Anston Parish Council-Councillors Corner

The truth about Anston Parish Council.

This site aims to keep you informed on all matters Parish with some Borough information to flavour the mix.
The 3rd Monday in the month is Parish Council meeting night- this is your chance to meet the Councillors and share your questions and/or raise any issues during the public questions session. If you’ve never been before – it’s an interesting insight into how the council works and the decisions they make which affects you.

Independent Councillors are free from Influence, Persuasion, Bias, Control or Determination from any Political Group, Party or Individual.

Independent Parish Councillors work for YOU-not a political party.

This page is also for councillors to explain what they do,what they cannot do and how Anston Parish Council works.                                                                                                            The views expressed on here do not necessarily reflect the views of Anston Parish Council.                                                                                                                                We have agreed contributors can remain anonymous. This is not only to protect them  from claims they may be breaching the Code of Conduct but also to protect them from malicious and spurious comments.                                                                        xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Parish councils, as depicted in the BBC series The Casual Vacancy (February 2015) are rife with scheming and intrigue and peopled by oddballs – Allegedly.

Parish councils, we are led to believe, are hotbeds of intrigue, corruption and passion. Those who sit on them, a colourful mixture of oddballs and zealots. Or so one might think if television is to be believed.

In JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, the BBC adaptation of which was shown last February, scheming characters are pitted against each other in fictional Pagford’s local authority. This follows the long-running Vicar of Dibley, a BBC sitcom that painted a frequently hilarious picture of parish councillors. Funny, but wildly inaccurate.

There was no hard-fought election or cut-throat campaigning to win my seat. Like most of the other members we had no opposition when the Labour administration ran off. If you’re looking for intrigue, I’m afraid that’s as far as it tends to go in a real parish council. As for corruption, there’s absolutely no scope for back-handers.

There is unemployment and economic need in our area. Not everyone is prosperous or well-heeled. There are council houses and large houses within the parish boundaries. Yet the most the parish council can do to tackle this is fight on your behalf for our fair of revenues and new employment opportunities. Everything else is beyond our remit-including saving the Greenbelt, sadly. For contrary to what many believe, we have very little power and influence when it comes to planning. We can express an opinion, sure, but that doesn’t mean anyone further up the chain takes any notice.

Since we are all volunteers, there are surely better ways to spend our free time. So why do I continue? I do wonder sometimes. But had I wanted to live anonymously, having nothing to do with my neighbours or community, I’d stay at home.

It is this community, the excellent primary schools, the proximity of good local shops and access to our beautiful  countryside that encouraged me and my family to stay here in Anston, not the parish council. But it’s something I have come to value.

Now, if I cut my finger badly, half the village knows before I’ve even put the plaster on. The parish council, while lacking the plotting or comedy of its on-screen representations, is part of that shared experience, and Anston is all the better for having one.                                                                xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx










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21 Responses to Anston Parish Council-Councillors Corner

  1. Mick says:

    Hope you don’t mind me as an ex Councillor asking a question. Why has the “leave a comment” and “Reply” boxes gone from a blog only 10 days after publishing, especially when the topic concerns the general election which is still three weeks away? Thanks.


  2. Veritas says:

    Further to Eric’s post @ 8:31am.
    ‘It is a shame we were charged double time for the bonfire, with it being on a Sunday. £1800 is expensive for a fire.’
    Where did Eric get his information from? I’ve been a resident of Anston for 42 years and my source of information about what our parish council,spends is via the Parish newsletter. Is this another example of leaked information?
    Why should the Anston Festival Day committee get a grant? The Festival has made a reasonable profit for the last two years and gets free use of the parish hall. As I understand it grants are given to-or should be given to-non profit organisations.
    Is Eric suggesting taxpayers money is given away to everyone who applies for a grant irrespective of the amount of money they have in their bank account?
    You do not speak on my behalf Eric.


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