Green Belt consultation – Feedback report.

A Rotherham Politics reader brings us news on the feedback resulting from the consultation on the LDF:

I’ve just found out that the consultation process of 2011 feedback report has been published: link, http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/6243/feedback_report_january_2012.

I’ve had a quick look and it is obvious that the majority of points raised for Dinnington East (Page 17 onwards), if not all, come from the ‘Save Our Greenbelt Dinnington and Anston Action Group‘ letter of objection (of which over 1700 were handed in) but with two omissions (must be considered too trivial to include, perhaps) viz:

“Pressure will increase on emergency services, schools, doctors’ surgeries and local hospitals” and

“In the unfortunate event of Yorkshire Water’s pumps failing (as happened in Goole on the 3 August 2011), the traditional pond will no doubt form, as now, in the bottom of the fields LDF216 and LDF220 with potential flooding to homes in Birkdale Avenue, Wentworth Way, Turnberry Way, Moortown Avenue and Belfry Way”.

The objection letter of the group can be found here:
http://www.saveourgreenbelt.info/docs/objection_environment_1.pdf

All quiet on the Anston front!

Rotherham’s Labour apparatchiks like to conduct their business without benefit of public accountability for the decisions ‘made in their name’.

When local citizens take an interest in the goings on at their local Parish Council, abuse from Labour members is the usual result. For quite some time now, Anston Parish Council has typified this tendency and serves as a powerful example of the frankly tyrannical behaviour that can result!

The three worst offenders on Anston Parish Council? Iain StJohn, Robin Stonebridge and also Borough Councillor Dominic Beck, who are known to us now at Rotherham Politics, as the ‘three wise monkeys. Judy Dalton and Chairman Ireland have also lent a hand in this shameful record at times, with outrageous behavior tolerated by the Chairman on a routine basis!

Labour’s untrammeled power in Rotherham, has engendered an unwillingness to accept any form of accountability at all, to those they ‘claim to serve’.  Even the Labour Party, that chooses them as candidates, has seemed unable, or unwilling, to ensure their performance, abilities, behaviour and conduct was of an acceptable standard!

Readers of Rotherham Politics will be familiar with this litany of woes as it has afflicted Anston Parish Council, so it will come as a pleasant surprise for us to report that at recent meetings of the Parish Council standards of behaviour and conduct from the Labour PC members was exemplary! All Rotherham Politics hopes, is that they can keep it up in the future? Hence the headline, All quiet on the Anston front!

Superfast Broadband Chaos?

This interesting story of much woe in the roll out of the super fast broadband network that has promised much but delivered little, can be brought to Rotherham Politics readers due to the observant “A regular reader” to whom we are most grateful:

The story starts with this BBC post, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-16910835

Also here:  http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/5020-ripwire-a-wireless-and-digital-region-reseller-ceases-trading.html

and here:  http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=8549632

Good stuff on the background can be found here:

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/4972-yorkshire-post-highlights-losses-for-digital-region.html includes link to a very good Yorkshire Post article.

No fun for those affected, but one could see something like this coming.

“A regular reader”

In Anston the pantomime season lasts all year!

Acorn Antiques January 2012

Reflections on Meetings of Anston Parish Council by Mrs Overall.

4th January Charity Meeting

It was a calm night – no wind blowing.

It was calm at the Parish Charity Meeting – no hot air!

In fact there seems to have been a lot of charity at this meeting!

Question: Is this their New Year’s Resolution?

Answer: We will have to wait and see

Question: Or – was it because Cllr.St.John was absent

Answer: Damned sure it was.

16th January Finance Meeting – Democracy in Action!

Agenda Item: 7a

To discuss allowing the public to query parish business, by asking questions at Wednesday Finance Meetings.

Cllr Beck – Strongly & loudly against the public asking questions regarding items on the Agenda.

Question: Why is he so against receiving verbal questions from the electorate he is supposed to represent?

Answer: He wants the public to write a letter to the clerk within 4 working days from the publication of the Agenda –

Question: Do all the public have access to a computer?

Answer: No

Question: What was the solution Cllr Beck came up with?

Answer: Oh! Truck on down to the Recourse Centre (Dinnington – next village)

Doesn’t matter if you are aged, disabled etc this 19 year old boy/young man, obviously has no thought for those parishioners.

Agenda Item: 7b

Cllr Beck – Strongly & loudlyTrying to allow councillors to speak and express a view on items they have a prejudicial interest in, at the beginning of the meeting

Question: Has he not read the Model Code of Conduct 2007 which clearly states Members are not allowed to speak unless the public are so allowed?

Answer: Code of Conduct – Why bother? None of the other Labour councillors do –

AND THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE COULD NOT CARE LESS.

Councillor Beck – Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

Another pleasant Meeting!

Question: Who was absent

Answer: Iain St.John

Arrived @ 7.20pm – Robin Stonebridge!

Parish Council Meeting: 16 January 2012

Litter: On the Village Green

Question: When is this going to be addressed along with other matters on the Village Green?

Answer: Reader – We will keep you posted, don’t hold your breath – it took 25 years to get a wall repaired. However we are on the case!

