Mrs Overall’s Acorn Antiques Part One – Anston Annual Parish Meeting 21 May 2012

ACORN ANTIQUES – 21  MAY 2012

ANSTON  ANNUAL  PARISH  MEETING  –  This is not a Parish Council Meeting.

It is a Parish Meeting for every elector in Anston.  Electors can attend and vote on items affecting the Parish.  The councillors have to sit with the public.  The public is divided into Electors (of the Parish) and Strangers.  Strangers ARE NOT ELECTORS and are not allowed to SPEAK AND VOTE.

The Chairman opened the meeting and emphasised that only Parish Electors were allowed to speak and vote.  He then referred to the previous Minutes – Hey guess what – The councillors, including  Strangers! had been given copies BUT none were available for the Electors.

Another Buggers Muddle – situation normal.

The Electors were demanding copies of the Minutes, at this point Mr Stonebridge (councillor) suggested the meeting be postponed.  The Electors who had purposely turned out for this meeting – disagreed.  The Chairman asked for a show of hands – Stay and wait for copies – or Go.  The Electorate  overwhelmingly voted to proceed with the meeting and for copies to be produced.

The Chairman’s Annual Report
LET US MAKE SURE – That next year the Annual Parish Report is about the Parish and NOT The Parish Council.

Matters Discussed:

Building of Private Church & School on our Green Belt Land
Interestingly, the Chairman, John Ireland, appeared to be the Brethren’s Planning
Spokesman and backed this application all the way.

Well here is another revelation:  The Chairman told the meeting he had presented prizes to the Brethren’s pupils – He attended this event in his capacity as Chairman of Anston Parish Council,  yet failed to declare this on any discussions at council meetings, when the Brethren had submitted planning applications.

Q  Were Parish Councillors aware of this
A  It appears not
Q  Was he biased
A  Certainly – The Electors were groaning, it was so obvious

The Electors voted to ask the Parish Council to object to any future planning applications By The Brethren on Green Belt Land.

The Local Development Framework (Building of Houses on Greenbelt)
Topic discussed by Electors – They were overwhelmingly against building on Green Belt Land.
Q  Do we have to keep our eye on RMBC grabbing extra Green Belt Land (to bank this for the future)
A  You bet your bottom dollar we do
Q  Do Electors need to attend the next consultation in November
A  YES YES YES and YES.  Protect our Green Belt

Free Use of the Parish Hall by RMBC Councillors
RMBC Councillors have previously voted themselves the free use of the Parish Hall for their surgeries.  All other venues – South Anston, North Anston and Woodsetts – all have to be paid for.
The WI have to pay, the children’s Play School has to pay (for which they have increased the charges this year) All other groups have to pay – WHY THEN should these overpaid & under worked Borough Councillors get the Parish Hall for free?

Railway Bridges
What a mess they now look with the huge Day Glo stickers – Everyone was in agreement that this was an eyesore.  The Electors asked that the Parish Council write to Network Rail to complain.

Did you know – That it is quite possible that double decker buses, which have run through the village and under the bridge for years, are going to be stopped – Suddenly the double decker buses will not go under the bridge.  Lot’s of rain lately – Has the bridge shrunk?

Strangers
Why did the Stranger i.e. Cllr Iain St.John, deliberately flaunt the rules by trying to influence the meeting.  AND  Why when told he could not speak by the Chairman and many other Electors, did he continue to try to speak over the Electors.

The Chairman had made it quite clear that only Electors could speak – A blatant and deliberate act by Cllr St.John who lives outside the parish to try to disrupt the meeting.

It was at this point that a member of the public – An Elector – got up and left the meeting.

Maybe this says it all!

THIS IS THE MEETING OF THE PARISH ELECTORS,
NO MINUTES PRODUCED, HOW THE CLERK DOES NEGLECT US,
CHAOTIC SCENES, THE CHAIRMAN BEMUSED,
ELECTORS LEFT FEELING VERY CONFUSED,
WAITING WHILST MINUTES ARE FINALLY RUN OFF,
FIASCO – QUITE NORMAL – THE ELECTORS DO SCOFF,
FIRST TIME THEY’VE DONE THIS “CORRECTLY” YOU KNOW!
MINUTES PRODUCED – THEN ON WITH THE SHOW,
IAIN ST. JOHN, AN ALIEN IS HE,
NO SPEAKING ALLOWED, BUT WHAT DO WE SEE,
ST. JOHN, NOT SO SAINTLY, IGNORING THE RULES,
ANSTON ELECTORS, DON’T TAKE US FOR FOOLS,
ALLOWING THIS MAN TO BUTT IN AND SHOUT,
ELECTORS WERE CALLING TO HAVE HIM TURNED OUT,
MAYBE NEXT YEAR THEY’LL GET IT DONE RIGHT,
THEN IT WILL BE, A REPRESENTATIVE NIGHT,
HOW MANY YEARS, HAVE OLD BOYS, NOT BEEN CORRECT?
25, MORE? – SUITED THEIR PURPOSE ? – WE SUSPECT.
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Remember electors for next year:  –  You can put items on the Agenda that are of interest/concern to you  –  Contact the Clerk.

Sorry to be late folks – only just stopped laughing at the Buggers Muddle

Goodnight All – Mrs Overall

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