The Pigeon watches and wonders
Isnâ€™t it warming to know that the Parish Council is there?
The councillors are â€˜Always pleased to hear from you on the variety
Thatâ€™s called democracy.
One question is though:
How do the PC know the views of the majority before making their
Someone will no doubt dream up an answer under the â€œHow do they do
The quality of lifeâ€™ factor for most people is managing to survive
The total attendance at the monthly PC meetings are normally in
It maybe that the total cost of all these layers of talkers, if
It's those being done â€˜goodâ€™ for who are paying for it, as we
It all comes from tax in one form or another and it's probable that
The Pigeon watches and wonders
The information era goes awry and
News reaches the Pigeon of a minor confrontation between the parish council and two members of the public.
It seems that the two people concerned, one being a council member no less, have been trying for months to find out certain detail about the councilâ€™s business relating to an aspect of finance.
Numerous requests were allegedly ducked until a certain weapon called 'The Freedom of Information Act' was waived under the councilâ€™s nose.
An appointment was immediately made for the said two residents to attend at the partnership offices to be shown the sought 'secrets'.
The intrepid duo were met by two councillors and the clerk with files available to see and make note of. All revealed and curiosity satisfied.
Logic and democracy prevails at last.
But then, the civilised occasion was completely spoiled by the clerk
allegedly saying: "I now have the pleasure of escorting you from the
Flying low in the snow, I hear a groan and moan
There is the monthly display of rancour in the Palace of Varieties
with diminishing audiences. There is the football field but thatâ€™s
there because the District Council said it had to be. There must be
something else but try and find it to match the money it costs us
all. Oh yes! There is the soon to be sale of the Leisuredrome. That
cost a lot to achieve against the wishes of many.
The Fun Day grabs the headlines. What happens if it rains? Self
gratification also prevails at great cost. Who cares? As Lazarus
pointed out here recently only about 1.3% bothered to vote for new
members for this year. Should be a message there.
We all pay for this bungling
Result: One contractor spiked and sanded the ground and the new one
came in and rolled it negating the work of the first one. We all pay
for this bungling.
Purge on Pigeons by parish council
Flying over Hawkinge I canâ€™t resist a look and a listen to whatâ€™s being spoken about these days.
What about that ruck between the Parish Councillors not all being invited to the opening of a new road. Wow! But why would anybody want to go anyway?
Surely the two most important people; the Chair and his Vice were sufficient and they are newcomers seeking awareness of what goes on hereabouts; or was there free grub and wine on offer afterwards that was missed. The â€˜Eastâ€™ and â€˜Westâ€™road signs suggest the scenes from West Side Story. Will there now be gang warfare and a new musical about the divided village? How about the â€˜Great Divide' as a title or has that already been done.
Then thereâ€™s the missing out by the Hawkinge Primary school who werenâ€™t invited to the big event.
Was it just for the west-siders then? Probably glad they did miss it. Watching the grass grow and working at school, much more exciting. They should have a matched one thousand pound donation though - for staying away if an excuse is needed.
That was unfair giving it to one and not the other, but what about Selsted School; another thousand there or else I will keep flying over the builders cars and you know the result of that.
I see that the Spitfire Leisuredrome is to be placed for the THIRD time before the wise men of Shepway District Council to ask permission to knock it down. That will bring out the objectors trying to use the building for the many young people of the West Side until a new building is provided. Seems reasonable.
The mob at Whitehall recently were presented with a very comprehensive report which concluded again, that most of the problems caused by an element of youngsters these days; the stabbing incidents and such like for example, start because of societyâ€™s disinterest in providing facilities and places for them to meet away from the dreaded older 'than them' generation.
There are a lot of young people on that side of the village who may reasonably expect that something be done for them. Iâ€™m told that at present many of â€˜em are into basketball but often have to use the hall at Selsted school.
Come on Parish Council play the game or I will target your cars as well for a visit in the most friendly of ways of course.
Thinking about the massive profits being made by the developers it doesnâ€™t seem unreasonable to expect that they could lend a bit of support to the cause of supporting the young people who live in the houses they built. Such help would cost very little in size of their scheme of things.
That Blastard Pigeon took a look
Hawkinge Palace of Varieties
Strutting joyfully and gay between and around the legs of
our esteemed Parish Councillors I nonchalantly pretend to be looking for treats
as dropped items of their succulent and exotic menu whilst listening to gossip
about our intended Parish future.
A moment of this better for my digestion than months of that stuff as used to be given by tourists in that square place with a statue in London amongst the droppings from whence I came.
So what is being said then, you ask?
A new Council having to take on all that has been approved by the last one. Two new members with ambition galore. One of each of the sexes. Will that make a difference, its asked.
The female, a lady already affectionately known as â€˜Jimmyâ€™ (Mrs James) , of immense talent and many concerns about the past and the future. Not giving much away but must be laughing at being asked to be Vice Chairman. Its said she will see through the purpose of that one. She is presently recovering from jet lag but no doubt in training for the constructive long battle ahead.
The male, is also known to be a little concerned with the past; to say the least. A wise elderly Gentleman known for views of logic and hating waste. now asking questions with a long list having been given already to the new Clerk. Not much passes him it would seem.
Amongst the discussions generally; at the top of the list is the position of the new Clerk who spends some of her working hours in the Partnership Office and the rest working from home. Bit unusual that, whilst some wonder who approved it. The post should perhaps, be at home on a part time basis or at the office full time other than when attending meetings and such like, as with all other such post holders in such employment.
