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Plea made for borough councillors to attend parish meetings and end Twitter spat

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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CALLS have been made for borough leaders to show their faces at a parish council meeting.

IT professional Tim Williams also pleaded for bickering borough councillors to end their online feuding when he spoke during and after Stretton Parish Council’s monthly meet.

Slots are given to borough and county councillors to attend, though it is not a requirement.

After the meeting, Mr Williams 53, of Kingsmead, said: “Borough councillors are representatives of the people in that community.

“So how can they represent them if they don’t come and talk.”

Mr Williams also asked councillors to stop arguing on Twitter – referencing a picture Stretton borough councillor Len Milner tweeted mocking borough council leader Julian Mott and Shobnall councillor Bill Ganley.

The a picture super-imposed councillor Ganley’s face on an organ grinder, standing next to a monkey with councillor Mott’s face. It has since been removed.

Mr Williams said: “The borough councillors are too busy fighting between themselves on their Twitter accounts and not representing their people.”

But councillor Milner said he often dealt with residents directly, rather than through the time slot granted at the parish council.

He said: “If there are any issues to be brought forward the parish council will contact me.

“If there is anything I can help with that I’m not aware of then residents can contact me, I can’t do more than that.”

Stretton borough councillor Rebecca Carlton said she was too ill to attend the meeting.

She said: “It’s difficult to say how often I attend, but I try to go each month if I can.

“We do a lot of work with the public behind the scene.”

Another Stretton borough councillor, Maggie Fowkes lives in Norfolk and had not replied to a Mail request to comment before going to press.

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