Tra La – Enter Iain St.John @ 7.45pm –

Question: Why did he not take the empty chair next to Cllr Thornton

Answer: Preferred to find a chair and squash up to Cllrs Beck & Stonebridge

3 Wise Monkeys? (Hear all, see all, say nowt! Perhaps?)

A chill now enters the room – Charity leaves by the window.

Dangerous parking near Hillcrest School

Well done new Cllr Gordon Jarvis for taking a pro-active stance, showing concern for the people you represent. Not so well done Borough Cllr. Dalton for trying to hijack the issue.

Cllr. Thornton proposed the Parish Council send a letter to RMBC Highways

Voted in favour unanimously.

Dangerous pavement at Church Farm development South Anston

Well done again new Councillor Gordon Jarvis

Question: Did Cllr Dalton try to hijack this subject as well?

Answer: Yes and backed up by Iain St.John.

Cllr. Thornton proposed the Parish Council write to Highways.

Question: Was this defeated.

Answer: Oh yes it was!

Question: Why did Four (4) Labour councillors look at each other and hesitantly raise their hands to vote this proposal down.

Comment – Nothing like voting for the Labour Party said Cllr. Thornton

(Great Uproar from Labour)

Question: Why did Chairman Ireland say he found the remark offensive?

Answer: Who knows and would Chairman Ireland know!

Cllr Thornton said “Because you find it offensive does not mean it is.”

Wait for it – Here we go again………………….

So what did Cllr St.John say next – Comes in from the sidelines saying AGAIN – We have rules to evict councillors from meetings if they constantly disagree with the chairman.

Unprompted!!! Chairman Ireland picks up the rule book says “I would like someone to propose that Mr Thornton leaves the meeting.

THE SILENCE WAS DEAFENING

Question: Why did we have, yet again, all this nonsense about evicting Cllr Thornton?

Answer: Chairman Ireland does as he is told/prompted!

Final comment from Cllr St.John – “I am not personally rude to people”

Sharp intake of collective breath – Oh yeeeeeer

Poor Mr Lewis – it caused him to have a severe coughing bout!

Well although relatively quiet & civil (up until a certain point!)

Let us see how long the New Year’s Resolution lasts.

Goodnight All – Mrs Overall

The Saturday Question? 4th Feb 2012

Following the exposure this week, of the Civil Servant running the Student Loans system and his pay being paid gross in to a private company, avoiding Tax and NI! Have we any such arrangements here in Rotherham?

Previous Saturday Questions:

A question less random?Another question at random………

Just a thought…… A few random questions?

PJ Cawkwell – Letter

Patrick Cawkwell has provided the text of his letter in this weeks Advertiser, we publish it to in order to help to carry out his wishes, I quote “I’d like as many people as possible to see it”:

“Sir

Before people cry foul at the bus drivers or public sector workers striking over pay and conditions, I’d like to draw their attention to something that requires urgent resolution.
The Chief Executive of the publicly owned Royal Bank of Scotland earns £1.2 million per annum, with a bonus this year of £963000 which means with all that lumped in to one sum, even if he had to pay tax on the bonus, this leech would get over £4000 per day.
Is someone able to explain to me that whilst Stagecoach drivers, nurses, teachers, police officers, cleaners, class room assistants and lollipop crossing patrol staff have to strike to earn a few more pennies, this gentleman who is in charge of a publicly owned asset can get such a massive income?
This bonus has been authorised by George Osborne and David Cameron, the very men who want to wage war against the public sector.
Another issue that appears to be getting attention is benefit theft/fraud.  Benefit theft/fraud is a serious issue, however, tax evasion by massive companies makes the effect of benefit theft/fraud look minuscule.  Osborne is keeping the tax evasion issue well out of the public gaze as it’s all his gang of cronies who is affected.
Lets tackle the massive amount of unfairness in this country of ours – and let’s do that by starting at the very top – NO to massively inflated salaries, NO to tax evasion for the richest companies and NO to insulting pay and conditions to some of our most hard working guys on the front line.

Regards
P J Cawkwell”

‘Tiser – Good News for Rotherham’s Green Belt!

Rotherham’s gem, the ‘Tiser, brings us this encouraging sign that ‘people power’ is beginning to bear fruit:

Rotherham Council set to consult again over green belt housing

Published date: 03 February 2012 | Published by: Gareth Dennison

MORE than 7,000 people have swamped Rotherham Borough Council with comments on plans to build thousands of new homes.

Now councillors have promised to look yet again at revising targets for new housing under Rotherham’s Local Development Framework——a 15-year plan designating various areas for housing and industrial use. Read on……………

Director Check – Companies House information – Roger Stone

A Rotherham Politics reader has provided this latest information from Companies House that is held by them on RMBC Leader Roger Stone. Rothpol is grateful for the information. This is published here in the interests of openness.

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Cllr.Roger Stone.page 1
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Cllr.Roger Stone.page 3
Cllr.Roger Stone.page 4

MacShane diatribe on the Star website! He just can’t help himself!

MP fights for phone-hacking victims

Published on Thursday 2 February 2012

A SOUTH Yorkshire MP who accepted £27,500 in damages from News International after the company admitted hacking his phone has hit out over plans to keep some victims in the dark.

Denis MacShane, Labour MP for Rotherham, has criticised the Information Commissioner for not revealing the extent of the problem to victims. Read on…….

£27,500! He will be able to afford his own laptops now!