Anston Parish Council – Meeting Monday 25th February

Rotherham Politics has just learned that Michael Gazur has summoned the parish council to a meeting on Monday 25 February at 7pm in the parish hall!

Democracy in action? An experience not to be missed by the locals.

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39 thoughts on “Anston Parish Council – Meeting Monday 25th February

  1. Are you saying that the meeting is going to be in private or it is being replayed? If it is in private, I suggest the rest of Anston residents have a public meeting, where and when shall we have it.

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  2. Let’s be nice. I am sure the parish council know what needs to be done. Let’s support them by being more positive rather than negative which helps no one. I do not think another group needs to be set up however we can all be more helpful to the councillors who are more than willing to work with us and more than capable to represent us.

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    • We used to have a conservation society which was disbanded, I was told that it finished because their insurance went up from £60 to £300 a year. I offered to pay the insurance for a year, but it was turned down. When I walk from Dinnington to Anston it is a total disgrace with litter thrown into the woodland along the way, I blame this on the poor values of certain residents. It would be great if there was a large group of us who went out and removed the litter, at the same time as the authorities cracking down on the people who drop the litter. RMBC shouldn’t need to spend time picking this litter up, as it is dropped on purpose. I wouldn’t have dared thrown litter on the floor when I was growing up.

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      • Do we have to go through the parish to set up a conservation society, if no, let’s put our heads together. Put my name down for litter picking as we are all responsible and if it is left people will see it as an invitation to do even worse. Thanks Tim for your proactive manner!

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      • Graham. I am all for a large group of us going out and picking litter up, but at the same time we need to have the parish council and borough involved, so that others are not throwing it down behind us. We need a real large awareness campaign in the local media and in schools. I walk for miles and cycle and I can’t believe the amount of litter thrown into our hedgerows, it isn’t a good environment for any of us to grow up in. It isn’t just happening in Anston it is a national disease, that needs to stop. This is something that Nick Clegg and David Cameron should have high on their agenda, to put some pride back into the country, but I suspect it doesn’t happen in Westminster, because there would be a warden giving you a ticket. Kind regards Tim

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  3. Mr Wilson, I think you must be looking through those red specs again. You need to get out more and visit the Parish Council and see for yourself the way the Parish Council operates under the Chairman Cllr Beck ( and if you have not seen it already, you could look at the comments I have written in the “comedy Club section).
    Let me give you some facts about our “more than capable” Councillors,
    The Chairman Cllr Beck, makes “uncalled for” derogatory remarks in emails to another Parish/Rmbc Cllr, is reported to the Standards Committee, nothing happens.
    Cllr Beck is still on the Standards Committee.
    Cllr Beck refuses to answer questions in emails from fellow Cllrs, he then says that the Cllr is asking “infantile” questions
    Cllr Beck is still on the Standards Committee.
    Cllr Beck makes statements in Public, about events that happened in Confidential meetings.
    Cllr Beck is still on the Standards Committee.
    Cllr Beck makes false and misleading statements in public, with regard to the new Cemetery.
    Cllr Beck is still on the standards Committee.
    Cllr Beck receives a letter from Kevin Barron MP, about Council Business, replies without the knowlage of Council, then refuses to show a copy of his reply to Councillors.
    Cllr Beck is still on the Standards Committee.
    Cllr Beck makes misleading and false statements in a letter to our MP Kevin Barron.
    Cllr Beck is still on the Standards Committee
    Cllr Beck sits in a meeting and recommends one of his own Parish Cllrs to be a rep on the Standard Committee, then votes for him, dispite previous accusations that the Cllr has lied in meetings and has not listed four of his interests on the Interest Sheet.
    Cllr Beck is still on the standards Committee.
    Cllr Beck has “secret” meetings with a local action group, without the authority of Council.
    Cllr Beck is still on the Standards Committee.
    Cllr Beck attended a meeting prior to last Mondays Council Meeting, in relation to Code of Conduct issues on Anston Parish Council. Then at the end of the night thought fit to make sly, derogatory and diliberate uncalled for remarks against another Cllr.
    Cllr Beck is still on the Standards Committee.
    Get the picture, and this is just Cllr Beck, I have not even mentioned Cllrs Dalton and St John.
    Is the Standards Committee embarrassed yet, I would be.
    S Thornton.

