Colonelmustard - to give you hope and with reference to Dave the clerk's final sentence "If that makes no difference and you have elections scheduled for next May, find half a dozen people willing to stand and campaign for public support for a more efficient and accountable council." This approach does work. after 7 years as a councillor and dealing with a similar PC disregarding the Law, SOs and policies. I now belong to a PC which has gradually changed over the years, to one which has through patience and vision from new and very knowledgeable councillors who have integrity and endeavour to adhere to the Nolan principles. It began by talking to parishioners through facebook by informing people of the positive things which the PC does, gradually a discussion takes place and interested parties can be approached to become councillors. I would recommend talking to a few people as Dave the clerk suggests. It will take time but stick to your principles because the 'old guard' will protest and direct negative action towards you personally, but know your council's SO, policies and the Law. Good luck to you.