Not everyone can do parish clerk job
RE: ‘Council office bid failure is a relief’, Buckinghamshire Advertiser Letters, Thursday, November 20 WHILE I agree with Mrs Lamb about the amount of money that has been ‘saved’ by the parish council not buying a property to house the clerk, I have to take issue with her on some other points she raised in her letter.
Why should the tenants in the flat above the library be forced to relocate? It’s their home. How would she like to be forcibly removed from her home for no good reason?
‘A young mother’ in Ms Lamb’s opinion could be a part-time clerk to the parish council. First of all, Seer Green is considerably smaller than Chalfont St Giles; secondly, has Ms Lamb any idea how much paperwork is generated in being clerk to the parish council? I doubt any ‘young mum’ would welcome this in any way, especially having to store such paperwork.
As far as I’m aware, there’s nothing secret about the workings of the parish council – anyone can attend a meeting. If some items are held ‘in camera’, there will be good reasons.
In conclusion, I also agree that more local shopkeepers – indeed, local people in general – should consider standing for the PC (assuming they have the time) but, despite having been a parish councillor herself, I disagree that ‘it really does not take up much time, almost anyone can do it’.
Belonging to any committee does take time and commitment.
Working for the good of the community is really worthwhile but can – and perhaps should – be time-consuming if we are to have a parish council that provides the best possible service to its parishioners.
SUE DORMAN Stylecroft Road Chalfont St Giles