ST BRIAVELS PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING HELD IN ST BRIAVELS ASSEMBLY ROOMS

ON 1 DECEMBER 2014 AT 1930

[These minutes remain in draft form until approved at a subsequent meeting of the Council]

PRESENT

Cllrs Carss (Chairman), Chivers, Bird, McFarling, Rees, Bensted & Thomas

2 members of the public from 1945

250       APOLOGIES

Apologies were received from Cllr Joyce and accepted by the meeting.

 

251       DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

None

 

252       DISPENSATIONS         

None

 

253       MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 10 NOVEMBER 2014

It was resolved that the minutes be approved subject to the following amendment to the actions table and they were signed by the Chairman:

Replace ‘[surname]’ with Neale in the last line of the Actions Table.

 

254       APPOINTMENT OF MR R CRIGHTON AS LOCUM CLERK

254.1    Cllr Carss explained that adverts for the job of clerk and RFO had been published inviting applications by 5 January 2015.  Applicants will be shortlisted with recommendations being reported to the meeting on 12 January 2015 and interviews to take place during week commencing 19 January 2015.

 

254.2    An informal approach had been made to Mr Crighton and he had indicated that he would be willing to act as locum clerk until such time as the new clerk has been appointed and to act as a mentor for the new clerk, if required.

 

254.3    It was agreed that Cllr Rees will manage the cemetery until the new clerk is appointed.

 

254.4    Cllr Thomas raised concerns about the time taken for the extraordinary meeting to be called as the clerk had given her notice on 10 November 2014.  Cllr Carss explained that the delay was due to the clerk having subsequently asked for more time to consider her position and that notice was not actually confirmed until 18 November.

 

254.5    Cllr Thomas asserted that this matter had been predetermined.  It was explained that there was no predetermination as no decisions had been made, only an informal approach to Mr Crighton to see whether he would be willing to act as locum clerk, should the Parish Council wish to appoint him.

 

254.6    Cllr Thomas accused Cllr McFarling of having called the previous clerk his personal secretary.  This was denied by Cllr McFarling and Cllr Thomas then called him a liar.

 

254.7    Cllr Carss asked Cllr Thomas if he would repeat the allegations which he made when he visited Cllr Carss on 23 November.  Cllr Thomas denied having made any allegations and accused Cllr Carss of lying.  Cllr Carss stated that Cllr Thomas had been rude and aggressive when he had visited him on 23 November.  Cllr Thomas accused Cllr Carss of lying and objected to the process and the proposal to appoint Mr Crighton as locum clerk.

 

254.8    Cllr Thomas raised concern about the cost of employing a locum clerk and mentoring once a new clerk had been appointed.  Cllr Chivers agreed with Cllr Thomas that if it was possible to appoint an experienced clerk then mentoring would not be required.  Cllr Carss confirmed that this had always been the intention.

 

254.9    It was resolved to appoint Mr Crighton to act as a locum clerk until such time as a new clerk had been appointed and to provide such mentoring for the new clerk as may be required, depending on previous experience.  FOR:  Cllrs Carss, Chivers, Bird, Rees, McFarling, Bensted    AGAINST: Cllr Thomas.

 

255       PUBLIC COMMENT

None

 

The meeting closed at 2006.