Mrs Overall’s Acorn Antiques – 18 June 2012 Finance Committee

Mrs Overall’s Acorn Antiques

18 June 2012 Finance Committee
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Welcome to Martin Crowther – New Chair – At last! Someone who understands finance.

No Agendas available for the public
Q Why on earth not
A The clerk was asked
Q What did he say
A Well he mumbled a couple. of times (totally inaudible)
Then shouted to the public it is an omission. Can you hear me now
Wow clear and loud – so the mumbling is deliberate?

Cllr Martin Crowther the Chair
Q Wasn’t he absent when he was voted as Chair
A Yes
Q Thought you had to be present
A Well yu know – It is Anston Parish Council
Q How did he do
A A bit nervous and a bit rushing
Q Think he will improve
A Sure

Previous Minutes:

Cllr Thornton (Independent) asked that the minutes be changed by resolution.
They were not a true record of events AGAIN.  The final two lines of the minute were proposed to be deleted.
The Labour party plus Independent Labour voted against the proposal thus leaving the inaccurate recording in the minutes.

Q Why did councillors vote to retain minutes that were untrue
A Come off it – yu know it’s Anston Parish Council –
Q Is this a new thing
A Oh goodness no – integrity – forget it – this is the umpteenth time they have voted to
keep untrue recordings in the minutes. They don’t record what happened but what they would like to have happened.

INTEGRITY!      INTEGRITY!       INTEGRITY!   Get a dictionary and understand the definition councillors

Booming Booming Beck  – Why was he shouting “Move we accept the Minutes”
Waaaaait a minute –
Q   Wasn’t he chairing the previously meeting
A   Most definitely
Q   Wouldn’t he know the minutes were untrue
A   Most definitely

SO – Our newly elected Chair of the Parish Council is willing to condone the false recording of minutes. Shouting “Move we accept the Minutes” To cover his mistakes!

INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!  Get a dictionary and understand the definition Chairman

Awards Evening aka  The Parish Council Bun Fight

When the question of the costs of this freebie for councillors came up guess what Cllr Judy Dalton said “I do not eat anything at this and I try very hard not to listen to the music”

No sarcasm then Cllr Dalton!   oink oink

Booming Beck “I would ask Clive (Jepson, Independent) not to mutter under his breath when I am speaking”

Q Was this bun fight, the one the good socialists voted for us, the ratepayer, to pay for them and
their partners
A Yes
Q How much do taxpayers have to cough up for their bun fight each year
A £1,000
Q Have they increased charges to children’s groups this year
A Oooooooh Yes
Q Have they reduced the bun fight budget
A Ooooooooh no  –    snouts in trough oink oink

INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!   Get a dictionary and you know the rest

On the recorded vote when Cllr Jepson (Independent) abstained
Q Why did Booming Beck insult him saying “Councillor Jepson is a disgrace”
A  And this from someone who’se integrity has been questioned, see above,
Q Is it acceptable for the Chairman to comment on peoples voting method –
A NO –  Trying to influence councillors decisions in this manner is bullying.
Q Is the Chairman getting too big for his boots
A You Bet – should listen to more experience councillors

INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!   Get a dictionary and look up bullying

Quiz Night:

Q Is this another freebie
A Yes
Q Is it open to all taxpayers
A NO – just the same old lot
Q What does it cost us the taxpayer
A  Around £300
Q Is a private club profiting
A You Bet
Q How
A Bar Sales
Q Was it proposed to send letters out to all Anston public houses asking if they wanted to
participate
A Yes to make it more fair this year, finally!

Well councillors the new Standards Regime starts on the 1 July 2012 –  Aint that gonna be interesting!

INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!   INTEGRITY!

Goodnight All, with Probity, Honesty etc.,
Mrs Overall

Darren Hughes – The Return! featuring in a cameo role that star of THT, your very own Cllr Jahangir Akhtar!

The plot so far:

A committed Tory jumps ship to oust long serving Labour activist, having managed to hoodwink the great Leader our Z list star takes on the sham role of an Anston Councillor while all the time in talks with a secret sect.

To avoid detection of his continued Tory allegiances our star avoids any contact with the locals while all the time creaming in the gold coins.

All is not lost!

