2016 Election Selection Dejection

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There are 63 seats to be contested in Rotherham’s 2016 Council elections….3 councillors for each of the 21 Wards. Sadly, well maybe not so sadly, none of the political parties can at present find sufficient candidates to contest every seat. … Continue reading

The shame of the Rotherham Labour 57!

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Rotherham’s Labour Group Shabana Ahmed Jahangir Akhtar Shaukat Ali Jenny Andrews Lauren Astbury Alan Atkin Ian Barron Christine Beaumont Dominic Beck Alan Buckley Jo Burton Maggi Clark Simon Currie Judith Dalton Barry Dodson John Doyle Sue Ellis Jacqui Falvey John … Continue reading

Fresh in from twitter????

Lauren Astbury Lauren Astbury
@Astbury09
hey someone is making up dreadful things that are about you

Oh really, it gets interesting?

Looks very much as though Lauren Astbury’s twitter account has been hacked, if you are a twitter user and clicked on the link, please be aware you are advised to change your twitter password. My apologies.

Discourtesy – Jenny Andrews, Lauren Astbury and Lynda Donaldson A response at last!

Reproduced below are the Emails between Don Buxton and Cllr Astbury and Cllr Andrews, latest first:

Dear Cllr Astbury,

Your mistake is noted.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

On Tue, 10/7/12, Astbury, Lauren wrote:

From: Astbury, Lauren
Subject: RE: Libraries Review Consultation
To: DON BUXTON
Cc: “Akhtar, Jahangir” <Jahangir.Akhtar@rotherham.gov.uk>, “Stone, Roger” <Roger.Stone@rotherham.gov.uk>
Date: Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 11:25

Mr Buxton,

Let me fix my mistake in my previous email all dates take place in July not April

Thanks, Cllr Astbury

Dear Cllr Astbury,

Thank you for your e-mail.

As you have already publically confirmed to me that you have no intention of challenging the “proposed” reduction in hours at my highly successful and well patronised Wickersley Library I am at a complete loss to understand what I may gain from engaging in any off-the-record, informal and unrecorded face-to-face conversation with you.

You have publically failed to fully answer my questions (a) to (g) and until you do I can see no advantage to me or my community in us meeting. My public questions to you surely must have given you an indication of my outright hostility and disapproval for the proposed reduction in my library’s hours.

I have no wish to become engaged in a stage-managed RMBC tick-box exercise where you can illustrate that you have “consultated, engaged and communicated with local communities”, and then ignore them and nod through what you intended to nod through all along as a pretence at democracy.

Please don’t forget that citizens here in Wickersley Parish have got long memories of the way that RMBC Cabinet Members have overruled, ignored and disadvantaged them in the recent past.

Of course, if you were to publically reconsider your refusal to object to the reduction in Wickersley’s hours then that would be a completely new and different set of circumstances and one in which I would consider meeting with you to discuss a positive way forward for my community and its library.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

On Tue, 10/7/12, Astbury, Lauren wrote:

From: Astbury, Lauren
Subject: RE: Libraries Review Consultation
To: DON BUXTON
Cc: “Akhtar, Jahangir” <Jahangir.Akhtar@rotherham.gov.uk>, “Stone, Roger” <Roger.Stone@rotherham.gov.uk>
Date: Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 11:17

Dear Mr Buxton,

I would very much appreciate a face to face discussion on this obviously sensitive issue I will be at the library consultation on the 14th April I have a surgery in hellaby on that day as well and another in Wickersley library on the 21st I hope to meet with you to address the problem and see each other’s point of view.

Your’s faithfully
Councillor Astbury

From: DON BUXTON
Sent: 10 July 2012 09:55
To: Astbury, Lauren; Andrews, Jenny; Donaldson, Lynda
Subject: RE: Libraries Review Consultation

Dear Cllr Astbury,

No arguments are necessary at all, just simple answers to my simple questions will suffice. I note your response and your courteous use of my title.

I also note that you have confirmed that –

“In terms to whether I will be objecting to Wickersley library opening being cut by 5 hour  my answer is at the present time I do not intend to”

No doubt some of your ward constituents, voters and many Wickersley Library users will reflect on your shameful lack of support for our wonderful library here in Wickersley.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

Dear Cllr Astbury,

No arguments are necessary at all, just simple answers to my simple questions will suffice. I note your response and your courteous use of my title.

I also note that you have confirmed that –
“In terms to whether I will be objecting to Wickersley library opening being cut by 5 hour  my answer is at the present time I do not intend to”

No doubt some of your ward constituents, voters and many Wickersley Library users will reflect on your shameful lack of support for our wonderful library here in Wickersley.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

On Tue, 10/7/12, Astbury, Lauren wrote:
From: Astbury, Lauren <Lauren.Astbury@rotherham.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: Libraries Review Consultation
To: DON BUXTON
Date: Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 8:15

Mr Buxton,

I do not intend to get into an argument with you over the internet, I found your second email to me to be fairly rude. In terms to whether I will be objecting to Wickersley library opening being cut by 5 hour  my answer is at the present time I do not intend to.

Yours Sincerely
Cllr Astbury

Dear Cllr Astbury,

Your curt and very rude e-mail to me is noted.

