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Cromer councillor’s letter to North Norfolk News causes strife at meeting

10:23 06 March 2014

Face to Face: Cromer mayor Yvonne Nolan.

Face to Face: Cromer mayor Yvonne Nolan.

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A former mayor of Cromer was reminded of her responsibilities to the town council after she wrote a critical letter to the North Norfolk News.

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Councillor Philip Harris raised the issue at Monday’s council meeting where he said the letter on February 20 was misleading and a breach of council’s code of conduct.

Councillor Yvonne Nolan’s letter referred to the council’s 31pc increase in its precept. It said: “The district and county councils are once again freezing the council tax and I feel that is exactly what Cromer Town Council should do.”

On Monday she said: “I think it would have been a decent act if the clerk had informed me of this beforehand. I was a councillor for 12 years before I had a break so I don’t think there is much I don’t know.”

Julie Chance, clerk to the council, said an email had been sent out to all councillors informing them of the item for discussion.

Mrs Nolan said: “I don’t sit there all day waiting by the computer.”

Councillor Hilary Cox said: “Even if we don’t agree with what happens here, if a decision is made we are supposed to stand by it.”

The council voted to write to Mrs Nolan to remind her of her responsibility.

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8 comments

  • It is the right, perhaps even the duty, of any councillor to speak out against a decision of their council if in their conscience they think it is wrong. If to do so is a breach of the council's code of conduct then the code of conduct is wrong. Staying silent in disagreement would be the wrong behaviour. What do these councillors think their town council is? - a private club bound by oaths of loyalty to each other in the interests of avoidance of embarrassment rather than the interests of the people they are elected to serve! Freedom of dissent is one of the the cornerstones of democracy.

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    JCW

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I am astounded that they have reprimanded Mrs Nolan for expressing an opinion, one which would be widely shared by her Parishioners. The view expressed was clearly her own, and not that of the Council as a whole. On the subject of Parish precepts, I am still waiting for someone from Cromer Town Council to properly explain why they refused the District Council's support grant, an issue that justifiably raises questions over the ability of the Council to make proper financial decisions!

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    MikeK

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Councillors have a responsibility to the people that elected them, not to just meekly accept any old orders from above. Good luck to Mrs. Nolan, it's about time someone stood up to the highwaymen on the hill!

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    backwoodsman

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I am astounded that they have reprimanded Mrs Nolan for expressing an opinion, one which would be widely shared by her Parishioners. The view expressed was clearly her own, and not that of the Council as a whole. On the subject of Parish precepts, I am still waiting for someone from Cromer Town Council to properly explain why they refused the District Council's support grant, an issue that justifiably raises questions over the ability of the Council to make proper financial decisions!

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    MikeK

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • I am astounded that they have reprimanded Mrs Nolan for expressing an opinion, one which would be widely shared by her Parishioners. The view expressed was clearly her own, and not that of the Council as a whole. On the subject of Parish precepts, I am still waiting for someone from Cromer Town Council to properly explain why they refused the District Council's support grant, an issue that justifiably raises questions over the ability of the Council to make proper financial decisions!

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    MikeK

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • The 'Code of Conduct' for councilors is far from clear in regard to expressing your own personal opinion. Maybe Councilor Nolan wouldn't be hauled across the coals if she had stated in her letter that the views expressed were her own and not those of CTC. Our town council needs to concern itself much more with the needs of the towns folk which they serve. They need to make sure that all parts of ship are in order if they are to take on future responsibilities off-loaded by NNDC.

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    Duncan AA

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The 'Code of Conduct' for councilors is far from clear in regard to expressing your own personal opinion. Maybe Councilor Nolan wouldn't be hauled across the coals if she had stated in her letter that the views expressed were her own and not those of CTC. Our town council needs to concern itself much more with the needs of the towns folk which they serve. They need to make sure that all parts of ship are in order if they are to take on future responsibilities off-loaded by NNDC.

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    Duncan AA

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I am astounded that they have reprimanded Mrs Nolan for expressing an opinion, one which would be widely shared by her Parishioners. The view expressed was clearly her own, and not that of the Council as a whole. On the subject of Parish precepts, I am still waiting for someone from Cromer Town Council to properly explain why they refused the District Council's support grant, an issue that justifiably raises questions over the ability of the Council to make proper financial decisions!

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    MikeK

    Friday, March 7, 2014

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