He underestimates the locals and Darren falls from grace, is this the end for our undercover Tory?

Fear not pantomime fans, waiting in the wings is no other than that man of whispers Cllr Akhtar, yes our so called man of the people, and yes the very same man who now refuses to respond to blogs!

“Darren a safe seat awaits Stone says that it is yours; he has told the Rawmarsh lot you’re the man!”

Keep glad handing those myopic Cllr chumps, go to their events, stick up as many posters as you want and all will be well.

And what do I want in return, your vote for Leader!

It sounds like a pantomime because it is, at the centre of this farce is Cllr Akhtar and his design to become Leader, interestingly when challenged over the decision to award Darren the Rawmarsh seat Jahangir fails to stand up for democracy and goes with the flow.

Don’t fall for it good people of Rawmarsh and Parkgate, select your own candidate.

Cerberus

Mrs Overall’s Acorn Antiques – 6th June 2012

ACORN  ANTIQUES – 6 June 2012
It’s Jubilee

Don’t wave your flags – there is nothing to celebrate about the majority of this lot

Finance Meeting
Election of New Chairman of the Finance Committee
Q   Is it normal practice for the outgoing Chairperson to open the first meeting of the new session.
A   Yes
Q   SO  – Why did Judith Dalton NOT do it
A   Done deal
Q   When Cllr Beck asked for nominations for the new Chair, why did Cllr Dalton immediately look at Cllr Brindley,  aka  Poison Ivy.  (Independent? Labour!)
A   Don’t think you need to tell us, but go on, for the sake of completeness
Q   So what happened next
A   Ah!  Poison Ivy immediately came in and nominated Martin Crowther
Q   Was he present
A   No
Q   Done deal?
A   Must have been – Elected in his absence and apparently accepted in his absence

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK GOOD PEOPLE  –  Done Deal?

Vice Chair – Cllr Beck Elected – SO now he is Chair of the Parish, Chair of the Charity,          Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.

Not bad for someone who has attended no more than 12 Parish Council Meetings!!!!!
And is only 19 years old!

Declarations of Interest
Cllrs Bridges & Dalton both declared a non-pecuniary interest in a planning application for Greenlands School.
NOW STEADY ON GIRLS  – Don’t get ahead of yourselves the new declarations of interest,
Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary, have not been established yet.
REMEMBER – You are both governors of Greenlands School, in positions of control therefore you should have left the room WHEN REMINDED TO DO SO – YOU IGNORED THE ADVICE – NAUGHTY, very NAUGHTY.  Not setting a good example to the children. YOU MUST PAY MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR LESSONS.

Old Library
Q   Why does Cllr Dalton – and others in the Labour Party press so hard to keep this drain on parish finances?
A    You tell us. It’s costing taxpayers thousands of £’s per year to keep this empty building.
Q   Will they put a realistic plan forward
A   They have already rejected one submitted by an Independent Councillor!
Q    WHO’S INTEREST ARE THIS LOT WORKING IN
A     Not those of the parish that’s for sure

Skate Park Working Group
Tra Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  Roll of Thunder  –  Enter Stage Left  –  Iain St.John who rejected Skate Park Observation Report submitted by Working Party Chairman, Stuart Thornton.
Q   Was Iain St.John complaining
A   Yes and bitterly.
Q   Why
A    Wanting different dates for the Skate Park W Group meeting.
Q    Was it Cllr St.John who requested the group to inspect the equipment
A    Yes
Q    Did he partake in discussions on the equipment
A    OH NO – He stood at the other side of the Skate Park on his own. (Billy No Mates?)
Q    Why does he want alternate dates for meetings
A    ‘Cos he goes to the operatics on this night
Q    Why should parish matters be arranged around Iain St John’s social life?
A    Of course they should not
Independent Councillor told him – MAKE THE CHOICE – OPERATICS OR THE PEOPLE OF ANSTON

Grass Verges outside, Azalea Close,  Allotment Gates
Poison Ivy is upset because grass has spilled on to the footpath around the gate.
Oh!  How sad.
Q  Who owns the land
A  RMBC
Q  Has she been in touch with Rotherham
A  No idea – Why bother us with it, it’s not Parish Council land.
Q  Where does she live
A  Oh on Azalea Close
Q  Is that Self Interest – Or What
A   As you say Another waste of parish council time

