meetings in an orderly fashion. Dissolve away. Things can only get better.

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    • Brian says:

      I took a walk around Rackford Meadows today. The trees are coming on . Well done to the volunteers. It’s a shame Anston Parish Councillors don’t have the same community spirit. Where are the signs? I could not see any. People do need to know who planted them. They may think the parish council did it. Then again that would be only in la la land. Anyway well done Anston Community Woodland Group

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    • phil says:

      The reason Councillor Jepson was not allowed to speak is because he is a resident of Dinnington. The Annual Parish Meeting is for residents of Anston, not councillors. Don’t mislead. Get your facts right, Parish Councillor Thornton. By the way, have you found the £50,000 you stated in your election manifesto that had gone missing? Was this a a blatant lie? Come clean, pray tell.

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    • Watchman says:

      It is you who should read first before commenting. Cllr.Thornton made reference to Cllr.Jepson not being allowed to speak.

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  5. Hilary Estrada-Haigh says:

    Watchman – Councillor Philips – who he?
    Goodness – The public thought councillors were there to formulate solutions!
    APC is a mess, it is failing. If everyone did their job properly APC would not be in such a mess.
    I exclude the cleaners, they do a very good job.
    Does the public realise £200,000 p.a. is spent on administration and wages for this fiasco.
    We deserve better from our hard earned rates contribution.
    Time to dissolve?

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  6. christine sadler says:

    Re Anston meeting. APC is definitely a failing council simply because of the lack of action. Cllrs air their views often with no knowledge of the subject, fail to agree on a plan of action and paid staff too often do not act on resolutions and cllrs have no means of knowing what the heck is going on as the minutes don’t tell us. Maybe a few months down the line someone might think, oooooh I wonder what happened to so and so and resort to putting it back on the agenda only to go through the whole process again. What a waste of time !!!!!!!!!!!
    APC has many problems, a few more dedicated cllrs who actually attend would help.
    On the subject of tree planting on Rackford Meadow, was permission and insurance given by the owner of the field—-APC—–and was permission to erect a gate sign plus a large sign re-naming the place given. This was undoubtably a Labour Party effort with supporting photos of RMBC cllrs and their spades. So topped off by commitees that don’t meet it looks like a shambles from where I’m sitting.

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    • eco-activist says:

      Permission was given in principle upon receipt of a constitution. The constitution was supplied, therefore permission was granted. Anston Community Woodland Group is a member of Rotherfed so therefore are covered by their public liability insurance. Regarding the sign. What is the problem giving local volunteers some recognition for their efforts and community spirit. How do you come to the assumption the trees have any political allegiance? Surely borough councillors were elected to be actively involved in the community. So what is the problem. More trees are good for the environment and will reduce Anston Parish Council’s carbon footprint. Well done to ACWG for positive action to improve the village for all. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5.

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    • Mick Colman says:

      Watchman, Could you please correct me if I am wrong as I have been a bit out of touch lately, but am I correct in believing that Rackford Meadow is a field bought and still being paid for by APC thererfore the people of Anston? If so then what has this to do with either RMBC, their Councillors or ACWG? If permission was not given by APC then the trees and signs must be removed by the people who commited this offence or the Police should be informed and any press publicity should be corrected immediately.

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    • Watchman says:

      Rackford Meadows is being paid for by the residents of Anston via Anston Parish Council at a cost of £12,800 per year until 2033.
      The land has nothing at all to do with RMBC and the question of tree planting on it is the subject of debate on APC.

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    • tim says:

      Had a look at the trees. Wonderful effort by the local volunteers. Couldn’t see any signs. What are you talking about Parish Councillor Sadler. You need to do your research before you slag off the good work of the local volunteers. Well done to Jonathan Ireland for forming Anston Community Woodland Group. I hope more projects are in the pipeline. Next time don’t bother with parish council land as Thornton and Sadler seem to against improving the village. Shame on you.

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    • derek says:

      Thanks for the trees Anston Community Woodland Group. Well done.

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  7. David says:

    Not meany locals ther then probably due to the fact nobody new about it due to bad advertising

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  8. vocalyokel says:

    I thought Cllr Bentley’s invisibility cloak was brilliant, does anyone know where I can get one ?

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    • Watchman says:

      I owe an apology to Cllrs.Bentley, Manship and Philips.
      I published the article based on information given and the minutes of the APM have not been published on APC’s website.

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  9. Philip Matthews says:

    You do a tremendous disservice to Cllr. Myles Manship who played an active part in the meeting.
    Oh! and by the way, I was there too. Now, I just have to convince the wife !!

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  10. andymilner says:

    I can only speak for Dinnington but this year Dinnington’s Annual Town Meeting was advertised on every Council Notice Board (including Town Council website) and mentioned several times on Social Media (specifically Dinnington Forum on Facebook – a large group). Quite a few people said they’d turn up and a few did, operative words being “a few”. The following months meeting there was only one member of the public there. I fail to see what more can be done to get the public out of this apathy that they currently have.

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  11. Mick Colman says:

    When I attended the APM (can’t remember whether it was last year or the year before) there were only four Councillors in attendance including myself, so nine seems a good turnout. Personally I am a bit baffled as to why this meeting is needed. Members of the public have several means of asking the Council questions. They could attend any of the scheduled Council meetings, send a letter or email their question or even attend one of the Councillors surgeries. I have not seen this meeting advertised anywhere in Anston or Dinnington. If nobody knows about it then it’s hardly surprising that it was a waste of time. I wonder who the vocal minority were, anyone I know?

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    • Watchman says:

      Every English Parish must have an Annual Parish Meeting (Local Government Act 1972, s13(1)).
      This meeting consists of the local government electors registered for the area for which it is held i.e. all those who have a right to vote in Anston.
      It can be convened by the Parish Council Chairman, two Parish Councillors or six electors for the area for which it is to be held. The meeting must be held each year between 1st March and 1st June (incl.) and must be after 6pm in the evening.

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