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    • Great run down of events S Thornton. Thankyou.
      I am sure this will be a good enlightenment for Mr Wilson too.
      Don’t think the Standards Committee do “embarrassed” but they certainly should be. In fact there should be an investigation into the standards of the Standards Committee !
      Will go and ask for that now.

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    • I do wear glasses but not red therefore I can only presume your overtures relate to my labour membership other than my ability to think critically without prejudice on all issues irrespective of those involved.

      I would like to get out more but I have a critical illness therefore I am limited with my ability to interact with those who do not have a restriction on their health.

      In relation to the points that you have made about your fellow councillors I can never comment about their work or yours in a negative manner but I would look for a way to suggest improvements in a friendly and supporting manner that brings the best out of them. If I were you I would concentrate on yourself so your performance is improved whereby your actions will speak for themselves in relation to good outcomes for local residents.

      I will introduce myself when the next opportunity arises however please remember that my glasses are black and not red (only joking my friend) however in the meantime I wish you well.

      Graham

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  4. Graham. Do you attend meetings on a regular basis? I will give you a typical example, Sandra Wallhead has been asking for a Christmas tree for 5 to 6 years, each year it gets discussed then forgotten about, I decided to bring it up this year and the same has happened. The excuse that it would cost too much to run a cable from a street light to where a tree in sited on the pond, other villages manage it without a problem, so what is the issue. Tara are even willing to donate a tree. I have seen Anston grow from being a bigger village than Dinnington, but our services have diminished (library and youth club) and there has never been provision for a central shopping area in Anston, there used to be two co-ops at the bottom of the hill and all the small shops along the high st have reduced by 50%. It is time to knock down the upper school in Dinnington and a ripe time to build a Comprehensive school in Anston. Dinnington town council fight for services in their village, while Anston Parish sit back. No disrespect to Dinnington, but why should it be necessary to travel to Dinnington to shop and use services, this causes a lot of unnecessary pollution and traffic. As far as I am concerned the Parish council don’t deliver. Cheers Tim

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  6. John Wilkinson from UKIP and friends will be making a visit to Anston Parish council on Monday, if any independents would like to find out more. UKIP are very much against building on the greenbelt and HS2.

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  7. Your being some what naive Graham if you seriously believe that the councillors know what has to be done and will do it. Lets deal with positive shall we, when asked would they follow Dinningtons lead and vote against Rotherhams plans to build on the green belt, the chairman deferred it to the next meeting knowing full well it was too late. Beck, Ireland, St John, Dalton, voted to allow the Brethren to build on Anston green belt, they were luckily narrowly defeated; a large proportion of councillors abstained. This shows how much they cared about Anston. The policy there fore of Anston Parish council was to oppose the planning application of the Brethren. This did not stop Sinjin attending the planning meeting stating he was an Anston Parish councillor and speaking on behalf of the Brethren, shows how much a Dinnington resident cares about Anston. Today Beck has come out in public, see Dinnington Guardian and Rotherham Advertiser, accusing a seventy year old disabled man of hijacking democracy and the council meeting he also accuses him of running a campaign of who can shout the loudest. This because he wanted the democratic right to have his letter of grievance heard by the public, after all it had been placed on the agenda without him knowing. S Thornton has also felt the wrath of the Labour Party cartel on Anston council on several occasions. You seem to be under the misapprehension that people like me criticise for the sake of it this far from true, the Labour Party in the Rotherham area has had a strangle hold for so long they believe they have a divine right to do as they like, that why Rotherham Politics is so important it gives a voice to those who really matter and who care. I hope one day to be elected to the council and I will expect to be held to account, after all that is true democracy.
    Dave Smith

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    • I would not consider myself naive but simply a friendly person. What people do or do not do is for them however if I can be helpful to improve the outcome I will but it will be in a very constructive manner. I am a supporter of Labour but I do not agree with every party line. Recently I campaigned hard so our local MP would vote against the change in the legal definition of marriage but he did not. It did not make him an enemy but a friend with a different view. The point is that nothing is perfect especially when people are involved (don’t laugh) but we need to celebrate success more rather than hankering over what went wrong and whose to blame. If we don’t like things we can stand as a candidate or vote people out but just like when I stood for labour and I lost I never said a bad word about those who won and try to support them by not being negative and prejudicial towards them. Thank you fertile berry and I wish you well.

