Our Clerk (and RFO), for some time have complained about the amount of work they have to get through each month.
Bearing in mind that we are an understaffed small council (we are allowed up to 9 councillors, we currently only have six), and that between the Clerk and the RFO (they are partners) are on 42 hours per month, the general consensus is that they are not being set too much work
The latest approach that Clerk and RFO have made to the councillors is that they “work for the council, not the individual councillors“, and as such, will not enter into email correspondence or other comms during the month with individual councillors, other than for the suggesting of items for the next agenda,
We have essentially been told by the Clerk and the RFO that if there are matters that we wish to discuss or have investigated or even air, then these must all be brought to the parish council meeting and discussed on the ‘Councillors Reports’ reports part of that meeting.
Does this sound correct to you ? It strikes me as being obstructionist, and incredibly limiting on a councillors ability to react to situations as they develop through the month.
Plus, if they are really worried about their work load, it seems muddleheaded at the very least to me to instead of have possibly a steady flow of work, to just have an avalanche of it on one Wednesday evening, every month.
The cynic in me can’t help thinking that this is just a ploy to lever ever more paid hours out of our council coffers…
Thank yiu in advance for your input