Anston Cemetery
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  –  It’s a secret – If you make a complaint i.e. about grass cutting and the non working fountain (which has cost the taxpayer over £3,000) –
They don’t want you to know – They put it into secret session. Ssssssssssssssssh
Q   Why, what is secret about grass cutting
A    Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurthing

Anston Village Green
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  –  It’s another secret – Another complaint about grass cutting – They don’t want you to know – They put it into secret session. Sssssssssssssssssssssssssssh
Q   Why what is so secret about this grass cutting (again)
A    Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuthing

Q   Why were Iain St.John, Judy Dalton and The Chairman (Dominic Beck) SO ADAMANT this was to be shuffled into secret session (Smacks of the East German Stasi)
A   Nothing secret about grass cutting – It was all about the two personalities making the complaints.  Plotting against parishioners?

Winter snow clearance
It seems RMBC want the parish council to store 20kg bags of chemicals to distribute around the village in winter.
Q   Where did they decide to store this
A   Computer says –  They Don’t Knooooooooooow
Q   Did some bright spark suggest  –  At The Top of Crowgate
A   YES – Until it was pointed out this was at the top of a hill!!!!!!!!!! duuuuuur
Q   Who is going to distribute this
A   Computer says – They Don’t Knooooooooooooooooow
Q   How much is it going to cost
A   Computer says – They Don’t Knooooooooooooooooow
Q   Did the Labour Party think it to be a very good idea
A   It would appear they did
Q   Are they going to go round snow shovelling
A   Oh yeeeeeeeeer   –   Well what do you think

Code of Conduct
NALC  National Association of Local Councils
Tra  La Larrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr  Roll of Thunder – Enter Stage Left – Iain St.John
“I move  we accept this Code of Conduct”
Q   Has he read it
A   Just wait and see dear reader
Chairman Beck begins to talk about Rotherham Standards Committee.  Nothing to do with NALC you understand.

Independent councillor, Stuart Thornton, explaining, in depth that RMBC had not finalised the Standards Committee nor the Rules
Q   Had he been to a meeting at the Town Hall re this topic
A   Oh yes
Q   SO  Why did they not listen to him
A   Because Chairman Cllr Dominic Beck had his own agenda
Q   What was that
A   Just to accept RMBC’s Standards Committee
Q  Did he explain to those present that the format for the Standards Committee has not been formalised nor the rules on interests
A  NO Of course not his agenda took pride of place!
Q  Weren’t there two proposals on the Table
A  Yes
Q  What happened then
A  Well he ignored both of them and introduced his own proposal and put it to the vote
Q  Was it carried
A   Yes Red Socks and their friend Independent Labour!

What a Buggers Muddle – Passed a resolution to accept RMBC’s standards and they have not even been written yet!!  Done Deal  –  Oh another!  But this one is a bit previous.
Take note dear reader – Iain St.John (the dinosaur) making no effort to understand the matter just let’s vote – saves having to bother to read and inwardly digest and if we don’t get our way – Well just bawl and shout

Standards Committee Parish Representative
Two Nominations before the P Council
One who upholds standards, the other who has consistently failed to declare Prejudicial Interests –
Q  SO  Who do you think they voted for
A  DO you need to ask.  It was John Thomas Ireland, the hapless and hopeless ex PC Chairman – Well the Red Socks wouldn’t want anyone with competence or integrity to represent Anston Parish Council would they.  Would show most of them up.

Tweet tweet –  Little birdie says– The new Parish Council Chairman, Dominic Beck, stated quite categorically after the meeting, that in future councillors will not be able to discuss items at length.
Democracy – Don’t be daft – It’s Anston Parish (Stasi) Council

(Loads more to report shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh   Stasi state secret.)

Goodnight All
Mrs Overall

Mrs Overall’s Acorn Antiques Part Two – Anston Parish Council Meeting 21 May 2012

ACORN ANTIQUES

ANSTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING:  21 May 2012

There was a welcome to newly elected Independent Borough Councillor – Clive Jepson. The welcome came from a member of the public – Something that the Chairman obviously forgot to announce!!!

