County coun­cil­lor un­der fire for miss­ing meet­ings

Parish wants to see him more

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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