The Anston parish council chairman wants a chain of office!
Anston parish chairmen have managed perfectly well for over 100 years without one, so why propose to buy one now for the chairman, John Ireland, when public funds are to experience a squeeze not seen in living memory?
The cost of this frippery? Around £2,000 when the full cost is established!
The parish council was reluctant to approve such a large sum using public money. A proposal then came from a guest from Catcliffe parish, Darren Hughes, that he would pay for it thereby removing the cost from the public purse.
Darren Hughes remember, is a Borough Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward and lives in Catcliffe where he is Catcliffe parish council Chairman so it seems strange that he should be present and treated by the chairman of Anston parish council almost as though he was part of the parish council! Very strange indeed! He has in fact no entitlement to be there, save as a guest!
The parish after further discussion decided that they didn’t want a chain for their chairman and so it was , ‘thanks! but no thanks!’ to Darren for his offer. Darren was disappointed that on this occasion, ‘money can’t buy you love’. The fact that Darren tried to use his money to curry favour speaks volumes!