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      • Graham. I hope you get better soon and are more actively able to participate in the community. I like your philosophical approach that peoples intentions are always good, but I believe that they are having their strings pulled by the people they see as more important than themselves, when they are their to represent a communities beliefs and values. I believe that the British people should be able to over ride Parliament, when 2 million people sign a petition and then people vote “for” or “against” a referendum on a particular issue. They should be able to decide things such as Euthanasia and the Death sentence, if they so wish, the same applies to the “Definition of marriage”and the EU membership. It is arrogant for 650 MP’s to thing they have the moral right over us. The same issues we have at a national level, also appear at a local level when 13 people are making a decision for the other 11,000 people who live here, the reason for the anger at the way Anston Parish council behave. Any democratic government wouldn’t be frightened to have local and national referendums, only dictatorships are against this or people with their own agenda’s. Kind regards Tim

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  8. Personally Dave I think Anston parish council should vote either for or against the core strategy, so their feelings are on record. I would prefer it this Monday, but if we have to wait three weeks, so be it. The new plans for the core strategy will be announced shortly and I and thousands more are against building another house on Greenbelt, so Anston may as well reject the strategy now. Sheffield and Rotherham have plenty of brownfield sites to build on and there is where the majority of new houses should be built. I wonder if Dominic will be asking for police presence at the next meeting? I think he should stand down. Cheers Tim

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  9. Hello again Tim,

    I am not up to date with the issue on green belt land. If brown belt land is availed in the area then it should be used however if not then I guess there would be no choice left for councillors since it is only right that people have the opportunity to stay in the area they were raised in order to bring up their own families however local infrastructure will need to improve.

    But as I said my knowledge is very limited but as a former housing advisor for homeless families I would sacrifice land to give people a roof over their heads.

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    • Hi Graham This isn’t about housing people who have left the family home, it is about housing a mass influx of people, who have have been squeezed out of Sheffield and Rotherham due to immigration. Sheffields population has increased by 50K in 10 years. Rotherham and Sheffield should be building on their own green belt and brown belt land, as it is their responsibility not ours. Personally I think the country was full 20 years ago, France a country twice our size has a smaller population. We need to be farming the land and not building ont it, rather than importing. I personally believe that the previous Labour government has tried to ethnically cleanse Britain as a social experiment gone wrong, to gain more supporters, while big business took an opportunity to exploit these people and bring down our wages and make massive profits, that they filter out to their tax havens. Kind regards Tim

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      • Germany has a near equivalent population density to UK, whilst both Holland and Belgium have far higher population densities. So ?

        “I personally believe that the previous Labour government has tried to ethnically cleanse Britain as a social experiment gone wrong,”
        Do you have any idea what “ethnically cleansing” means ? I really doubt it.

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  10. I agree about your comments in relation to housing as I and other housing activists called for more homes decades ago. Homes built on green belt land and if needed green belt on the same allocation basis of staying in the community as in rural areas.

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  11. Regular reader. In the last census the white British population of London was 45%, Slough is 35%. This is replaced across many other towns and cities across Britain If that isn’t a form of covert ethnic cleansing or a social experiment by new Labour I don’t know what is. I think that you will find that Sheffield’s population has risen by about 50K in 10 years, but then again I under estimated real unemployment when I said 4 million. Census’s are only every 10 years, so it is difficult to use them and you have to use some common sense. I have worked with 100’s of Indians and I can paint you a total different picture on what is really happening out there. Just because other countries have high population densities, doesn’t mean we have to. Germany 593 sq mile, France 201 sq mile, UK 661 sq mile & swizerland 477 sq mile.

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    • Frances population density is 301 sq mile, not 201 as I put, which is half ours. They must have far better border control, considering we live on an island and anybody can get to them through the land mass. Perhaps the French aren’t such a door mat, that we the British have become.

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      • Long-term History and Geography are the factors that determine population density.
        UK would look very different today if it had not fathered the Industrial Revolution.

        It is absurd to suggest that France’s relatively low population density is a consequence of its better border control when it is a member of Schengen. Better from UKIP’s pov to blame it on the Common Agricultural Policy which provides well for inefficient small French farmers. You should go there sometime have a look around, it’s not far.
        Or it could all be UK’s fault for letting so many French come and live here:
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18234930 .

        Switzerland, until very recently , has had very strict border controls. ( I have been through their hoops twice, one to work there for a Swiss company, once to work for an International Organisation). Yet it has a relatively high population density when compared with France, particularly when you consider that some parts are a little bit too hilly to be inhabitable.

