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THIS IS A DARK AND X RATED PRODUCTION
Little comedy – just gloom
Read and despair
Last Meeting of the Financial Year:
Councillor Thornton asked if the budget was over or underspent
Computer says aka (The Clerk, Michael Gazur) Don’t Noooooooooooooooooooo
Joyce Brindley also known to us as Poison Ivy- Asking whose turn it was to do the audit checks
Q Was this a loaded question
A Of course
A Because Councillor Thornton refuses to do the audit check, having asked on numerous
occasions for a breakdown of transfer of monies, between the Charity and the Parish
Q Did she trip up
A Oh yes, she ensnared the “illustrious” chairman who never does an audit check!
MEETING ADJOURNED by Cllr Dalton
Q Was a vote taken to adjourn the meeting
A Don’t be ridiculous
Q Did she declare the items for which this meeting was adjourned
A Don’t be silly
Q Was a vote taken to put items into secret session
A Don’t be so very silly
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Chairman Ireland opens the meeting with more obfuscation e.g.
Regarding the guest speaker from Groundwork who had been invited to talk about litter picks (child labour!) A councillor asked who invited this lady.
The chairman replied “We invited her at the last Parish Council Meeting”
WHAT A WHOPPER! – Councillor Dalton invited the lady unbeknown to the clerk or the chairman or indeed councillors.
THE LADY WAS NOT INVITED AT THE LAST PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Q Does the chairman know which end of him is up?
A No but he knows where the Trooper is!
In Attendance – School boys of the local area who are users of the Skate Park.
They attended to bring their observations to the attention of the Parish Council of the poor and unsafe condition of the Skate Park.
An eloquent young skate boarder pointed out that rivets were sticking out of the ramps and this was dangerous. Also the mud on the tarmac was a danger.
After all the normal excuses the Chairman invited the boys to attend the inspection of the Skate Park on a week day i.e. school day!
Q Is it the Chairman’s policy or that of the Parish Council to encourage truancy?
A Looks like it
Mrs Wallhead – Who has been campaigning for this Skate Park for many years and is now campaigning for it’s safety, asked:
Q Have any of the councillors been to look at other skate parks
A In jumps Iain St.John “Yes is the short answer,
I was cabinet member for skate parks etc., The major problem with skate parks maybe the day to day use. What you are wanting is something like Clifton Park we think or Maltby.”
The eloquent young skate boarder replied: “The point is we have got other skate parks round the area. We are not asking for these amazing skate parks “WE JUST WANT THIS TO BE SAFE. IT IS TOO DANGEROUS FOR US TO USE.”
At this point the whole of the public applauded this eloquent and perfectly controlled young man and called Hear Hear
If Iain St.John was Cabinet Member and Parish Council Member – HOW COME WE END UP WITH CAST OFF EQUIPMENT AND END UP WITH THE WORST UNSAFE SKATE PARK IN THE BOROUGH?
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 20 February 2012
Untrue recording of above Minutes:
Now for the truth (a foreign land to many Anston Parish Councillors)
Q Was Councillor Thornton evicted from the previous parish council meeting 20 February
Q Did the Minutes record the events truthfully
Q Did the Chairman take a vote to evict Cllr Thornton
A Yes TWICE!
Q Why twice
A Because the Chairman made a Bugger’s Muddle of this
Q Was he complying with Standing Orders
A proposal was made to amend the Minutes to record the true events
This was put to the vote
RESULT – 7 Abstentions 1 For 6 Against
NOTE: The 6 Against – These had been present at the 20 February meeting and therefore knew that the events recorded in the minutes were untrue!
Q Is it acceptable for councillors to cover up and lie
A NO certainly not
However untrue recording of minutes amounts, at Anston Parish Council to:
Record not what took place but what you would have liked to have taken place.
Hey here comes Boy Wonder giving us his wisdom – convoluted though it is!
The Chesterfield Canal Trust
Q Why did Staveley Town Council write to request Anston Parish Council to grant monies
to The Chesterfield Canal Trust?
A Surely the Chesterfield Canal Trust should write on their own behalf?
