Chairman offers to pay for meeting following protocol row

Alan Turner

Alan Turner

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A TOWN council chairman offered to pay for the cost of a public meeting, following concerns raised that the correct procedure was not followed.

At last month's Princes Risborough Town Council meeting councillors discussed the protocol of arranging a public meeting.

The discussion was prompted after a public meeting was held on June 20 to discuss planning applications in Monks Risborough, but although advertised as being called by the town council, some councillors did not know about it.

At this week's town council meeting last night Cllr Alan Turner said he would pay the £25 cost of holding the meeting, as he called it due to a promise he made to residents some years ago.

But other councillors objected to this, as they said it was not his responsibility to pay.

The clerk, Susan Griffiths, said there was a budget in the council's finances to hold the meeting, and the finance committee had since agreed to pay for the meeting on June 20.

She said: "There are two types of meeting- town council meetings and town meetings.

"That wasn't a town council meeting, as there was no agenda and no clerk. I was there in the audience but not as part of the meeting.

"Anyone can hold or call a meeting."

She said the confusion arose as it was advertised as being hosted by the town council and the correct procedure wasn't followed.

Mrs Griffiths said in future if a councillor wants to hold a meeting, they need to go to the PR committee or hold a extraordinary meeting to get agreement, as there are costs involved.

Cllr Bill Bendyshe-Brown asked: "Who will pay for this, if it is not legal?" to which Cllr Turner responded: "I will pay for it, we are talking about something like £25."

Cllr Gary Hall said no one should pay for it as there was genuine public concern, and said it was legal as no one broke the law and police didn't attend.

Mrs Griffiths said no laws were broken as it was a town meeting, and not a town council meeting.

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1:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Whiteleaf says...

These councillor a really are a complete waste of time. They can't even arrange a bleeding meeting! There must be some better people in the town to run the council.
These councillor a really are a complete waste of time. They can't even arrange a bleeding meeting! There must be some better people in the town to run the council. Whiteleaf
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5:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

miccles says...

This is why Princes Risborough always gets congested, these are the people who thought it would be a good idea to close the High Street and make the cycle lane go in the opposite direction to the traffic, surprised no one has been killed with that dangerous idea.
This is why Princes Risborough always gets congested, these are the people who thought it would be a good idea to close the High Street and make the cycle lane go in the opposite direction to the traffic, surprised no one has been killed with that dangerous idea. miccles
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10:55am Thu 31 Jul 14

Darren Hayday says...

Whiteleaf wrote:
These councillor a really are a complete waste of time. They can't even arrange a bleeding meeting! There must be some better people in the town to run the council.
Why don't you step up instead of moaning?
[quote][p][bold]Whiteleaf[/bold] wrote: These councillor a really are a complete waste of time. They can't even arrange a bleeding meeting! There must be some better people in the town to run the council.[/p][/quote]Why don't you step up instead of moaning? Darren Hayday
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mistamina says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
Whiteleaf wrote:
These councillor a really are a complete waste of time. They can't even arrange a bleeding meeting! There must be some better people in the town to run the council.
Why don't you step up instead of moaning?
Darren, it is unlike you to be snappy.
Please realise the BFP blog is the only place in Bucks, where ordinary people can express their opinions and frustrations.
You are equally experienced in the frustrations created by Bucks Local Government structures.
And remember, we read your comments with interest and interact, as you and i have done in the past.
Talk with us gently my friend, here we are not in the dogma & testosterone fueled rough and tumble of Council-Debating-Cha
mber.
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Whiteleaf[/bold] wrote: These councillor a really are a complete waste of time. They can't even arrange a bleeding meeting! There must be some better people in the town to run the council.[/p][/quote]Why don't you step up instead of moaning?[/p][/quote]Darren, it is unlike you to be snappy. Please realise the BFP blog is the only place in Bucks, where ordinary people can express their opinions and frustrations. You are equally experienced in the frustrations created by Bucks Local Government structures. And remember, we read your comments with interest and interact, as you and i have done in the past. Talk with us gently my friend, here we are not in the dogma & testosterone fueled rough and tumble of Council-Debating-Cha mber. mistamina
  • Score: 1

11:45am Fri 1 Aug 14

Risborough 14 says...

miccles wrote:
This is why Princes Risborough always gets congested, these are the people who thought it would be a good idea to close the High Street and make the cycle lane go in the opposite direction to the traffic, surprised no one has been killed with that dangerous idea.
Broken record ....stop moaning and put your name forward
[quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: This is why Princes Risborough always gets congested, these are the people who thought it would be a good idea to close the High Street and make the cycle lane go in the opposite direction to the traffic, surprised no one has been killed with that dangerous idea.[/p][/quote]Broken record ....stop moaning and put your name forward Risborough 14
  • Score: -1

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