County councillor under fire for missing meetings
Parish wants to see him more
A COUNTY councillor has been encouraged to attend more meetings in one of the villages he represents.
Parish councillors in Gerrards Cross say Peter Hardy has not come along to one of their meetings for 18 months.
He has also missed both of the village’s most recent annual parish meetings.
As a county councillor, Mr Hardy is not obliged to attend parish council meetings, but parish councillors believe he should go along more often to discuss village issues.
At a meeting on Monday evening, parish councillors spoke of their disappointment at Mr Hardy’s attendance.
They said that they would start inviting him, to encourage him to attend.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: “It’s disappointing. We would like to see him here more. This is the area which he represents and we have not seen him for a long time, or at the AGMs.”
Mr Hardy was criticised by some parish councillors, as well as members of a working party, as they felt he was not doing enough during his time as Bucks cabinet member for transport to make improvements to the Packhorse Road traffic light system. Many villagers believe the junction to be dangerous for pedestrians.
However, he has since left that role, and is now cabinet member for finance and resources.
Mr Brown said: “I would say that we were always polite and civil when talking with Mr Hardy and I think it should be placed in the minutes of this meeting that we are disappointed that we haven’t seen him at any meetings for 18 months.”
Mr Hardy, who lives in Little Kingshill, and says that he is happy to attend Gerrards Cross meetings in the future.
“If they want to talk to me, they know where I am,” he added. “I go to other parish council meetings and I have nothing against going to Gerrards Cross meetings.
“They need to ask me. If they want me to attend, they know how to get hold of me.”