How Is Your Parish Council Reporting During Coronavirus Lockdown?

Down at the old Cock & Bull, aka cash-rich Aughton Parish Council, a quick visit to the website to check minutes shows January, February, and March 2020.

Thereafter it shows;

“THE NEXT MEETING OF AUGHTON PARISH COUNCIL WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, 24 AUGUST 2020, AT AUGHTON VILLAGE HALL ANNEXE, COMMENCING AT 3pm TO CONSIDER AND APPROVE THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020 AND THE SIGNING OF MINUTES OF MEETINGS WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED AND APPROVED AS “A CORRECT RECORD BY ELECTRONIC OR TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION. Clerk to the Council 20 August 2020. MINUTES OF FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD 17 MARCH 2020 – (in view of the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic, all members were invited to attend – in attendance were Councillors Jones, Mercer, Pendleton, Roberts, Greene, Mrs Boulton with apologies tendered from Councillors Waugh, Mills and Ms Woolgar) – previously considered and approved as a correct record by electronic or telephone communication – for signature”.

“In accordance with the Provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Local Authorities and Police & Crime Panels (coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police & Crime Panel Members) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, the next Meeting of Aughton Parish Council will take place on Tuesday, 1 December 2020, commencing at 7.30pm BY ZOOM CONFERENCING. Until ‘face to face’ public meetings resume, only urgent matters of business will be discussed. If members of the public wish to raise any comments on any of the Agenda Items only, please e-mail the Parish Clerk in advance of the meeting – LATEST 4pm, 30 November 2020. Clerk to the Council 25 November 2020”.

No information is provided on crime.

 So we looked it up, just for one month. Crime is up 79% compared to this time last year. 39 crimes reported in November 2019. 70 crimes reported in November 2020, including Anti-social behaviour, 35.71% (25); Violence and sexual offences 18.57%; (13); Burglary 12.86% (9); Vehicle crime 10% (7). You’d think parishioners might receive this information as a matter of urgency?

Did we mention cash rich?

And CIL rich?

Could do better at informing the public, especially about local crime? Well, couldn’t do worse!

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