The Nolan Principles

Selflessness – Integrity – Objectivity – Accountability – Openness – Honesty – Leadership

“Parish councils, we all know, are hotbeds of intrigue, corruption and passion. Those who sit on them, a colourful mixture of oddballs, bullies and idiots.”

It would be unfair to characterise all those who give up their free time to serve on a Parish or Town council as ‘corrupt, bullies or idiots’. Over the years councillors have made a significant contribution to their parish, as a result of a great deal of hard work and dedication and they deserve the thanks and admiration of their parish. Given that there over 10,000 councils and around 80,000 councillors, there will always be some who work to a different agenda than that of their colleagues. It is these councillors who have allowed the name ‘parish council’ and in particular ‘parish councillor’ to be held in such low esteem by the public. But what is important is that many councils and councillors fail to uphold the very principles they agreed to uphold – The Nolan Principles.

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So where are we with these questions – nowhere YET The Monday Parish Council meeting was shambolic – disgraceful, underhanded, manipulative, dishonest and even deceitful – just some of the comments used by residents who attended. Over 40 people including two members of the press turned up to hear what the council had to say… Read More

Melbourn Parish Council meeting Monday 27th June 2016 As an outline to these questions, it is known within the village that an important document had been produced and that this document relates to a number of very serious complaints concerning the conduct of Melbourn Parish Council and that of a councillor. It is also known… Read More