Anston Wars Episode 5: Thornton Strikes Back!

Not content to weather the storm from the assorted Muppets, Victor Meldrews and Ronald Weasley lookalikes on Anston Parish Council, Councillor Stuart Thornton has struck back with this statement at the recent finance meeting as reported by our correspondent Special Agent Crumpet.

“At the meeting of full Council dated 20 May 2013, Cllr Beck moved a motion to censure me.
Further, Cllr Stonebridge moved a motion to remove me from all Committees and stopped me from representing the Parish Council on outside bodies.  This motions was moved as a direct commection to the censure motion by Cllr Beck.
It has come to my attention that Cllr Beck acted alone in his actions in seeking legal advice from the YLCA, this is contrary to the Local Government  Act 1972.  Further, once he obtained that advice he chose to only share that information with members of the Labour Party who in my opinion then used that information to disadvantage a fellow councillor for personal gain.
This incident is now in the hands of my solicitor.
I believe that Cllr Beck had no authority to act as he did, nor does he have the authority to censure me over Code of Conduct issues.
I regard the censure moction invalid and thus in turn the removal from committees is also invalid.
I shall continue to attend all committee meetings as previously stated on the list of committees.  I shall continue to represent the parish council on the outside bodies I previously attended.
If I am stopped from attending any committee meeting, I will deem it the responsibility of the committee chairman for my non attendance and will seek further advice from my solicitor with a view to taking action against the individual.”

Say what you like about him, he’s got some big cahoonas, we like his style.

6 thoughts on “Anston Wars Episode 5: Thornton Strikes Back!

  1. E P Barnes

    Well done Cllr Thornton.
    As I said in my letter to the Guardian, when you came to the APC you had always done your homework. No wonder they had their heads down at the last meeting. Again well done Stuart!
    Ex-Councillor Barnes (a Labour Party Member)

  2. Colin Tawn

    Cllr.Beck overstepped his authority in pursuit of a personal vendetta against Cllr.Thornton and as a result of his (Cllr.Beck) actions he has exposed the Labour party members of Anston PC to serious charges. I would point out that neither Anston PC or RMBC will or can pay for legal representation for Labour party councillors who could face censure or a legal challenge because this episode was conducted outside normal parish business.
    What goes around comes around.

  3. Tim Anston.

    I was actually at the meeting when a fracas happened. I suspect I wasn’t party to all that was going off that night, but it did appear that certain Labour agitators had been brought in and things were not all they appeared on the surface. I do have concerns that while we have a them and us attitude that Anston is losing out. Until the re election of a new ward councillor in 2014, I don’t see much hope for Anston PC. I would support the election of an Independent councillor who will push for Anston having a heart to the village and services we have been denied since the disbandment of the Kiveton rural district. I won’t attend any further Parish meetings while things carry on this way, it is a total waste of time.

      1. Tim Wells

        I totally agree that we need to bring back the Kiveton district, it is now far more heavily populated than in 1975. Have you been to the old rural district depot at Kiveton, where the travellers camp will be based, I understand there are some interesting buildings there. Kiveton rural district was the cash richest part of the RMBC borough when they were taken over, they left us with a good legacy that RMBC trashed. I am vying with the idea of standing against Jo Burton, but need a bigger cross section of the public of Anston to agree with my ideas, of a village heart, travel via train to Sheffield and a new free Comprehensive school for the village.

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