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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Case Reference Number FSS0652431 Well we finally have a response from the ICO, and their document (see below) makes for an interesting read, but ‘for now’ we don’t get to read the document. Before the person behind all the troubles that beset the village of Melbourn gets excited by the results, let’s make it very… Read More

An update to the grievance report A case officer from the ICO is now investigating the request for the report to be released and the reasons behind the Parish Councils refusal to do so. This brings us much closer to the end of this sorry state of affairs. Why is the release of this document… Read More

Final decision made by the Tribunal Court on the Grievance Report… ‘Melbourn Parish Council must disclose the undated report of the grievance hearing’ Those followers of this strange saga which began in June 2016 must by now have assumed that this whole sorry episode had died a death. And rightly so, given the last Post… Read More

Yes, I know we’ve heard it all before, but … “I find it appalling that our elected officials are prepared to commit acts of abuse and then happily lie to cover their tracks, I find it equally disturbing that other councillors are happy to support them by refusing to give an account of the incident.… Read More

The Information Commissioner Office (ICO) the people tasked to deal with requests of Freedom of Information, have announced they have received a complaint that Melbourn Parish Council have refused to release the grievance report. The ICO have accepted the complaint and will look at resolving the issue. They will make a decision in due course.… Read More