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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In an ironic, some may say crawl twist of fate Melbourn parish council before its demise won a National award. They were voted Council of the Month August 2016. No not a spoof or dreamt up by a resident of the village, the accolade was given to them by CPALC an advisory group to Communities,… Read More

“Blown out of all proportion – how ridiculous”, is in an unfortunate comment made under ‘A new beginning?’ … and what a contradiction of words! There are a number of comments under ‘A new beginning!’, regarding an incident that took place in the Hub on Wednesday 3 August. In brief, the victim at the centre… Read More

Just a brief update with regards the parish council. As of this morning three more parish councillors resigned. It is important to stress that not all the councillors that have resigned were party to the problems that have plagued the council, some fought very hard to put things right. In resigning they hopefully will bring… Read More

For those who are not already ‘in the know’, four parish councillors resigned on Monday 1 August. The chairman Cllr Tulloch, Cllr Crosby, Cllr Bloomfield and Cllr Linnette. I take no pleasure from this news, because it should never have got this far. All that was required was the releasing of the grievance document and… Read More

‘The’ Audio Recording Click on the link below to listen to the Full council meeting held on Monday 25th July 2016.     The full council meeting held on Monday 25th July at the Village Collage was well attended with an estimated audience of around 150. A good number of ‘well-established’ residents from Melbourn attended… Read More