Nailsworth Town Council torn over sub-committee dispute

Stroud News and Journal: Nailsworth Town Council torn over sub-committee dispute Nailsworth Town Council torn over sub-committee dispute

NAILSWORTH Town Council was divided by plans to re-introduce sub-committee meetings during a heated debate on Tuesday, May 20.

They discussed the practicalities of the devolved committee system against discussing such issues as a full council.

After a six month trial period, members voted five to four to bring back two sub-committees, one for recreation and amenities and one for environment.

Councillor Jonathan Duckworth, who was re-elected as deputy mayor at the meeting, was one of those in favour of abolishing the sub-committees.

He argued the committees involved too much time and that it was more convenient to meet as a whole council.

An argument then broke out with several members reluctant to sit on the committees, which led to Councillor Sally Thorpe threatening to leave the meeting.

“I have never been so angry in all my life,” she said.

“We have democratically passed this through, I feel flabbergasted that some councillors are refusing. How do people feel they are serving their ward if they won’t sit on committees?”

In the end, two sub-committees, with three-members each, were formed.

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10:12am Fri 30 May 14

wewillfixit says...

Two sub-committees with 3 people on each? I suspect that a great many residents would feel better served by NTC discussing Nailsworth matters rather than throwing tantrums and threatening to take their ball home. I certainly won't be served well by councillors threatening to leave meetings over, what appears to me, squabbles over job titles.

How many councillors are there on NTC anyway?

Do these-sub-committees report back to the full council for further discussion? That would be the icing on the cake.
Two sub-committees with 3 people on each? I suspect that a great many residents would feel better served by NTC discussing Nailsworth matters rather than throwing tantrums and threatening to take their ball home. I certainly won't be served well by councillors threatening to leave meetings over, what appears to me, squabbles over job titles. How many councillors are there on NTC anyway? Do these-sub-committees report back to the full council for further discussion? That would be the icing on the cake. wewillfixit
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10:48pm Fri 30 May 14

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

11 councillors, I believe. Not even sure Nailsworth has wards, so no idea what Sally Thorpe is talking about there. Is she interested in what the people of Nailsworth want or is having sub-committees more important?
11 councillors, I believe. Not even sure Nailsworth has wards, so no idea what Sally Thorpe is talking about there. Is she interested in what the people of Nailsworth want or is having sub-committees more important? TigerTigerBurningBright
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