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A year in the life of the “New” Conservatives on Burntwood Town Council

                                        2015

June
  • They waste no time in wasting £1,500 on rejoining the Staffordshire Parish Council’s Association that the Council had previously decided was “not value for money”.
  • Burntwood Town Council leader Cllr Richard Mosson said: “It is essential that the residents of Burntwood are able to come  and talk to us directly about any issues or concerns that may effect [sic] them.”  [See May 2016]
July

Titanic

  • The first of many changes to their representatives is proposed in a desperate attempt to find members up to the job on the committee their Leader appointed them to.

Deckchairs come to mind.

 

August
  • The New Conservatives “… confirmed that there was not an urgent rush” to progress the Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan.
September

Confidential

  • An email from the Conservative Leader of the Town Council reveals his plan to use the proposed “Town Deal” (see November) for party political purposes is accidentally sent to Labour Councillor Sue Woodward.

 

 

October
  • Burntwood’s New Conservatives (and their MP of course) stay silent over the £1.3 million cut in funding for vulnerable people in Lichfield and Burntwood.
November
  • The Town Council’s Leader admits playing Party Politics when his email is made public about the Town Deal.
December
  • The Town Council’s Leader says publicly that the Town Deal would be “a distraction” to the anger of his old Conservative colleagues at the District and County Councils who have worked with Labour representatives on the Town Council for some years.

Shed

  • A new shed is discovered at the Old Mining College purchased by the Town Council – the only new initiative used in response to a question from the Opposition Leader.
  • The Conservative Leader admits that they were “..  a little slow out of the blocks with the Neighbourhood Plan”.

 

                   2016

January
  • The Conservatives propose to change the name of the Old Mining College centre to The Burntwood Town Hall.

Chauffeur

  • At a cost of £500 Burntwood’s Conservatives force through the purchase of Badge of Office for the Chairman’s consort, apparently because he got mistaken for a chauffeur, at a civic event.
February

The Conservatives force through a 37% increase in Council Tax for Burntwood’s residents – although they had originally proposed a 60 % increase which Labour councillors had also challenged.

Following opposition by Labour Councillors and the public the Conservatives do a U turn and keep the old name of The Old Mining College.

March

RestartFor the first time in over a year the Town Council restarts consultation with the public on the Neighbourhood Plan.  “Back to the future” said one member of the public.

 

April

It is discovered by a visitor to the Old Mining College that the shed (see December) has mysteriously disappeared. Why, where too and at what cost is yet to be revealed.

To the relief of many old Conservatives the Leader resigns although his two deputies may remain.

May

“Burntwood  Town Hall”, sorry, “The Old Mining College”, is now reopened by the New Conservatives who engage the services of the Lichfield City Town Crier!  The MP has been sent a map so he can find Burntwood and attend the ceremony.

At the Annual Town Council meeting Conservatives admit to Labour’s Sue Woodward that they were not transparent in replacing Chasetown’s Old Mining College’s railings at a cost of almost £6000 and agree to consult next time on the expenditure of section 106 money. They are supposed to!

Conservatives stop advice surgeries after only 11 months after saying they were “essential” (see June ).   Labour representatives continue theirs (held 10 am – 11 am in the Library on the first Saturday in each month) as they have done since 1995.

 19.05.16

 

 

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Actions speak louder than bluster

In September last year our knowledgeable MP, Michael Fabricant discovered Food Hygiene Ratings.

He found that one of his favourite Indian Restaurants was rated just ONE star by Lichfield District Council’s Environmental Health Department. Mind you it could have been the Thai Rainbow Restaurant as he has got his Chinese Spring Rolls mixed up with his Indian Samosas – on camera.

He said: “Hygiene ratings should be visible with the scores being ideally placed in the restaurant window or door before you enter. Trip Advisor scores are often on display, but they don’t indicate the safety of the food being served. This has got to change.”

LDCciviclunchSo what did he do earlier this month? Join the Lichfield District Council’s Civic Lunch at the Old School House, Weeford. Did he ensure they put their Food Hygiene Rating on the door before he left? What do you think?

It is always worth checking out ratemyplace.org.uk before visiting – and you might be surprised how many low star hygiene rated restaurants are in Burntwood and Lichfield District.  Even our Leisure Centre has only three stars!  You can see the Inspection Reports on line.

 

Burntwood Town Council spends extra money to avoid chauffeurs: Lichfield District reducing theirs?

Burntwood Conservatives on the Town Council voted to spend over £500 on a civic chain for the Chairman’s consort – so he didn’t get mixed up with the chauffeurs!

Next week Lichfield District Conservative Cabinet are due to make a decision on their chauffeur and civic car and things like lunches.

Labour councillors had persuaded Lichfield District Council to issue a questionnaire during May and June 2014 to find out what residents thought about council services.  Almost 90 per cent of respondents to the suggestion, to save money: “Stop having a Chairman’s car and driver” said “yes”.

A report to the Cabinet recommends that the Civic Duties Allowance be reduced from £6,490 to £3250 but that the annual £16,830 chauffeur and car bill only be reduced by about £3000.

It is a reasoned report but possibly purchasing a diesel car is not good news and possibly contradicts their state procurement policy.

28.03.16

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Burntwood Town Council – but not as we know it

Since the Conservatives won control of the Town Council last May controversy and U turns have followed.

60percent was the increase in Council Tax proposed in January by the Conservative Leadership, Councillor Mosson and his two – yes two – deputies (the district and county council’s only have one each) but Labour’s questioning has almost halved it to (only) a 33% increase for council taxpayers!

Astonishingly the budget meeting itself was moved just to suit the Leader who couldn’t make it and presumably couldn’t trust his two deputies to , er, deputise for him!

And now the Old Mining College fiasco.

Chasetown Mining College was renamed The Old Mining College in 1998 when it was converted by the County Council into a community resource centre.  It was renamed but they did keep the “Mining College” part.

OMCAt the Town Council meeting on the 28th of January the Conservatives proposed to change it to “The Town Hall” – not even Burntwood Parish Hall or anything but plain old “The Town Hall” – giving the impression there aren’t any others in the country.

Labour objected to this and now it looks like they are backtracking although we would advise you to sign the petition to keep the old name just in case.

Even the daughter of one of the leading Conservative members has publicly objected to it  and must surely have been distraught to see it being proposed!

17.02.16

 

 

 

 

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