Parish Councils Failures & Achievements!
The Parish Council began with three unelected members in May 2015; Brian Hanks, Caroline Maclean and Dawn Laird.
They recruited a Clerk, Debbie Hill and 4 people were co-opted. Hans Ziebeck, Andrew Maclean, David Arnold and Jason Corban and it appeared progress was being made.
20 June 2017, it consisted of Brian Hanks and Dawn Laird, as the others have resigned for their own reasons.
The lack of achievements of URPC speak for themselves, rather embarrassing to be honest.
- Termination of employment of the Parish Clerk…..unlawfully completed after bullying.
- See above, £6000 spent on the process of parting company with the Clerk.
- See above, repeated refusals for a parishioner to examine the accounts (this is a statutory right).
- Moving URPC website, without consultation and thus stolen.
- Youth Shelter (money allocated).
- Floral beds adjacent to village signs (money allocated).
- No participation with Developers at all in 2 years.
- Concrete Table Tennis table – it appears no one asked for it (PC reported otherwise??).
- Threat not to cut Grass, Trim Trees or Hedges in 2018.
- Attempting to control the VHT Hall premises, by not handing over keys.
- See above (25 month delay in securing building for TRUST).
- Waste Bins secured by resident after failing to take the lead.
- Village Hall handed over to the Trust (timeline 25 months late).
- 3 picknick benches.
- 1 Defibrillator (already organised by previous council).
- New PC Noticeboard (scheduled).
- Concrete Table Tennis table – it appears no one asked for it (PC reported otherwise??). Listed in Failures. It could be an achievement.
- After a year without a Chairman, we have one.
- Minutes / Agendas / Draft Minutes published after many years of asking.
Where do we go from here?
- An thorough investigation by the auditors Grant Thornton. Then they will discover, the blatant Conflicts of Interest and the many lies spun by them.
With a strong council offering differing abilities, the council should go forward and improve our village. The council should support the ex-clerk, Debbie Hill who, given the opportunity will do a fantastic job for the village.
There could be light at the end of the tunnel if the CLUB is dismantled and reformed as a COUNCIL.