Q Why did Boy Wonder press so hard for this grant
A Surely not to impress the Chairman of the Chesterfield Canal Trust (Robin Stonebridge)
Q Did Boy Wonder speak against donating to our own stretch of canal
A Yes – it is a linked up project (Clang – medal struck for stating the b……g obvious)
Q Later did he report that 3 areas, including Rotherham had donated to their own stretch of the Canal
A Yes he did – Well let’s have it straight Boy Wonder (Clang – another medal struck)
10i Agenda Item -To discuss bullying of Councillors
Q At the previous month’s meeting, did Cllr St.John accuse another councillor of bullying
Q Did Cllr St.John make a complaint about bullying to the Standards Committee
Q Did Cllr St.John make this accusation for effect
A Of course – He can’t resist being on a stage
Q Did the accused councillor read out a statement in order to prevent himself being
evicted once more
Q Why were Poison Ivy and Boy Wonder sitting smirking with each other
A Obviously they think bullying is funny but then Poison Ivy does have a certain record
10ii Agenda Item – To discuss Councillor Thornton being evicted from the previous council meeting
Q Why did the chairman strike this item off the agenda
A Too near the knuckle
Q Did the chairman allow any discussion
A None whatsoever
Q What powers was he acting under
A Maybe he will let us know – when he finds out!
Q Did Cllr Thornton stand to make a point of order
Q Why was Boy Wonder jabbing his finger at Cllr Thornton saying “You need to state the
rules, You need to state the rules”
A Because he is infantile
Q Why did Poison Ivy stand to show a copy of Councils Direct regarding bullying
A Who knows why, this from a councillor who has assaulted another member 3 times
At this point Robin Stonebridge said to Cllr Thornton this is a platform for your paranoid fantasies – the tone of which can be imagined.
10iii Agenda Item To discuss the position of RMBC Members in relation to their role as Anston Parish Council Members.
This item was withdrawn due to the councillor not being given a fair chance to speak
At this point Cllr Stonebridge came in again and said “YOU ARE A WASTE OF LIFE”
The reaction from the public was one of understandable horror.
The meeting then descended into chaos with Poison Ivy shouting Shut UP to Cllr Thornton. Poison Ivy then turned her spleen on a member of the public and said in a threatening manner “I will see you later”
Outside in the playground –
Behind the bike shed –
I am not that childish –
Well you could have fooled us all, firstly she is striking councillors, then making untrue remarks, in a meeting, re a member of the public’s personal life and now issuing threats to a member of the public.
No wonder the meeting was in uproar
AND WHAT DID THE HAPLESS AND HOPELESS JOHN THOMAS IRELAND DO – BUGGER ALL!
The young skate boarding spokesman knew how to handle himself with maturity beyond his years –
He and his friends must certainly have been appalled at what they observed from certain councillors.
This Parish Council has plumbed the depths – it is an utter farce – is not fit for purpose – spends our money wantonly and should be disbanded immediately.
This type of base behaviour is not acceptable in any way to the people of Anston.
A DARK NIGHT INDEED – A VERY DARK NIGHT
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?
Queston: Did The Clerk, say it had been repaired?
Answer: Yes he did
Question: Was this contested?
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.
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
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?
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
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!)
Michael Gazur – clerk
Liz O Brien
Iain St John
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!
Rotherham’s Labour apparatchiks like to conduct their business without benefit of public accountability for the decisions ‘made in their name’.
When local citizens take an interest in the goings on at their local Parish Council, abuse from Labour members is the usual result. For quite some time now, Anston Parish Council has typified this tendency and serves as a powerful example of the frankly tyrannical behaviour that can result!
The three worst offenders on Anston Parish Council? Iain StJohn, Robin Stonebridge and also Borough Councillor Dominic Beck, who are known to us now at Rotherham Politics, as the ‘three wise monkeys. Judy Dalton and Chairman Ireland have also lent a hand in this shameful record at times, with outrageous behavior tolerated by the Chairman on a routine basis!
Labour’s untrammeled power in Rotherham, has engendered an unwillingness to accept any form of accountability at all, to those they ‘claim to serve’. Even the Labour Party, that chooses them as candidates, has seemed unable, or unwilling, to ensure their performance, abilities, behaviour and conduct was of an acceptable standard!
Readers of Rotherham Politics will be familiar with this litany of woes as it has afflicted Anston Parish Council, so it will come as a pleasant surprise for us to report that at recent meetings of the Parish Council standards of behaviour and conduct from the Labour PC members was exemplary! All Rotherham Politics hopes, is that they can keep it up in the future? Hence the headline, All quiet on the Anston front!
