Rising above party politics on Nythe Parish
Conservatives Councillors in Covingham and Dorcan Dale Heenan and Richard Hurley have joined together to help Labour Councillor Julian Price after he forced a Council debate on applying for a grant that cannot be applied for.
Cllr Dale Heenan, “Parish Councils should be non-political and the campaign for a Nythe Parish was only ever about getting better representation for residents, recognition for the area and getting value for money for services. To see Cllr Julian Price u-turn to support the case for Nythe is music to our ears and we are certain that this can be achieved, while cutting the Council Tax bill of every household in Nythe by £50 a year from 2015.
Cllr Price has publicly forced a Council debate on Swindon Borough Council and new Nythe Parish applying for a grant which Nythe is not eligible to apply for which is a big oops for anyone. Rather than letting this mistake waste anyone’s time, it is right that we pull together and try to help solve this dilemma so he doesn’t ganderflank.
Cllr Richard Hurley and I are always open and approachable with residents whether they voted for us or not, and try to work with Councillors regardless of their political party.
I knew about this grant last year and picked up the phone to check. Unfortunately on this occasion Cllr Julian Price didn’t check hi basic facts. Rather than pointless posturing Richard and I have agreed an amendment to help him save face and credibility, but also help residents on serious issues like maintaining their burial rights”
Swindon Borough Councillors unanimously voted to approved the following motion:
Recognises its decision to form a Nythe parish
Acknowledges that a smooth transfer of responsibilities and services between Stratton St Margaret Parish and the new Nythe Parish is in the best interests of all local residents in both Parishes, and that a shadow Nythe Parish Council will be formed in 2014 following the making of the necessary Legal Order.
Requests that the shadow Nythe Parish Council be formed under the Legal Order in time to consider the 2015/16 budget and precept for the new parish council, and notes that the transitional body will be formed by the borough ward Councillors for Covingham and Dorcan, with the parish councillors for Lower Coleview and Nythe being invited to participate in a non-voting capacity.
Requests that Stratton St Margaret Parish Council, the transitional body and Swindon Borough Council work together amicably and responsibility on all parish issues, including
- Establishing appropriate part time clerking arrangements by the first parish election in May 2015,
- Consulting local residents on the Nythe parish precept so that a budget is submitted to Full Council in February 2015
- Publicising the Nythe Parish elections so that sufficient residents stand for election to see the first contested election since 1997
- Maintaining the burial rights of those people currently living in Stratton St Margaret Parish but who will be in the new Nythe Parish, and who wish to be buried in the cemeteries maintained by Stratton St. Margaret Parish Council.