Silly Season Short No2

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A fresh piece of ‘silly season’ news. Lynda Donaldson, the Conservative Councillor for Hellaby Ward, has been chosen to fight Sitwell Ward for them in the local elections next year! She must be in doubt of retaining her Hellaby seat … Continue reading

2014 elections – first look at the battleground

The 2014 Battleground, first look. These are the incumbent Councillors who’s Term of Office, expires May 2014.

Ward Incumbent Party
Anston & Woodsetts Ward Jo Burton Lab
Boston Castle Ward Rose McNeeley Lab
Brinsworth & Catcliffe Ward Alan Buckley Lab
Dinnington Ward Jackie Falvey Lab
Hellaby Ward Lynda Donaldson Con
Holderness Ward Gerald Smith Lab
Hoober Ward Brian Steele Lab
Keppel Ward Ian Barron Lab
Maltby Ward Amy Rushforth Lab
Rawmarsh Ward Shaun Wright Lab
Rother Vale Ward Richard Russell Lab
Rotherham East Shaukut Ali Lab
Rotherham West Jahangir Akhtar Lab
Silverwood Ward Pat Russell Lab
Sitwell Ward Tony Mannion Con
Swinton Ward Neil License Lab
Valley Ward Dave Pickering Lab
Wales Ward Jennifer Whysall Lab
Wath Ward Alan Atkin Lab
Wickersley Ward Sue Ellis Lab
Wingfield Ward Keith Goulty Lab

Borough Council Elections 2010 Results

The strange case of the disappearing Tory?

Dear Rotherham Politics,

Does the person Lynda.Donaldson@rotherham.gov.uk actually exist in reality or is he/she/it/they another figment of political imagination which floats around the junketing corridors down at Town Hall Towers just picking up their more than Sheffield City Councillor expenses and doing naff-all in return?

I know that Rovrum Tawreez are as rare as Rovrum Rockin Oss Dung but surely this is “Extracting the Urine” a little bit, innit?

The following response is what constantly returns whenever I include her/she/he/it/they in my regular enquiries of those who chose to put themselves forward for public office to serve the electorate on our behalf and run our town with our informed consent.

Yours Sincerely,
Don

On Sat, 14/7/12, postmaster@rotherham.gov.uk <postmaster@rotherham.gov.uk> wrote:

From: postmaster@rotherham.gov.uk <postmaster@rotherham.gov.uk>
Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
To: Don Buxton
Date: Saturday, 14 July, 2012, 15:58

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

Lynda.Donaldson@rotherham.gov.uk

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

Opposition? What Opposition!

Little wonder that Rotherham Council is so poor – there’s a distinct lack of scrutiny or oversight provided by the so-called Tory opposition!

There are 7 Tory Councillors on Rotherham Borough Council but what do they spend their time doing? They must all be asleep during Council meetings or absent as few of them has ever been reported as raising any issues with the ruling Labour Group over recent years.

What’s the purpose of having an opposition when they don’t ‘oppose’? Or could the answer be that they are content to take their Councillor allowances, do very little and join in with the ‘troughing’ and ‘social life’ that Councillors appear to enjoy and value above all else?

In my opinion, they act more like an Independent group, showing a lack of co-ordination and direction, presumably with a Group Leader who takes a Leader’s allowance but doesn’t seem to be ‘leading’. It seems to me that Rotherham Politics provides more scrutiny, oversight and comment on the antics of the Council than the official ‘opposition’!!

If the Tories claim to be truly opposed to what the Labour Group is doing, then they should form themselves into a cohesive group, elect themselves a Leader who gives leadership and supports the Group and starts doing what they are on the Council to do!

Millie