A GIRL Guide leader has been left outraged over the ‘offensive’ actions of South Bucks District Council (SBDC) at a Remembrance service on Sunday (November 8).
Beaconsfield based Paul Dreelan, 42, has spoken out over a blank card that was laid with a wreath at the Denham Remembrance service, saying it was upsetting to think that elected members ‘can’t be bothered’ to write an appropriate message in the card.
Mr Dreelan, who lives on Maxwell Road, said: “I was deeply upset and I was extremely outraged. It’s not acceptable to put a blank card down at all, I was fuming.”
He added: “To be honest with you it deeply upset me to think that the two councillors could turn up and just place that down.
“It’s unacceptable really, it deeply upset me, and I thought people should know and people should hear about how they have been acting on behalf of the people of Denham.”
He did say however that despite the service saw a good turn out and there was a really good service.
“It was brilliant for us to see the Girl Guides so well behaved and that’s why I got so emotional,” he said. “The girls were doing me proud.”
But Mr Dreelan said it was when he saw the councillors lay the wreath down with the blank card that he got upset, adding that it was not something elected councillors should do.
He said: “I would have had a card big enough to write what I wanted to say. It was really offensive to me. To see it blank, I just went in a fury.
“How dare they put a blank card down on behalf of the good people of Denham?”
Mr Dreelan added that the two councillors ‘should know better’, and that if they ‘can’t be bothered’ to write on the card they should not have gone.
“I just don’t think it was appropriate for the council to do that, sending someoneandnotbothering to fill it in,” he said.
An SBDC spokesman said: “Each year the Council supports Remembrance Sunday across the district by laying wreaths to remember those who gave their lives or suffered injury in the two World Wars and in the many other conflicts since.
“It has since been reported to us that unfortunately one of the wreaths was laid without a written tribute.
“We would like to apologise for this oversight and any upset caused.” A LIBRARY is helping people to get online after launching a new course this month.
Chesham Library in Elgiva Lane, Chesham, launched the Learn My Way course on Wednesday, November 4.
The course will run until the end of March 2016.
Three staff and one volunteer will be delivering three one hour sessions per week on Wednesday afternoons (two sessions) and Friday PEOPLE in Gerrards Cross are stil furious they were never consulted over the decision to change the status of the village to that of a town.
District councillors and members of the public rounded on the parish council to vent their frustrations at a meeting on November 16.
First to speak was exdistrict councillor Deirdre Holloway, who said: “Many people are amazed to find that the parish council can actually decide that Gerrards Cross is a town.”
She added: “The people of Gerrards Cross have not been asked about it, they did not know about it.”
Mrs Holloway said a vote taken last year suggested people were happy with Gerrards Cross remaining a village.
She called the recent announcement ‘totally undemocratic’ and added: “These reasons should have been debated by the residents of Gerrards Cross.”
The change will mean that from January 1 next year, parish council chairman Chris Brown will become a mayor and the mornings (one session) outside Chesham library opening hours, using the library computers.
Chesham Library has been awarded £2,500 of HMRC funding from the Tinder Foundation to help support 150 people in the Chesham area to get started online.
Register your interest for the course or book with Chesham Library by emailing lib-che@ buckscc.gov.uk or calling 0845 230 3132 or 01296 382 415. area will no longer be referred to as a village.
It will bring Gerrards Cross in line with other nearby towns such as Beaconsfield, Amersham and Chesham, all of which have mayors.
Mr Brown backed the move when it was first announced, saying that it more accurately reflects the size of the area and will give the village ‘more clout’.
Councillors also said they believed it would attract more businesses to the area and increase the neighbourhood’s profile and recognition.
At the meeting Richard Griffiths said: “I’m concerned that any decision which should be taken by the parish council which affects all of Gerrards Cross, nobody has been consulted.”
South Bucks District Councillor Santokh Chokkar, who represents the village, said residents had been in contact with him over the decision.
He added that the parish council should ‘consider’ any decisions that affects the local population, but in this case he said: “They [the residents] feel that wasn’t carried out.”
“The last thing you want is unhappy residents,” he added.
Speaking directly to the council Mr Chokkar said: “The way of arriving at this decision should have been different.”
In a letter to the Bucks Advertiser Gwyn Owen said: “Is this the Local Government process whereby the Parish can instantly decide that their remit is to create a new body – with its associated additional costs?”
He added: “The process of non consultation is significant by its absence. I wonder what is the concensus of views from the local residents.”
Speaking after the meeting chairman Chris Brown, who stands by the council’s decision, said: “We are a quality council and all our councillors are trained and are working for the good of the Gerrards Cross community.
“We believe the change of name from parish council to town council is appropriate and there are no costs involved and there is no need for either a town councillor or a mayor.”