Dinnington Save Our Greenbelt – Campaign Hotting Up!

A new round of consultations is due to be launched by Rotherham MBC on the future of Rotherham’s Green Belt. With the consultation set to commence soon, Rotherham Politics has been told that, “things are hotting up a bit on the issue!”

Part of the Dinnington and Anston groups preparations, is the creation by the campaign of their own Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/204841862913142/

From the Advertiser website: Rotherham new homes target slashed.

Rotherham’s very own ‘Call me Dave’ Sworn in as Mayor, Today!

Rotherham Politics published this amusing story about Dave/David Pickering:

Rotherham’s very own ‘Call me Dave’ in name confusion

Rotherham’s very own ‘Call me Dave’, has difficulty remembering his own name correctly, it would appear! I speak of  Councillor Dave Pickering, who is currently Deputy Mayor and therefore next years, Mayor of Rotherham. Our story starts in March 2007, … Continue reading →

Thanks to the growing band of Borough Councillors using Twitter, it was possible to follow events as they unfolded today in the Council Chamber.

The new Mayor? Dave Pickering, the new Deputy Mayor? John Foden.

Mayors Dinner tonight, a few tweets to give us a flavour of events, would be most appreciated.

Perhaps – Rotherham’s biggest democratic deficit?

A quick analysis of elections information of parish councils in Rotherham reveals much:

Anston parish council Elections
Aston cum Aughton parish council Elections
Bramley parish council No Elections
Brampton Bierlow parish council No Elections
Brinsworth parish council No Elections
Catcliffe parish council No Elections
Dalton parish council No Elections
Dinnington St Johns Town Council Elections
Firbeck parish council No Elections
Harthill with Woodall parish council No Elections
Hellaby parish council Elections                                                                                                   Laughton en le Morthen parish council No Elections
Letwell parish council No Elections
Maltby Town Council Elections
Orgreave parish council No Elections
Ravenfield parish council No Elections
Thorpe Salvin parish council Elections
Thrybergh parish council No Elections
Thurcroft parish council Elections
Todwick parish council No Elections
Treeton parish council No Elections
Ulley parish council No Elections
Wales parish council No Elections
Wentworth parish council No Elections
Whiston parish council No Elections
Wickersley parish council No Elections
Woodsetts parish council No Elections

The links to the basic information work, unlike RMBC’s website. As usual these links should open in your browser, use back button to return:

Results contested parish council elections

Results uncontested parish council elections

The bare facts are these, there are 27 parish and Town Councils in Rotherham Borough.

There were no elections at all in 20 parish councils and elections, in at least a part of the parish, in only 7!

This is a startling result! Labour’s true democratic deficit starts at the bottom and goes all the way to the top, it would seem!

Thanks to Accidental Anarchist for starting this little hare running.

RMBC Website – One persons view

Am I the only one who gets very frustrated with the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s website?

I go on to find some information that should still be in the public domain, find the appropriate page, click on the link and see the disappointing message, Sorry, this download is not available.

The following example is instructive:

I went on the RMBC website wishing to access basic information about last years parish council elections, which took place alongside the Borough Council elections last year.

I found what I was looking for with little difficulty on the page entitled, Elections – results. I duly clicked on the promising looking link to, 2011 Parish Council election results, I clicked this link and this again gave me two links enabling a downloadable document.

I was firstly drawn to the link, contested Parish Council elections results which I downloaded and saved a copy for later, no problem there!

My eye was then drawn to the second link entitled, Parish Council elections which were uncontested. The result this time was very different, the Sorry, this download is not available message was displayed. I was to say the least a bit surprised that this important information was not available.

What would this ‘top secret’ information contain that might offer embarrassment to either the Town Hall or the parish councils where no election took place?

I have long suspected democracy was being ‘managed’ in quite a number parish councils around the Borough, to save money on unnecessary and costly, parish council elections! This information would have gone some way to identify culprits of this corrosive and fundamentally undemocratic practise.

Despite RMBC’s less than open or transparent website it is possible to reconstruct the missing information by reference to these two pdfs. contested Parish Council elections results and Parish Council Elections – 5 May 2011 – Candidates Summary. Have fun!

Accidental Anarchist

Breaking News from Bramley!

From Trambuster, more on the abuse of power by the private monopoly, Severn Trent:

It can now be reported that Severn Trent Water and its lackie sycophant contractors Mbonka, or whatever they call themselves, has now invaded the Parish Council’s allotments.