I particularly dislike the discourteous way in which you have replied to me, and also the fact that you have failed to answer any of my very simple questions (a) to (g).

I hope that you will be able to supply a comprehensive reply to my legitimate questions and are also able to afford me the same literary courtesy as that which I have afforded to you.

For the record you will note that my full name is “Donald H. Buxton”, and the usual English courtesy is to preface your reply with “Dear Mr Buxton”.

I look forward to your use of such simple courtesies in any future correspondence you have with me.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

On Mon, 9/7/12, Astbury, Lauren wrote:
From: Astbury, Lauren
Subject: RE: Libraries Review Consultation
To: DON BUXTON
Date: Monday, 9 July, 2012, 10:15

Your objection of the future opening hours of Wickersley library which is proposed to be cut by five hours per week has been noted Mr Buxton. I will try to attend the wickersley consultation on the 17th July.

Dear Cllr Andrews,

Thank you for your response.

1. I am not aware that we are friends, acquaintances or professional colleagues and therefore I find it highly presumptive and most discourteous of you to address me as “Don” in your response. Please afford me the courtesy of addressing me with my full name, either with the title “Mr” or without.

2. My original e-mail to you and the other two Hellaby Ward Councillors was very specific in the scope and content of its questions (a) through to (g) and I was hoping that you would provide very specific answers to those questions, which I note you have still declined to answer, and which I hope you will have the courtesy of fully responding to.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

On Sun, 8/7/12, Andrews, Jenny wrote:

From: Andrews, Jenny <Jenny.Andrews@rotherham.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: Libraries Review Consultation
To: DON BUXTON
Date: Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 23:27

Hi Don,

I do apologise for the delay in replyingour email, I did pass on your concerns to Cllr Rushforth, which I was informed you were going to a cabinet meeting last Wednesday to discuss the issues.

If you would like to discuss your concerns feel free to contact me, or attend the Hellaby ward surgeries that I hold with my Colleague Cllr Lauren Astbury. Wickersley is the third Saturday of every month at Wickersley Community Library.

Kind Regards

Cllr Jenny Andrews

Discourtesy – Jenny Andrews, Lauren Astbury and Lynda Donaldson

Dear jenny.andrews@rotherham.gov.uk, lauren.astbury@rotherham.gov.uk, lynda.donaldson@rotherham.gov.uk

I note with profound concern, but no surprise whatsoever, that I have had neither the courtesy of –

(a) an acknowledgement or,

(b) a reply or,

(c) a response

from any of you in relation to my e-mail of concern dated Monday, 2 July, 2012, 20:29, and which I am again forwarding on to you for your perusal.

Your early attention to the above would be of help in restoring what little confidence I have in RMBC Elected Members and Officers.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

Don tries to enlist support over Wickersley Library

Don tries to enlist support over Wickersley Library

Dear RMBC Cllrs Andrew, Astbury and Donaldson,

I am informed that our Wickersley Community Library does in fact fall within the Hellaby Electoral Ward for which you are the duly elected RMBC Councillors. I have also previously sent this same e-mail to the Wickersley Ward Councillors Ellis, Read and Hoddinott for their attention and response.

I have received the attached information relating to planned “changes” (aka “cuts”) to our local libraries service and I am astonished to find that our own magnificent library here at Wickersley which is currently open for 45 hours per week is proposed to be cut to 40 hours per week!.

Our library has 66990 visits per year and 3642 active borrowers (among the highest number according to RMBC’s own figures!

I note with a sense of sarcasm and profound disappointment that by comparison the library in the Aston Ward will INCREASE its hours while it boasts a miniscule amount of support from its host community – Aston Library – currently open for 44.5 hours per week -53155 visits per year – 3158 active borrowers – proposed increase hours to 49 per week.

Once again the residents and ratepayers of Wickersley are destined to be disadvantaged and to see their hours transferred to a community who show nowhere near the level of support as that of Wickersley’s residents and ratepayers.

My feeling is that once again my village is on the receiving end “of the Grald effect”.

Please will you inform me of the following at your earliest convenience –

(a) do you intend to oppose the proposed reduction in Wickersley’s Library hours?

(b) if not, why not?

(c) what specific, measurable, active measures you intend to take to oppose the proposed reduction in Wickersley Library’s hours?

(d) do you intend to organise any public meetings, and when and where, across Hellaby Ward to inform the public of your plans to oppose the proposed reduction in Wickersley Library’s hours?

(e) do you plan to oppose the proposed reduction in Wickersley Library’s hours within –
1. the Rotherham Labour Group, 2. RMBC Cabinet, 3. at full Council Meetings?

(f) if none of the 3 above, please inform me why not.

(g) do you intend to make use of the media to conduct a campaign of opposition to the proposed reduction in Wickersley Library’s hours.

I also note with considerable derision that RMBC are spuriously claiming to be responsible for the creation of the new Wickersley Library, whereas in fact it is my firm belief that the Wickersley Community Centre and Library building is owned by Wickersley Parish Council and was a project that was initiatied and actioned and funded entirely by our Parish Council and that RMBC merely rent space from the Parish Council to use for library purposes!

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

See also:

Library Consultation – What it means for Wickersley – Chris Read’s Response – Is that it?

Libraries Consultation? Will this be the usual sham?

Library Consultation – What it means for Wickersley