Acorn Antiques January 2012
Reflections on Meetings of Anston Parish Council by Mrs Overall.
4th January Charity Meeting
It was a calm night – no wind blowing.
It was calm at the Parish Charity Meeting – no hot air!
In fact there seems to have been a lot of charity at this meeting!
Question: Is this their New Year’s Resolution?
Answer: We will have to wait and see
Question: Or – was it because Cllr.St.John was absent
Answer: Damned sure it was.
16th January Finance Meeting – Democracy in Action!
Agenda Item: 7a
To discuss allowing the public to query parish business, by asking questions at Wednesday Finance Meetings.
Cllr Beck – Strongly & loudly against the public asking questions regarding items on the Agenda.
Question: Why is he so against receiving verbal questions from the electorate he is supposed to represent?
Answer: He wants the public to write a letter to the clerk within 4 working days from the publication of the Agenda –
Question: Do all the public have access to a computer?
Question: What was the solution Cllr Beck came up with?
Answer: Oh! Truck on down to the Recourse Centre (Dinnington – next village)
Doesn’t matter if you are aged, disabled etc this 19 year old boy/young man, obviously has no thought for those parishioners.
Agenda Item: 7b
Cllr Beck – Strongly & loudly – Trying to allow councillors to speak and express a view on items they have a prejudicial interest in, at the beginning of the meeting
Question: Has he not read the Model Code of Conduct 2007 which clearly states Members are not allowed to speak unless the public are so allowed?
Answer: Code of Conduct – Why bother? None of the other Labour councillors do –
AND THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE COULD NOT CARE LESS.
Councillor Beck – Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!
Another pleasant Meeting!
Question: Who was absent
Answer: Iain St.John
Arrived @ 7.20pm – Robin Stonebridge!
Parish Council Meeting: 16 January 2012
Litter: On the Village Green
Question: When is this going to be addressed along with other matters on the Village Green?
Answer: Reader – We will keep you posted, don’t hold your breath – it took 25 years to get a wall repaired. However we are on the case!
Tra La – Enter Iain St.John @ 7.45pm –
Question: Why did he not take the empty chair next to Cllr Thornton
Answer: Preferred to find a chair and squash up to Cllrs Beck & Stonebridge
3 Wise Monkeys? (Hear all, see all, say nowt! Perhaps?)
A chill now enters the room – Charity leaves by the window.
Dangerous parking near Hillcrest School
Well done new Cllr Gordon Jarvis for taking a pro-active stance, showing concern for the people you represent. Not so well done Borough Cllr. Dalton for trying to hijack the issue.
Cllr. Thornton proposed the Parish Council send a letter to RMBC Highways
Voted in favour unanimously.
Dangerous pavement at Church Farm development South Anston
Well done again new Councillor Gordon Jarvis
Question: Did Cllr Dalton try to hijack this subject as well?
Answer: Yes and backed up by Iain St.John.
Cllr. Thornton proposed the Parish Council write to Highways.
Question: Was this defeated.
Answer: Oh yes it was!
Question: Why did Four (4) Labour councillors look at each other and hesitantly raise their hands to vote this proposal down.
Comment – Nothing like voting for the Labour Party said Cllr. Thornton
(Great Uproar from Labour)
Question: Why did Chairman Ireland say he found the remark offensive?
Answer: Who knows and would Chairman Ireland know!
Cllr Thornton said “Because you find it offensive does not mean it is.”
Wait for it – Here we go again………………….
So what did Cllr St.John say next – Comes in from the sidelines saying AGAIN – We have rules to evict councillors from meetings if they constantly disagree with the chairman.
Unprompted!!! Chairman Ireland picks up the rule book says “I would like someone to propose that Mr Thornton leaves the meeting.
THE SILENCE WAS DEAFENING
Question: Why did we have, yet again, all this nonsense about evicting Cllr Thornton?
Answer: Chairman Ireland does as he is told/prompted!
Final comment from Cllr St.John – “I am not personally rude to people”
Sharp intake of collective breath – Oh yeeeeeer
Poor Mr Lewis – it caused him to have a severe coughing bout!
Well although relatively quiet & civil (up until a certain point!)
Let us see how long the New Year’s Resolution lasts.
Goodnight All – Mrs Overall