“No recording” at Newton Poppleford

30 Jul

Last night’s parish council meeting in Newton Poppleford’s Village Hall, opened its business agenda with the Chairman’s statement that “We haven’t adopted” a policy that meetings could be recorded. “I’d appreciate it if you didn’t record”, he told the 50-or so members of the public who attended.

This seemed to jar with a following agenda item,  which could have been avoided by having meetings recorded! Instead, the councillors had to vote last night to correct previous minutes which had some serious and misleading omissions. (“We have not followed due process” , said the Chair).  For instance, one crucial objection by councillors to the controversial King Alfred Way planning application, was that there were “too many houses”. This  had not been minuted by  the parish clerk .

At the end of the session, the Chair, Cllr Sanders, regretted the ‘vitriol’ which had been part of the recent parish council meetings. “I’ve been smeared, I’ve been misquoted”, he said.

A pity there was no evidence from recordings of past meetings, to prove his allegations…and to stop more of this sort of thing in its tracks.

Time for a change in policy?   Go for it, Newton Pop!


3 Responses to ““No recording” at Newton Poppleford”

  1. Tim July 31, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Time and time again we see personal interests of a few getting in the way of the public good. When will councillors, and clerks, realise they are accountable?

    • tim August 1, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Can I make it clear I was referring to the decision not to allow recording and nothing more. It is time all councils, councillors and clerks looked at the date and realised that we are in the 21st century.

  2. Matt Coppell July 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    An outrage, isn’t it, that someone should dare to stand up for a significant number of the parish who have genuine concerns regarding the KAW development. Not so much out of his depth as facing an up hill battle to inject some representation and objectivity into our parish council.

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