Debate on political nature of council
Questions on whether motion was passed or not
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.”
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