Also asked: why does Hawkinge suddenly need a full time Clerk. Nothing has changed since the last one who was part time. Perhaps increase the hours a bit. How much is all this needlessly costing the residents, it may well be wondered.
The new Clerk is considered a very able lady and already improving administration systems to ensure compliance with correct procedure as becoming such a body with potential to spend our money unwisely if not kept in line and in compliance with accepted policy and procedure. It is hoped the new members will also be ensuring that.
One other item causing an exhalation of hot air being concern with the decision of the last lot to make a rather large payment to the previous Clerk when she retired. A decision perhaps correctly made but illogical when there are so many more other needs for such an amount of money which could have been used for the benefit of the residents who had the money taken from then in the first place through the rates they pay by a system jokingly known as â€˜Demanding money with menacesâ€™
There are other matters being discussed of fascinating interest but to reveal them all might spoil the entertainment for those who attend in the audience. You will have to wait and see.
One hint though: the sale of the Leisuredrome is again on the Agenda probably meaning a lot of objections by being the only indoor place for the youth to play sport which it is hoped will be retained. Its said that big audiences may be expected for what could become the Hawkinge Palace of Varieties in the future with improved attendance. Seats may have to be by invitation only. Efforts are said to be in hand to improve the acoustics. A microphone system has been suggested which would, at least, improve audibility when all of them are talking at once as only the one, with the microphone, will be heard. (Guess who that will be).
Another suggestion having been given is that the Councillors tables be more logically arranged so that they can be heard from the public area without deafening each other.
In the mean time two of our elected Members are awaiting â€˜Trialâ€™ for alleged offences leading to report to the dreaded Standards Board. Bit unfair on them, having to wait so long for the investigation. Wonder why that is?
Promising times ahead for the those who give of their time so generously and for those who watch and wonder.
The Pigeon watched the happenings whilst flying over. The dust has settled, supporters and candidates now recovering from walking miles to give messages of their intended policies and what they would do if we voted for them. Trees cut down to make all the paper to give us the detail of their purpose and that to place our crosses on, now probably being replaced by new ones being planted and what have we got after the four yearly scramble to represent us.
At District level, three brand new shiny councillors made in the image of â€˜call me Daveâ€™: No, not the Dolphin; that chap who claims to like hugging young people wearing a top with an attached hat called â€˜hoodiesâ€™ whilst always appearing tie less. Not very Conservative that.
Our three previous representatives tossed aside without a thought so as to follow the usual â€˜your turn Claudeâ€™ alternating system that seems to happen every four years.
Now the Parish Council: nine to choose from 10 standing, including just two new potential members.
Possibly the biggest surprise was that Cyril Trice was the one to come last past the post.
Cyril was probably the hardest working member over the last four years. We have him to thank for the progress in the provision of football hereabouts. He never stopped working for the village and Iâ€™m sure he will remain involved in some way.
The two new members Jean James and Tony Hutt will probably make a big difference.
Both have been critical of some previous happenings and are very committed to providing sporting facilities for the youngsters in the area which are sadly missing at the moment other than, predominately, football.
A very interesting time ahead. May bring back the crowds to cheer and boo proceedings.
A business principle of business philosophy: Could it be adapted to benefit our new, to be elected, Parish Council ?
PURPOSE: DISTRIBUTED RESPONSIBILITY
(NOT JUST A FEW TAKING CONTROL)
HIERARCHICAL: At the end of the day: Just one brain working.
CONSENSUAL: Zero brains working.
DISTRIBUTED RESPONSIBILITY: All brains working.
WE CAN HOPE
Could this be the first split between the â€˜INDEPENDENTSâ€™?
The brand new party standing for District Council elections in our ward: North Downs East. The Pigeon sitting high on the rafters of the Hawkinge Partnership building, observes a spat between two of the Candidates standing in the May elections as â€˜Independentsâ€™ wondering how they can be named as such when they all are â€˜Independentâ€™. Presumably including of each other. Bit of a contradiction in terms perhaps.
If they cannot agree amongst themselves before the elections what should the voters expect to happen afterwards.
Back to the Spat: It appears that Cllr. Peter Smith is using the photo copier in the Partnership building to produce his campaign leaflets. Fair enough you may think. The facilities in the building are for use by the community of which Mr Smith is one.
Then, in comes his fellow District and Parish Councillor and prospective fellow â€˜Independentâ€™ party member David Callahan and espies whatâ€™s happening. No, no. no. Thinks he. This, surely, cannot be acceptable. Bulk printing on the Partnershipâ€™s property of which I am a Board Member; bit much that, using our equipment.
The Pigeon heard mutterings including Mr Smith saying he was paying for the materials used.
The result: Mr Callahan has written to the Partnership to complain.
A list of questions ensuing from the noble Partnership Board Member. The Partnership Manager now has to account for allowing her office and public facilities to be used for â€˜Political Purposesâ€™. Oh dear! thinks the Pigeon this could get nasty. Isnâ€™t politics part of the scene of things that the Partnership may help with ?
Lets hope the Partnership Board, if they consider the matter, see that the residents will benefit from a flow of information by whatever means, before the election, and let common sense prevail. Communication is all at this pre election time. Surely the Partnership cannot object to that.