What the councillors say...
Mark Vivis, Conservative for Amersham on The Hill has a 36 per cent attendance record for council meetings he was expected at since May.
Mr Vivis who has been selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Chesterfield in Derbyshire will not stand for re-election in Bucks.
He said: “It was simply work commitments, I think I’m the youngest councillor there, not that age is an issue, but I do have a full-time job based in London. I travel with my job as well. Those were the only times I have not attended (when working) unless I have been on holiday.”
Howard Trevette, Independent for Amersham Town, who has not attended any meetings he was expected at, is facing a criminal trial for benefit fraud next month.
He said: “I have not attended because there is a legal inquiry going on at the moment. It has been going on since May last year.
“I was put on as an Independent and put off all my committees which made it very awkward for me to attend. I regret that situation. I do not know whether I can stand again until I have the court case.”
Tony Williams, Conservative for Amersham Town, had a 25 per cent attendance record. He said business interests keep him out of the UK from September to January.
Mr Williams is undecided on whether to stand for re-election on Chiltern District Council.
He said: “A great deal of business is done by email and responses to issues are usually within 24 hours both at ATC and CDC level. If the technology was embraced most meetings could be attended electronically.
“As I made it clear when I was asked to become a councillor, I spend around one third of the year abroad and I have never to date claimed any expenses either at CDC or Amersham Town Council.”
Andrew Garth, Conservative for Ashley Green, Latimer and Chenies who had a 43 per cent attendance record says his role covers three parishes
Left, Howard Trevette and right, Tony Williams which adds to the workload.
He said: “I find it very hard to get out of the office in London at 5pm! However I do always read the material for meetings which I am expected to attend and I pass on my comments to committee chairmen and/or council officers.
“I am standing for reelection in May because I do take my duty to residents seriously and I have felt privileged to have been elected and then re-elected to represent them.
“While you can see clearly that this has not always been achieved by being physically present at meetings, I do make sure that I comment on behalf of my residents on all relevant issues that are tabled for discussion.”
Nik Stewert, Conservative for St. Mary’s and Waterside who had a 39 per cent attendance record and is a member of the planning committee was unavailable for comment. Ralph Bagge, Conservative, Stoke Poges: 100 per cent Nick Naylor, Conservative Cabinet Member - Environment, Burnham Lent Rise: 100 per cent Duncan Smith, Conservative cabinet member resources, Stoke Poges: 100 per cent David Pepler, Conservative Burnham Lent Rise: 100 per cent Alan Samson, Conservative Burnham Church: 100 per cent Jennifer Woolveridge, Conservative Gerrards Cross South: 95 per cent Roger Reed, Conservative Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member - Sustainable Development, Denham North: 94 per cent Dr Wendy Matthews, Conservative Iver Village /