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    • TIm,
      One thing I think we can agree on is that Brown’s decision not to exercise the right to maintain immigration controls on people from the EU’s new member states from 2003 to 2011 was an utter disaster, and it is causing real problems in some areas in terms of in particular: employment, housing and education.
      It may be the case that “In the last census the white British population of London was 45%, Slough is 35%.”, but… The West London corridor (which includes Heathrow and Slough) has a long history of absorbing immigrant communities, London itself is a vast vibrant multiple city – having in common with New York than it has with any other city or town in UK.
      In fact, it appears to be in some the more rural districts of eastern UK that the problem is at its most acute – Boston in Lincolnshire being the most well-known, though identical problems exist further south in Cambridgeshire.
      With regard to Slough, this article gives some background:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/13/slough-multi-cultural-integration?
      … and for Boston:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/11/census-boston-eastern-european-immigration

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  12. I said it was a spelling mistake it should have read brown belt first then green belt. If there is brown belt land it should be used where ever it is however what about those people who were brought up in this area and would like to remain? I will always put people before land as long as the impact on the environment and issues relating to infrastructure are sensible. In rural areas where housing is built local people with a long term connection to the area are only offered the chance to live there. One last note and that this is a personal statement only and as many of you will find with me there is no smoke screens or double talk just simple and straightforward talking. As for your brain I am sure your the brightest one among us. Take care my friend and thanks for the reply as it gave me a chance to clarify my own thoughts.

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    • Graham
      Even if your idea of “only building houses on Green Belt for long term local residents” could be given a legal basis, all it would take is another tory government to come along – remember right-to-buy?
      Selling our green spaces should not be on the agenda of any reputable political party.
      The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 is something Labour should be proud of; not trying to wriggle out of..

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      • I hope that common sense prevails and what local people want is the way that the vote goes. As for the building of the church ect I think that is very different. It seems to me than someone bought green belt land on the cheap hoping to get planning permission. On aspect that worries me is that their is an equality issue in relation to only their children will attend. I am aware of many local children some in Anston and in Rotherham who home school their children through religious or other reasons and they receive no help at all from the local authority. As this group who are asking for planning permission know is that stewardship of the creation is very important for most Christians therefore for them even to apply baffles me. Thank you regular reader for your response I was not aware of the statutes at play.

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      • Graham,
        I am open to correction, but I had always understood that “Home Schooling” was not an issue of any significance in any part of the UK – tho’ I am aware that it is among the Christian fundamentalists/ Tea Party supporters in the US. So correct me if I am wrong.
        ______
        What does your phrase “stewardship of the creation” mean?
        First hit I get on Google for it is: http://bit.ly/13EKQz2 , and whilst I am more that happy with Anarchism (order matters far more than law IMHO), and sympathetic with those who are Pacifists, I really can’t get my head around Mormonism.
        Are you suggesting that along with the incoming communities that UKIP and the BNP are so incensed about, Rotherham is being invaded by Mormons and Christian fringe groups?
        I think we should be told 🙂
        _______________________
        .Re: The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 – it was a really great reforming government.
        ,

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  13. Graham. Just because people were brought up in an area, doesn’t mean they have a right to houses, if there is green belt erosion. My parents come from Handsworth and their first house was at Woodhouse, before they moved to Anston in 1966. It would be better to build houses on the brown belt in cities, closer to where the majority of jobs are, this would reduce traffic congestion, into and out of our cities. Sheffield’s highest population was in the 1950’s, when it was 570K, it is about there now. However Sheffield spreads over double the area it did then and has more than enough brown field sites to house 100K comfortably. Cheers Tim

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  14. Dear Tim

    As I said in one post that there are two sides to every story. It is understandable that those who are lucky enough to live here will want to protect green belt land but sometimes we have to be charitable to those in housing need. I am just thankful that houses are going to get built!

    All the best Tim and thanks for responding.

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  15. Thank you regular reader. In Rotherham there are about 200 or so homeschooling families and it is much bigger in Sheffield. I homeschooled my daughter for a year or so and even though funding streams are available to pay for tuition it was something RMBC council were unwilling to do despite confirmation from the department of education. So even as a labour supporter I have had my problems with the council however overall the frontline staff are pure gold.

    It relates to genesis chapter 27 and 28 I think. Most Christians take it to mean living respectfully with nature and not abusing it. A bit like a big brother looking after his younger siblings.

    As for the last bit I am not sure. No homeschool families I encountered did it for religious reasons so I think it is safe to say we are not being invaded again. That made me smile so thanks for that.

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