Without public scrutiny, they do what they want, not what they should.
Now it's easier with camcorder, camera and voice recorder.
Dear Chairman Drew
Hemingbrough Parish Council meeting 21 August 2014
Items 10 ‘Consider planning applications received and decide on advice to Selby Council’ is an official session of the Council’s meeting that can affect the social and financial circumstances of parishioners. It must be treated with the formality it deserves.
At last Thursday’s meeting under your Chairmanship it was a casual, slapdash, uncontrolled, noisy affair in which Parish Councillors and Clerk split into little groups for social chatter while plans were treated like pass-the-parcel objects and the level of noise in the meeting room prevented anyone in the public seats from hearing most of the comments from whichever splinter group had the plans in their possession.
If your visitors from Selby District Council and North Yorkshire Council cannot sit in their seats at the Council table for the less than 90 minutes of your meeting, and keep quiet during the planning session, then I suggest you ask them to leave before that Item begins.
Do District Councillors wander away from the Selby District Council table to natter with anyone in the public seats when they are bored? I think not.
In the neighbouring Parish of Barlby & Osgodby the same three visiting Councillors are required to sit in the public seats and speak only when invited to do so by the Chairman and obey the rules governing parishioners. Comparisons between your session and that of your neighbours are to your detriment.
For the sake of the parishioners at least it is your duty to maintain control so get a grip, please.