Anston in the Digital Age

The most frustrating thing about editing Anston Parish Council Watch is not trying to keep the pages fresh and up to date, not having to contact people about news from clubs and societies when they should be contacting me to promote themselves, not having to try and help people remember their passwords to log on but it is…..trying to get our Parish Council to understand the ethos the web site uses to reflect our community!

APCW is a total communication organ for the benefit of all the residents of our village, its raison d’etre is to quickly disseminate all the news & notices of events that it can gather that may directly affect, or be of interest to all villagers without prejudice or favour.  The site is also here to facilitate the people of our community to communicate with each other via the Forum facility, where any registered viewer can start a subject thread or add their comments to an existing one where any reader can put their own thoughts into words and open up to the whole community if they wish, when people do this they will also usually allow any reader to comment on their posts.  So, there is the opportunity for others to comment on, agree with, show their disagreement with, or add to a subject.

It is a facility for democracy; the very word Forum is reminiscent of the original idea of ‘democracy’.
The site moderator has in the past, and will in the future, cut, delete or arrange alterations to any posts that are deemed unacceptable by the rules of the web site. Censorship cannot be dictated to the web site editor by others just because an item is not quite ‘polite’, or for any other reason.

On several occasions certain councillors and regulars-usually hiding behind false names- have publicly sniped at others excercising their right to lay bare their thoughts about certain activities and organisations on here. I find double standards extremely frustrating!
These attacks seem to me to intend that a distinction is not made between the main object of their attack and the original post! I would remind posters that this is Anston, in England, in 2017, and not North Korea or Moscow in the 1960’s!

I personally think that our Parish Council generally does a good job when keeping within the ‘Statutory Provisions’ area of its remit but as I started saying at the beginning of this post it is very frustrating when not only is the website constantly sniped at, and the people of the village often deprived of receiving important information emanating from or via the Parish Council due to a peevish attitude in not using the web site to publish it.
We will always do our best to support and promote all village clubs, societies and institutions of the village including the Parish Council if they so desire it.
This support is also extended to the Parish Magazine and the wonderful job it does for the village which means that Anston Parish Council Watch will not be submitting to the editor any response to councillor’s attacks in that particular publication in order to ensure that the relationship is not prejudiced.

As a villager and not wearing the ‘Editor’s Hat’ I have today spoken to others who may have felt inclined to respond but will now exercise restraint.
In order to preserve total independence this web site does not accept any advertising at all or even seek occasional hand-outs from bodies such as the Parish Council.  The site is maintained solely by the generosity of the site owners and my own time and effort and occasional help from others.
This blog is a great project with worldwide readership but sometimes very frustrating to be the editor of!

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