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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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

There is an  extremely worrying situation for the new Melbourn Parish Council. It was clear on Monday that the former chairman of the council, presided over a culture of spend and more spend with little care or thought to the future. The first full council meeting of this new council was interesting if not a… Read More

On Monday 10th October Melbourn Parish Council will discuss the Grievance Document as part of the agenda of the full council meeting held at Melbourn Village College at 7.15pm   Why is the release of this document important? Bullying, intimidation and threats were the key words in this shameful episode and what is disturbing is… Read More

As many in the village know, the troubles with the previous parish council began as a result of bullying, intimidation and threats, so the latest rumours around the village are rather disturbing. There are ‘alleged’ threats to block any possible co-optee that one or more members of the new council believe to be an ‘undesirable’… Read More

“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.” Daily Telegraph February 2015 Interestingly enough the quote above was a reference to a BBC television adaptation of JK Rowling’s fictional ‘The Casual Vacancy’, not about any real council or… Read More