De­bate on po­lit­i­cal na­ture of coun­cil

Ques­tions on whether mo­tion was passed or not

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VIL­LAGERS were of­fered the chance to vote on the make up of a coun­cil at a meet­ing this week.

But as the Ad­ver­tiser goes to press there is still con­sid­er­able de­lib­er­a­tion over whether the mo­tion car­ried as coun­cil­lors dis­agreed on in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the law. Chal­font St Peter Parish coun­cil held its an­nual Parish Meet­ing on Mon­day evening, where mem­bers of the public were in­formed of the work car­ried out by CHAL­FONT ST GILES: Nine gar­dens are open­ing in the vil­lage on Sun­day June 7 to raise funds for the Me­mo­rial Hall.

Tick­ets with a map cost £5 and give ac­cess to all the gar­dens which will be the coun­cil over the year and then were able to en­gage in a public fo­rum.

Vil­lagers voiced their con­cerns that a parish coun­cil should not be in­flu­enced by po­lit­i­cal par­ties but coun­cil­lors re­sponded by say­ing that membership of the coun­cil was the re­sult of democ­racy, with chair­man Linda Smith stat­ing “every­body was elected”.

Karen Dick­son, re­cently re­elected as an in­de­pen­dent, said: “We, the res­i­dents of Chal­font St Peter at­tend­ing the an­nual parish meet­ing, do not want to have a party open from 11am – 5pm, in­clud­ing Mil­ton’s Cottage gar­den, and are avail­able be­fore­hand from the Com­mu­nity Li­brary and on the Vil­lage Green po­lit­i­cal parish coun­cil.”

The ques­tion was posed to those who are el­i­gi­ble to vote in the parish with 27 vot­ing for and 20 against by a show of hands. But af­ter the ques­tion was asked, chair­man Linda Smith, speak­ing to Cllr Dick­son, said: “I’m not go­ing to stop the mo­tion go­ing through but it’s not legally bind­ing.”

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1972 states a poll may be de­manded on an is­sue but “no poll shall be taken un­less ei­ther the per­son pre­sid­ing at the meet­ing con­sents or the poll is from 10.30am on the day.

Plants will be on sale at many of the gar­dens and tea and home­made cakes will be made avail­able from 2pm at the de­manded by not less than 10, or one-third,” of the elec­tors present, “whichever is less”.

Richard Allen, of the parish coun­cil, speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing, said: “This is the meet­ing where you can hold the coun­cil to ac­count.”

He added: “The parish coun­cil should be lis­ten­ing and at­tempt­ing to re­solve those things.”

What do you think? Should the parish coun­cil be a po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk. Me­mo­rial Hall, School Lane. En­try is free to ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren un­der 16. Con­tact Tony Hoare on 01494 872883 or ethoare@hot­mail.co.uk.

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