August 1st saw the publication of this in the Advertiser, from Judy Dalton:
This outrageous piece, evoked the following response from Colin Tawn published in the Advertiser of this week.
Part time Councillor.
The ‘open’ letter by Judy Dalton published in the Advertiser 1st August contains false and erroneous information.
She claims she and other Parish councillors are ‘bullied’. Jacqui Collins (Monitoring Officer for RMBC) cannot and will not define bullying therefore what Cllr.Dalton complains about is being held to account by the residents she was elected to represent. She is also aware councillors should not pick and choose which meetings to attend, she was elected to attend every Parish Council meeting, not to be a part time councillor at her discretion.
Judy Dalton goes on to say she ‘enjoyed’ the purchase of Rackford Meadows “to enhance the woods”. When I questioned the decision by Anston Parish Council to spend £254,000 of our money buying Greenbelt land there was no mention of ‘enhancing the woods’ by any councillor, her statement is pure spin to try and justify the land purchase.
Her claims that meetings are beset by ‘rudeness, interruptions and snide asides’ is laughable, what actually happens is that parishioners point out instances of procedural impropriety, the Labour party councillors’ attempts to stifle legitimate debate and their failures to adhere to the Nolan Principles. I would add Judy Dalton cannot accuse me of being guilty of any of the accusations she makes.
Her assertion that members of the public have been ‘offered training’ by the Independent Member of the Standards Board is completely untrue. Training for Anston Parish councillors was ordered by Martin Kimber (RMBC CEO) and Judy Dalton, who is Vice Chair of Anston Parish Council knows this.
I suspect there was collusion between Judy Dalton and John Ireland otherwise how did Cllr.Ireland know the ‘open’ letter was being written and published? I question Cllr.Dalton’s motives for publishing her letter in August which happens to be the month when there are no parish council meetings, furthermore I also suspect Judy Dalton will attempt to bring her pet subjects onto the agendas of the Finance and General Purposes Committee meetings because members of the public are not allowed any questions at F&GP meetings.
Is it any wonder Anston Parish Labour councillors are held in such low esteem?