What the coun­cil­lors say...

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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 /

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