New Chairman – Dominic Beck! Thank Goodness – About Time – Sigh of relief
Now Watch this space to see how this 19 year old Chairman performs.
Q   Will he be fair – Will he bring his colleagues to account when they misbehave
A   Let us watch wait and see

Election of Vice Chair:  Judy Dalton obviously likes this position, nominated every year
NOTE:   Labour take over complete

Surprise Resignation
Ex Chairman John Thomas Ireland even stepping down from the Finance Committee – The Loyal Trooper’s profits in for a boost?

To Agree Chairman’s Allowance
A proposal put to abolish this – It is very rarely spent and certainly not on allowances.
Q   Did all the Labour Members vote to keep this
A   You bet
Q   Why
A   Well don’t you remember? – They are saving up for a Chairman’s chain!
Q   Don’t we have another Buggers Muddle
A   Yes
Q   Surely – Play School fees reduced, not increased and giving grants to local groups takes priority
A   Well you would think so – well wouldn’t you?

Look after the community councillors and not yourselves.

From the Public Question Time

The Village Green

The WI Jubliee Oak Tree
The oak tree planted to commemorate the WI 60 year anniversary is in a sad state.
The leader has been vandalised and the tree is not growing symmetrically
The Parish Council promised the WI that it would replace the sapling should it be vandalised.
They now appear to be dragging their heels.
Q   Was this oak sapling planted properly
A   No
Q  Was this sapling given the care it should have had
A  No
Q  Was an adequate tree guard put in place
A  No
Q  Did a tree guard eventually appear
A  Yes ages after, inadequate height and cemented in disregarding the tree roots
Let us watch wait and see – keep you posted folks

Bench
Q  Was it repainted last year
A  Oh No – it was not repainted last year
Q  Was the Parish Council told
A  Yes they were a number of times
Q  Did they do anything about it
A  Do they ever
Q  Who checks and signs the work off
A  Don’t be daft, this is Anston Parish Council
Q  Surely it should be the clerk
A  The clerk – he is hardly ever here – Don’t like being in Anston
Q  Surely a waste of our money
A  Oh yes – Anston Parish Council have a history of wasting public money
Q  Do you think other profligacy will come to light
A  Oh yes Oh yes Oh yes – time is no barrier – keep watching folks

Dog Bin
Q  Will there be a dog bin on the village green
A   NO
Q  Why
Because there is no money to pay RMBC staff to empty it
Q  Did our RMBC Cllrs tell us of these cuts to services
A  NO just like the other cuts they haven’t told us about
Q  But don’t councillors spend money on lots of jollies
A  Ah well that is different!!!
Q  Have they just voted 1st Class travel if going to London
A  I do believe so!
Q  So we just go on getting dog mess around the place
A  Well two spray on signs have just been redone
Q  Oh! The ones that only last a week or so
A  Those are the ones
Q  How cost effective is this then
A  Well you tell me

So is it dog s..t on the Village Green, do s..t on your shoes so what do you think of these explanations…………………!

Overall!  A rather pleasant meeting – let’s hope it lasts – It will be watched and progress reported on.

Goodnight A……………………ll    Whoops slipped on the dog s..t
Mrs Overall

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

Anston’s Green Belt – still under threat, time to get organised!

When Rotherham Politics learned of the withdrawal of the planning application to build a Gospel Hall and School for the Exclusive Brethren’s exclusive use, we realised that this withdrawal was strategic rather than permanent. So it has proved to be.

Withdrawing the doomed application was presumably just a cynical ploy to push the next application on to a more favourable legislative framework? The presumption in favour of development, comes to mind.

It has given them also, time to explore amelioration of some of the issues raised by objectors, with planning officers? Remember the Brethren are not short of a ‘bob or two’, so anything that money can pay for, to ‘smooth’ the way is possible!

It must have come as a blow then, for the Brethren to learn of the existence of extensive archaeology, Roman and pre-Roman, if the surveys are correct, extending over most of the proposed site.

Another blow for the Brethren came with the Borough Council Elections in the Anston & Woodsetts Ward this year. The Brethren’s, ‘useful idiot’, Darren Hughes, had lost his seat to the Independent, Clive Jepson! Who, it should be noted, is adamantly opposed! The Brethren appear to have invested their hopes in Darren Hughes. How let down they must now feel?

