With regard to the Q&A, within your answer, (Clerk Gable):
"If you have a cooption at a normal face to face meeting and the only resident that turned up was the co-optee would you not go ahead with the co-option because no members of the public are present. The answer is no because the vote is between the councillors only, It does not have to take place in the public forum or indeed at a meeting."
My response is, that giving the public an opportunity to attend and the public then choosing not to attend (apart from the co-optee), is different to giving the public no choice at all and doing things in secret.
Also, if an individual shares similar views to someone else, no matter how many threads there are covering the same topic, it doesn't infer that they are 'related or in league with each other'!
This is an excellent forum with many questions asked, covering a wide variety of topics. Responses are given by people from various backgrounds with different levels of knowledge and experience, who may or may not know each other. It is a very useful resource, and I thank the many knowledgeable people on here for that.