Not ev­ery­one can do parish clerk job

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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

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