Current thinking, we believe, is to give up on the School idea for now and push ahead with a Gospel Hall, built on the part of the site with no apparent archaeology underneath it. With the option of coming back for more, when the archaeological situation was sorted out!

This sounds a bit to us, as essentially the same as the ‘Trogan Horse’ of antiquity!

We have also learned that local opinion is resolutely opposed to any development on this green belt site and locals are preparing for the battle to come!

Previously on Rotherham Politics: ‘Cult’ wants to build school on Anston’s greenbelt!

Some sound advice by email:

“One thing always worth remembering is that any “pre-submission” discussions between RMBC people and your Exclusive Brethren friends, must be disclosed under an FoI Request.

I would make the request very general to cover “any communication with …. or their agents, or regarding …. ” or some phrase like that.

Some councils do have a formal system for giving advice and in those cases everything is routinely disclosed in the documentation. Rotherham doesn’t do this as far as I can see, but  pulled out everything relevant when I once asked for information on another application.” Rothpol is very grateful to our source.

Mrs Overalls latest play – The Farce which is Anston parish council

ACORN ANTIQUES

JOTTINGS FROM “A QUALITY PARISH COUNCIL!!”

Tell the children that the pantomime season is now well and truly over.

Our theatrical performers have now moved into a new genre. THE FARCE.

THE FARCE – which is – Anston Parish Council

Scene 1. Act 1

Question: Why did Cllr.Liz O’Brian do a cover up job for Iain St.John?
Answer: Maybe she practising to be a magician!

Question: Did she blush beetroot red whilst telling her very elaborate story – That Iain St.John did leave the room after he declared “An Interest!?”
Answer: YES – BRIGHT RED

Question: Did she turn round 180 degrees to see him leave the room?
Answer: NO: she had her back to the door.

Question: Did Iain St.John leave the room?
Answer: NO NO NO – Members of the public emphatically state – He walked over and stood looking at the map which is by the door but in the meeting room.

See Pantomime post of December 2011.

Lying, covering up, dissembling? – All part of the tatty tapestry that is Anston Parish Council.

Scene 1. Act 2

TOO MUCH INTEREST Councillor Joyce Brindley

Question: When did it become acceptable for a parish councillor to comment, in a meeting, about the private life of a member of the public, who was present?
Answer: Never – Cllr Joyce Brindley’s behaviour has in the past, been less than professional and she continues her spleen venting, this time on a member of the public.

Question: Should Cllr Joyce Brindley avail herself of some standards?
Answer: Yes she should – and that goes for the majority of this less than trustworthy lot.

She has been buying into false information – She should ask for a refund!

Scene 1. Act 3

Anston Village Green:

Question: Did a member of the public ask when the track on the south side was going to be repaired?
Answer: Yes

Queston: Did The Clerk, say it had been repaired?
Answer: Yes he did

Question: Was this contested?
Answer: Vehemently

Question: Did Anston Parish Council allow this track to be deliberately damaged & destroyed?
Answer: Oh yes, despite being advised, repeatedly.

Question: In the past did Robin Stonebridge say that he personally would not do any repairs on the village green until hell froze over?
Answer: Absolutely he did – discrimination again.

Question: Has not the Clerk, said in the past, the council have no obligation to repair this track?
Answer: Oh yes he has.

Question: Does Anston Parish Council have a duty to protect & maintain the Village Green which is vested in them?
Answer: Most certainly they do

Question: Then why did they allow a resident of Anston Village Green to systematically destroy the area?
Answer: Good question.

Watch this space good people and learn much more.

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This is Anston Parish Council’s repair!

End of Scene 1.

Scramble to the bar. We need a drink to fortify ourselves for what is to come.

Lights down, Curtain up.

Scene 2. Act.1

Litter:

Question: Did The Clerk say the Green had been litter picked that day?
Answer: Yes he did

Question: Then why is there still a substantial amount of litter on the perimeter that has been there for a very long time?
Answer: Because we are waiting for the wind of change! This then will blow it away!

Question: Did Chairman John Ireland say to the effect “There’s more to Anston than the Village Green. Would that be the Loyal Trooper public house by any chance?
Answer: Make up your own mind audience.

