If you have the time please listen to the following Audio File form the last URPC meeting on the 9th January. I apologise for the initial background noise.
Firstly, I would like to say I am very pleased to announce that URPC now have a Chairman (Jason Corban). However, it is clear from the the Audio Minutes that the Clerk knew nothing of this process as the forms for the new Chairman to sign were brought to the meeting by a Councillor and not the Clerk/RFO (Debbie Hill). A clear lack of communication by the councillors which outwardly appears to be an underhand process and simultaneously undermines the clerk/rfo.
Also, listen to the tone of the meeting. The way in a which a Cllr speaks to Debbie Hill on numerous times is appalling, this same fact has been discussed by various people in the village who attended the meeting on Monday evening. If I was the Chairman, I would consider rebuking the councillor. Another example, was the way a Cllr said that they could not endorse the minutes of a previous meeting. This was an error of judgement, as the normal process is to report any findings when the minutes are circulated prior to the meeting. I am sure you will agree a very unprofessional way of conducting business.
Onto serious business, it is now nearly 2 years since the Village Hall was completed (March 2015) and still we are waiting for paperwork from solicitors for the TRUST to take over. We need to contact the BBC again on this, as it is clear someone within the Council is delaying matters, on purpose or otherwise. Bizarre and hugely disappointing for all concerned.
Whats more, URPC have wasted many thousands of pounds on energy bills, because they did not fix the heating system and lights that were reported to them as early as July 2016. In fact, it has been reported elsewhere by someone directly involved with the Hall, that the Clerk was specifically instructed NOT to fix the boiler problem (Note: at the last meeting Debbie Hill announced she will be organising a fix for the boiler).
I’m also appalled at the naive attitude that the developers will supply more money to fix a building which has gone out or warranty in approx’ May 2016. The developers have already built the Hall FOC and also given the Council a huge lump sum, why would they give more? URPC need to agree to fix the problems and get it handed over to the TRUST who are willing to run this fantastic facility for the village ASAP.
It goes without saying I am very unhappy with the way that some councillors conducts their business. They need to read the NALC Guide and the Good Councillor Guide and their own Standing Orders as they don’t appear to comply with any of it.
NB: We never did get the report of why the last Clerk resigned after her harrasement in 2015. This was requested numerous times at Council Meetings in 2015 and has been conveniently forgotten. I shall remind them.