Mrs Overall’s Anston parish, Christmas Pantomime – Act 2
Hope you all enjoyed the intermission?
Lights down – Curtain up!
Anston Parish Council Pantomime – Act 2 begins:
It was a dark and dank Monday night – the wind was howling/or was it the Parish Councillors?
Question Time: Public Session
A resident asked – If the budget was being put out for public consultation? The resident pointed out that on the Labour election leaflet it was a manifesto promise:
“ We will consult residents before taking any major decisions affecting the village, including the Parish Council budget.”
Cue – All Labour councillors squirming in their seats!
Cllr Beck (the Boy Wonder!) sought to distance the parish council by saying this leaflet was nothing to do with the parish council.
Altogether now – Oh yes it is. It was in their election manifesto.
Pledge No.1, directly under Boy Wonder’s photograph.
Cllr Burton – We were elected to do this for them.
Question: Had she put her name to the Labour leaflet?
Answer: Yes – Along with the other 8 Labour councillors!
Are they changing tack because this leaflet is under police investigation?
Back to the minutes of 21st November – Cllr St John`s half declaration of interest.
Cllr Thornton again sought from Cllr St.John, clarification as to whether his declaration had been personal or prejudicial – Safe At Last Trustee. No answer was the firm reply!
Enter Boy Wonder Beck, throws over his cloak of protection – It is up to the individual whether to declare an interest, it doesn’t matter what you declare”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
However Standing Orders say you have to declare an interest and if it is prejudicial you must leave the room.
Question: Was Cllr St.John avoiding declaring correctly in order to remain in the meeting?
Answer: You bet your bottom dollar!
Question: Did Cllr St.John enter the discussion?
Answer: No – Cat got his tongue (Dick Whittington’s????)
Question: Why when other councillors declare fully does Cllr St.John fail to do so?
Answer: Possible arrogance?
Question: Is he the only one who does not leave the room?
Answer: YES -Well readers what do you make of all this.
Chairman Ireland get a grip.
Letter from Standards Committee:
Queston: Is Boy Wonder having his collar felt?
Answer: It appears so!
Letter of complaint by resident –
Question: Did Chairman Ireland instruct the clerk to reply as requested by the parishioner?
Answer: NO –
Letter of complaint by another resident –
Question: Was this discussed?
Answer: Bet your bottom dollar it was NOT – WHY
COMPLAINTS AGAINST COUNCILLORS AND YET AGAIN DELIBERATELY NO DISCUSSION
Approved for 2012/13
A recorded vote was asked for.
Cllr Thornton voted against.
Cllr Beck – “I think it is absolutely disgraceful that Cllr Thornton has voted against he had ample opportunity in both meetings to make his point known.”
Cllr Thornton retorted that when he had suggested savings to the budget he was shouted down by other councillors with one councillor saying leave it to the experts. At the second meeting he was shouted at by Councillor Stonebridge AND TOLD TO SHUT UP!
Question: Is Cllr Stonebridge reverting to type?
Answer: Well leopards do not change their spots!
Question: Did Cllr Stonebridge stare at Cllr Thornton lean forward and say “The pantomime season is on us, Pinocchio is about?”
Answer: Yes – Twice.
Chairman’s Chain of Office
What a bling king farce!
Question: Was the Chairman reluctant to name the prospective sponsor?
Answer: Oh yes you bet.
Question: Who did this turn out to be?
Answer: Darren the Defector.
Question: Is this against all propriety?
Answer: We would say so.
Question: Maybe part of his election campaign?
Answer: You make up your minds.
Question: Does the Chairman want this desperately?
Answer: Desperately enough to extend the discussion and confuse everybody.
What a “Buggers Muddle”
Congratulations to right thinking councillors for voting against this cynical ploy.
Staffing Issues – The Gang of Four
Working Party to discuss staff matters
Question: Who had decided that this would be a meeting of just 4 Councillors: Cllrs Ireland, Dalton, Beck & Stonebridge?
Answer: Obviously they did.
Question: Shouldn’t staffing matters be discussed by ALL councillors?
Answer: Not when you want to implement your own agenda.
Question: If the reason for this coterie was given as experience on staffing matters – What experience has a 19yr old in this field?
Question: How many of the other councillors have staff management experience?
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OTHER COUNCILLORS FOR RESISTING THIS POWER HUNGRY CLOSED SHOP.
Curtain Down – Lights Up – Chairman showing largesse – providing booze & mince pies??