Scene 2. Act.2

Boy Wonder – Booming Beck

Question: Who is this young person trying to impress by booming out unimpressively loudly and aggressively?
Answer: Probably Iain St.John, It does appear he has donned his mantle, shame it’s not the cloak of invisibility.

Question: Does this boy not realise he is emulating Yesterday’s Men?
Answer: Does not care?

Question: Is it appropriate for Booming Beck and Judy Dalton (Vice Chair) to sit sniggering in a pathetic congratulatory way when Booming Beck has delivered one of his tirades?
Answer: NO – but then who cares about decorum – it is Anston Parish Council!

Scene 2. Act.3

The Hapless & Hopeless Chairman Ireland

Question: What on earth or moreover what planet, any planet, is he on?
Answer: Who knows – the only hope for Anston is that he will be sucked into a black hole!

Questions: Did he remain in his seat as Chair during a complaint against him?
Did a member of the public point out his error?
Did the Chairman refuse to take note of correct procedure?
Did he fail to ask for a seconder before evicting Cllr Thornton?
Did he say he didn’t need to?
Did he then realise he should have done so?
Did he then say he already had – and it was Joyce Brindley!!!?
Did he then over look Joyce Brindley “co-operating” with Iain St.John to say she had?
Did he then………………

Oh well – you get the picture

Answers: YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES & YES

Question: Who had planned the ambush?
Answer: Surely not Iain St.John!

Question: Did Joyce Brindley just happen to have her Standing Orders before her and open at Section 50?
Answer: Oh yes – You bet she did

And why – Because Cllr.Thornton was, yet again, pointing out the errors under which Anston Parish Council was operating.

To quote Corporal Jones – “They don’t like it up em sir.” Should that be cur?

SO HERE WE GO AGAIN – YES WE DO – YET AGAIN – yawn – and again

Voting to evict Cllr.Thornton from the meeting.

Question: Did Iain St.John turn in his chair to face Cllr Thornton as he was leaving?
Answer: Yes

Question: Was he grinning and gloating?
Answer: As a child might after a playground spat.

Question: Did Cllr St.John then become very full of himself and start showing off in the meeting?
Answer: Well what do you think

Question: Do we need to know he has been out on his bike?
Answer: Don’t give a twopenny toss – Not relevant to the meeting, like so much of what comes out of his mouth.

(Fado would have had endless material from this lot of “under” performers!)

HOW VERSATILE THIS LOT ARE! Now from Farce to Tragedy

THE TRAGEDY

That Anston has this majority of under performers, playing to and for benefit of The Master Puppeteer.

Question: Has Chairman Ireland admitted to being Ian St.John’s puppet?
Answer: Oh yes, on a number of occasions.

Well we will see how Anston Parish Council is themed at it’s next performance. Come, come and see, if you can stand it. Why should we suffer alone? A good night out! Entrance free.

Lights up – curtain down – NO THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE AND PLEEEEZE NO ENCORE

To paraphrase Rogerson:

If drama were a person (St.John)
He would be a stern and noble fellow (Not)
If it was a comedy (St.John)
He would be a jovial chap (Not)
But if it were a tragedy (Most definitely)
He would be like a solemn girl. (Sure thing)

If drama were a tree (St.John)
He would be a grand old oak. (What a joke)
If it were a comedy (St.John)
He would be the merry beech (Nut)
But if it were tragedy (Most definitely)
He would be a weeping willow. (Surely Twisted Willow!)

Goodnight All

Mrs Overall

The Players:
Michael Gazur – clerk
Martin Crowther
Joyce Brindley
Liz Bridges
Liz O Brien
Clive Jepson
John Ireland
Judy Dalton
Dominic Beck
Steve Baker
Gordon Jarvis
Stuart Thornton
Iain St John

Supporting Cast:
Mr D Smith and his Professional Heckler Mr Brian Lewis – Dave Smith did not speak.
Bill Brindley husband of Joyce Brindley. At odds/verbally aggressive/confrontational with Brian Lewis.
The Chairman allowed Bill Brindley to speak at will, despite not being a parish councillor, his status at the meeting was that of a member of the public. He certainly should not have had a go at Stuart Thornton.
The Chairman – Ireland, as you might expect, did bugger all about it!

Representatives of The Brethren were there!! But did not speak!