So, the poll has closed, Much Wenlock has given its verdict, and we have two new Town Councillors. They will be signing their papers shortly, which means they'll be able to take part in the Town Council meeting on 17th May. The result is shown below: So, congratulations to Kate and Daniel and well … Continue reading Positive change can happen with positive communication – new Town Councillors
The minutes of Much Wenlock Town Council's Finance and Resources Management Committee meetings for January and February 2018 have just been published. Of interest to some will be the reversal of decisions taken at consecutive meetings - about a tenant's dog, the Corn Exchange market table plan and the Town Clerk's pay review. To reverse a decision, the Town … Continue reading A clear conflict of interest, a flagrant breach, and a questionable outcome
Much Wenlock's mayor-making, or the Annual Town Council meeting (not to be confused with the easily-confused Annual Town Meeting), is usually held in the first fortnight in May. This is the formal meeting where the mayor for the "ensuing year" (the next twelve months) is elected by Town Councillors from their number, along with the … Continue reading Mayor-making demystified
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” So said Abraham Lincoln, 160 years ago. Maybe the Town Council's left hand doesn't know what the Town Council's right hand is … Continue reading “You can fool all the people some of the time…”
Much Wenlock Town Council's Finance & Resources Management Committee meeting agenda for 24th April concludes with item 16 on the agenda - "To consider and approve how to deal with the Town Clerk’s untaken annual leave for 2017/2018". Presumably the Clerk hasn't been denied leave by the Town Council over the past twelve months so … Continue reading Leave in the lurch
It's revealing to read the Responsible Financial Officer's (i.e. the Town Clerk's) explanation of significant variances to budget in the Town Council's expenditure over the past year. This is in preparation for its Finance & Resources Management Committee meeting to be held on 24th April. Subscriptions Although within budget, £1,900 on subscriptions seems excessive for the … Continue reading Revealing, confusing, interesting and astonishing – how your Town Council is spending your money
There is a by-election for two vacant seats on Much Wenlock Town Council, with the poll to be held on Thursday 10th May. Much Wenlock, along with many other local councils, has not attracted sufficient interest at elections for there to be a contest too often. 2007 was the last time that fixed-term elections drew … Continue reading An exciting by-election?