Lib Dem group ‘no show’ at Parish Council

MIA: Lib Dem Cllrs Arnett,Broadhurst,Bull,Bicknell,Pragnell and Roberts

The entire group of  Chandlers Ford’s  Liberal Democrat parish councillors failed to take part in discussions regarding the re-siting of the Council dump after all six members of the group  were a ‘no –show’ at Tuesday night’s Parish Council meeting.

The Lib Dems -who campaign on a promise that they will ‘speak out’ and ‘stick up for our area’ – left the ‘sticking up’ and ‘speaking out’ on waste disposal matters solely to the Conservatives.

Eastleigh Council has proposed moving the busy Hampshire Waste Recycling Centre which is currently sited at Woodside Avenue to a site off Chestnut Avenue in order to redevelop the adjacent allotments for housing and the Conservative members were able to quiz Paul Ramshaw, Head of Regeneration and Planning Policy on the current status of the plans.

Many Velmore residents are concerned about the traffic, health and nuisance implications of a waste dump on their doorstep. However, neither of their two Parish councillors Paul Bicknell and Pete Luffman (Labour) were able to make the meeting nor was Alan Broadhurst the divisional County Councillor who is also a Parish Council member.

Unlike Borough or County Councillors, Parish Council members do not receive any pay for giving up  time to perform their parochial duties and several seats on Parish Councils within the Borough went uncontested in last year’s elections – however there had been fierce competition for seats on the newly created Chandler’s’ Ford Parish Council .

  10 comments for “Lib Dem group ‘no show’ at Parish Council

  1. Stephen Slominski
    May 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I didn’t go either – clashed with Britains got Talent!

    Although I should add I’m sure councillors all had valid reasons for turning up and were not just sat at home watching telly 🙄

  2. Peter Stewart
    May 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Actually there’s no core difference between “LibDems” and “Conservatives”.

    The labels are there for show and both “parties” are two sides of the same coin.

    Thus it is perfectly in order that some members of this LibDem-Conservative coalescence should attend this meeting, while others do not.

  3. Sam Snook
    May 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    WHAT FOCUS SAID!!!!!
    Darshan Mann has record of working in the
    community, is second to none.We then heard
    the County Council have failed to provide
    enough town centre school places Darshan
    will work for ACTION!!!Then we had Darshan
    Mann….the best choice to get ACTION for
    Eastleigh South. Does he know that councillors
    are elected to represent the local community?
    Sam Snook

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Cllr Mann doesn’t sit on Chandlers Ford PC yet…give it time.

  4. May 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I didn’t see any Conservatives (or UKIP/Labour)at the Recreation & Amenities meeting in Hedge End, held the same evening.

    So the Lib Dems and Conservatives actually seem to agree on something here.

    Parish Council meetings are only worth attending if your party has control of the Council…

  5. pianoman
    May 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I didn’t know there were any Torys/UKIP/Labour councillors on the Recreation & Amenities committee! Thought it was all LibDems.

    • May 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Sorry.Not quite clear there. You’re right. There aren’t any on the committee, but there’s nothing to stop Tories/UKIP/Labour from sitting in the public gallery, observing and asking the occasional awkward question…

      • pianoman
        May 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        You miss the point. Members of the public don’t have to apologise for not attending meetings and the political views of the public gallery is irrelevant. When I sit in the public gallery, my political views are my business not anybody elses. but elected councillors who have put themselves forward and been elected to represent people should turn up and be accountable when they don’t.

        • May 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

          I broadly agree Pianoman, though I wouldn’t say the political views of the public gallery are irrelevant.

          My point is that the wannabe Councillors from UKIP, Labour and Conservatives, could still turn up at these meetings and have an impact on what it is discussed and decided. They don’t actually have to be officially on the Council to be effective in opposition. Its perfectly possible for anybody to ask a question from the public gallery and put the elected Councillors on the spot. The question and answer would have to be minuted, so its a useful thing to do. Particularly when the Lib Dems have such a large majority and there is little or no opposition within the Council…

          But do UKIP, Labour and Tories actually do this…?

          I can only speak for Hedge End, but I’d say not as much as they should…

          • Peter Stewart
            May 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

            UKIP councillors take their duties seriously and are expected to attend EVERY meeting (except in special circumstances).

            If the public choose not to attend (whether UKIP, Labour or LibDem-Tory) then that is because they have a right trust their elected councillors to attend meetings and act on their behalf.

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