Firstly need to apologise for this... but I'm very confused with the situation and the advice being given by both our Proper Officer and our local NALC team and I need some guidance.
We are currently struggling with the performance and attitude of our current Chair to the council, which is being supported by our Clerk.
As with a lot of councils we did not have an AGM in May due to Covid-19, however, this is now coming back to haunt us. Our current Chair has taken this as a licence to do what they believe the council needs but more worryingly they are using it make sure the Council achieve nothing of worth to the town and it's residents. Don't get me wrong community events are important but so are the major regeneration projects that Town Councils are the main drivers on. As a council we have slipped into a world where the current Chair can take centre stage at organising Christmas cards, making poppies, etc. rather than supporting the council to make a change to what is available in the town and help community groups to develop.
Recently this came to a head when a number of councillors resigned (we have not seen the resignation letters as both Chair and Clerk believe it is not in our best interests and would be a breach of Member code of conduct - these have been asked for but dismissed.) As a result a councillor called for a vote of no confidence, this was responded to by the Chair with statements from the Clerk. The underlying message was that this had not been done correctly as it had not been seconded, surely this should not be the case as a vote of confidence doesn't necessarily have to come from more than one councillor as it is not in the Standing Orders. Following this and after taking advice from NALC, a call for an AGM was made. After much ignoring of this, the Chair used her Executive powers at an Ordinary meeting to discuss this at the end of the meeting. This was not brought up at the beginning of the meeting and was a surprise to all, the Chair then stated that she did not have the authority to call an AGM and asked councillors to vote on whether an AGM should take place... the Proper Office allowed this to go ahead. Is this correct and will the calling of an AGM by two members now be possible?
I need advice as I can no longer be complicit in this underlying negative factor in the running of the council.
So many questions... so little time - any help appreciated... I'm worried that this will extend into 2021/ 22 if no elections are called in May 2021. Help!