It can also be reported that the resident, whose garden will be destroyed by these thugs, was overtly lied to – they told him how they would tunnel under his hedge at the bottom of his garden and cause the least amount of disruption. Yeah, yeah, yeah, not heard that bull***t before!

And guess what, the scumbags are now going to roll in with their great big tonka toys.

See previous post: Bramley Parish Council vs Severn Trent Water Ltd and The sewer that does not exist?

Some photos of the situation would add enormously to readers understanding?

Our appreciation to Trambuster for this important update.

From the Advertiser website: Bully boy tactics by Severn Trent.

Mayor’s lazy parking – Further issues raised

On Tue, 15/5/12, Don Buxton replied:

Dear Mr Battersby,

Thank you for the further information which I have perused in depth, but I am afraid that I have been unable to find any specific reference to a mayoral vehicle being exempt from parking restrictions.

However I have found reference to statutory vehicles undertaking refuse collection etc, but nothing which would exempt a lazy Mayor who parks their vehicle in a pedestrianised paved area in front of a Town Hall.

I fear that RMBC Officers and Elected Members have chosen to opt for Nelson’s eye on this particular subject.

Maybe they should follow the example of the driver of The Leader’s car and drop the passenger off and then park up in an approved parking location and return later to pick up the passenger.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

On Tue, 15/5/12, Battersby, Karl <Karl.Battersby@rotherham.gov.uk> wrote:
From: Battersby, Karl <Karl.Battersby@rotherham.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: RE: FURTHER RMBC VEHICLE PARKED ON PAVEMENT TODAY OUTSIDE TOWN HALL
To: “DON BUXTON”
Cc: “Hatton, Lesley” <Lesley.Hatton@rotherham.gov.uk>, “Kemp, Liz” <Liz.Kemp@rotherham.gov.uk>
Date: Tuesday, 15 May, 2012, 16:28

Mr Buxton, in response to your further email, the Traffic Management Act 2004, Operational Guidance to Local Authorities, Parking Policy and Enforcement, Chapter 9.
in conjunction with Rotherham MBC’s Parking Enforcement Policy, allows the official vehicle to be parked in this location.

I also enclose the vehicle log information as requested. View pdf here.

Regards
Karl Battersby
Strategic Director
Environment and Development Services
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

First News From Wales Parish Council

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This first reflection on Wales Parish Council from Anteggs:

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How NOT to elect a chairman !!!

Wales Parish Council held their annual meeting last night (laughs)

The retiring Chairperson Fran (knownowt) Blanksby asked for nominations

The Acting Clerk Cllr Mike Brabbs (knowevenless) was nominated & sec

Cllr Keith Bamforth was nominated & sec

Fran (knownowt) Blanksby then decided that the two nominees give an election speech – on what they would do for WPC. (laughs)

This contributor always thought that the Chairpersons role was to oversee that the wishes of the WHOLE COUNCIL were carried out. Not act unilaterally (Not in Wales apparently)

After their speeches they were then instructed to leave the room (gets even better) (make their own rules do WPC)

They were then invited back and told the outcome of the vote. Democracy? What a set of numpties.

Did the acting clerk tell them that this is not the way to elect a chairman? Did the acting clerk tell them that candidates can vote for themselves?

NO NO NO  don’t be silly reader.

One of the candidates Cllr Bamforth said he was entitled to vote, Chairperson Knownowt said he wasn’t.  Are you all laughing yet?

The election of a Vice Chair was even better

Cllr Paul Martin was one of the nominees but Cllr Knownowt said he couldn’t stand BECAUSE he hadn’t been a member of WPC for a year.

Did the acting clerk tell her differently ?

NO he did not

You couldn’t make it up!

This is what CallmeDave wants to give more power to.

Rotherham Politics welcomes Anteggs first contribution from Wales PC. We very much hope it will not be the last, thank you!

A great deal of money is spent, wasted and misused at Parish Councils all around Rotherham, you too can play a part in exposing this, then changing things for the better. If this is all too familiar to you, let us know. Rothpol.

Parish Councils in Rotherham are frequently very poorly administered because no one knows how they should be run, the documents available below, put that right:

Model Contract of Employment and Job Description Parish Council Clerks                         Model Code of Conduct for Parish Councils
Model Standing Orders for Parish Councils
Model Complaints Procedure for Parish Councils
Model Financial Regulations for Parish Councils
Model Audit Procedure for Parish Councils

Requirements for being a Quality Parish Council, well worth a read: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/155163.pdf