It would seem from tonight’s meeting that Anston comedy club is alive and well.
It was a special meeting for the co-option process for five places; there were six candidates. Three turned up for the meeting, the other three did not; but had put their paper work and personal statements in.
The chairman only read out the names of three who had attended, who made short statements; he never mentioned the other three. The councillors, except for one, went into private session to discuss the candidates.
They then came back into the meeting, the chairman once again read out just the three names out; then asked for proposers and seconders for them. Then he took a block vote to co-opt the three on to the council; then commences to take separate votes for the three places.
Confused yet? At no time were the other three applicants mentioned, no proposing, no seconding or voting for them. The recommendations on co-opting states that the potential co-optees do not have to be at the meeting to be selected to be co-opted on to the council.
The whole of the process took 45minutes, what a mess, democracy died tonight. If this council wants to gain the trust of the people of Anston they will need to be a lot more democratic than this.