RESPONSE TO Tintagel Web Post BY SONJA TREMAIN
The recent post, placed on Tintagel Web, by Mrs Sonjia Tremain, alludes to the ‘conduct of senior Members of the Parish Council’.
It is, perhaps, a pity that the lady (who did not show her face at the meeting) did not also allude to the appalling conduct which gave rise to the need for the Chairman to intervene in a matter under discussion (St Nectan’s Glen).
The constant interruptions, inappropriate comments, engaging in private conversation with person not in the meeting, leaving the meeting without requesting permission, and the failure to declare an interest (previous employment at the site), in respect of the matter under discussion, by one ‘Junior Member’ were totally unacceptable and amounted to a breach of the Councillors ‘Code of Conduct’.
The ‘Junior Councillor’ referred to has, on more than one occasion, reminded Members that she had undertaken appropriate training for the position, therefore the claim of ‘recently appointed’ holds no merit.
The conduct engaged in by that individual was insulting to guests, and clearly unacceptable. As an ex-Parish Councillor, Mrs Tremain must surely have been aware of those facts. Indeed, the meeting was recorded, and the conduct referred to can be clearly viewed.
Neither did Mrs Tremain highlight the appalling, and totally inappropriate, conduct of a member of the public during the meeting, nor has she made any comment about the long-running, antisocial, behaviour indulged in by a person whom she publicly vaunts on a regular basis. The conduct of that person, which is apparently of no consequence to Mrs Tremain, has needlessly cost the Parishioners of Tintagel in excess of £15,000 to date. The attention of any reader of this post is drawn to the recent statement of the Vice Chairman of the Parish Council on 3rd February 2021, in respect of the External Audit findings (below), and to the inappropriate correspondence published on, inter alia, the Tintagel Web. Mrs Tremain – why is that behaviour not abhorrent to you? Are you suggesting that this is the standard to which we should all allude?
Statement of Vice Chairman, John Brooks (3rd February 2021):
On the 2nd February 2021, the External Auditor’s Report was finally received by the Parish Council.
Despite the steady stream of vitriolic and erroneous statements, which have been published by a group of people, apparently intent on mischief, it has been clearly shown in the Auditor’s report that no Parish Council monies are or have been misappropriated/ misplaced or mis-accounted for.
To date, the 2019/20 Parish Council accounts have been audited four times, and each time have been deemed to accurately reflect the true financial situation of the Parish Council.
The conduct of those, who have sought to undermine this Parish Council and its Clerk, through innuendo and libellous statements, can also be deemed responsible for the costs which have been incurred by the Council, in pursuance of a truth – a truth which had been presented by the Responsible Finance Officer, at the date of submission of the original External Audit Document for 2019/20.
Sadly, the conduct and demands of a member of that group, and the consequent requirement to spend money in defence of spurious allegations and upon unnecessary auditing, has also deprived the Parishioners of Tintagel of the opportunities which could have been derived from positive, social investment of that money.
It is hoped that those, who have engaged in the behaviour outlined, will take this opportunity to reflect upon their conduct. Conduct that has caused hurt and distress and which, at all times was both unacceptable and reprehensible.