I recently failed to re-apply for Councillor election after endless battles with the inner sanctum and the our clerks. However, one of our last tasks was to confirm a £20K project and I sought to clarify the power to be used and the clerk advised she had consulted with our local NALC affiliated association and waved an LTN at me . I then constructed a polite note to their Chief Officer and laid out all the information of the case and asked her to comment/reconsider. She replied as follows.
I don't mean to be rude, but I don't know why you feel the need to share your personal opinion on a council project with me? I also don't understand why you are arguing at all.
The council wants to support this initiative and we are all agreed that the council has the authority to do it and so what is there to argue about? Which power to use is the responsibility of the Clerk and so you need to stop wasting everyone's time and trying their patience and just let her do the job she is more than capable of and paid to do.
I am appalled at her response and it confirms why I hate the culture which exists and confirms my opinion of the value of of our local association (£1000 pa)
Sadly, all the new Councillors are now begging me to apply for co-option . Decisions. decisions . Is it worth all the hassle?