New chairman of Malvern Hills District Council appointed

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THE new chairman of Malvern Hills District Council has been elected for the year ahead.

Cllr Mike Morgan was chosen to take over from cllr Roger Sutton and the vice chairman will be cllr Barbara Williams.

Cllr Morgan, who announced his chosen charities for the year will be the Sea Cadets and Eco-Families (Malvern), said: “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to be chairman at such a crucial time for our district, and I would like to thank cllr Sutton for all he achieved last year.

"I look forward to a positive challenge in the year ahead.”

The outgoing chairman, cllr Sutton said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support while I was chairman.

"I have been impressed and inspired by the people, the businesses and organisations I have come into contact with during the last 12 months and I feel confident that residents will continue to get the best service possible from the council under the chairmanship of councillor Morgan.”

The leader of the council is cllr David Hughes and the deputy leader is cllr Paul Swinburn.

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11:11am Fri 30 May 14

Casmal says...

Yes, the Cons have it all sewn up again! Swinburn proposed Hughes and then Hughes proposed Swinburn. How nice! These are the two who have undemocratically forced through the SWDP, by unconstitutionally calling a Council meeting (i.e. within six months of the previous one that discussed the issue and came to a democratic decision through a free vote) and got that vote overturned by use of the whip.

These are the two who have wasted nearly £2m of tax payers' on the wheelie bin fiasco, getting them through Council by a process which a Council report said was deeply flawed and lacked openness and transparency. A small group of cllrs, chosen by Hughes and Swinburn came to a decision, recommended it to council and, of course, was passed by their followers, despite the fact that the system may contravene E.U. regulations. Council were misled on various points and presented with one option just days before the deadline for the application of government funding.

Now they are doing a similar thing with the Chief Executive. Seemingly without cllrs. knowledge and certainly without it being discussed in council, Hughes and his colleagues and presumably Mr Bocock have decided that sharing a Chief Executive with Wychavon is the way to go. Doubtless this will be presented to council in exactly the same way as the wheelie bins.

How has it been decided we can do without a part-time C.E? Has there been a proper analaysis of the situation? Has a full re-organisation been considered? Why the CE? Why not another post and share the duties around? If we can do with a part-time CE, how does Mr Bocock fill his time now? Does he sit twiddling his thumbs for some days each week?

I'm not saying that MHDC is correctly or appropriately staffed, but you don't just pick on one person or post to go! One assumes Mr Bocock is happy to either reduce his hours or leave, otherwise, if he complained, his union could have a field day! Who, exactly is driving this? It certainly doesn't seem to be good leadership and management or good sense!

And the awful thing is that because the Cons have a majority this will most likely go through, so the residents of Malvern will lose even more influence and control over their district. And once gone, we will never get it back.

And we have one more year of them! I dread to think of the damage they can do in that time. Oh for Party Politics to be taken out of local government!
Yes, the Cons have it all sewn up again! Swinburn proposed Hughes and then Hughes proposed Swinburn. How nice! These are the two who have undemocratically forced through the SWDP, by unconstitutionally calling a Council meeting (i.e. within six months of the previous one that discussed the issue and came to a democratic decision through a free vote) and got that vote overturned by use of the whip. These are the two who have wasted nearly £2m of tax payers' on the wheelie bin fiasco, getting them through Council by a process which a Council report said was deeply flawed and lacked openness and transparency. A small group of cllrs, chosen by Hughes and Swinburn came to a decision, recommended it to council and, of course, was passed by their followers, despite the fact that the system may contravene E.U. regulations. Council were misled on various points and presented with one option just days before the deadline for the application of government funding. Now they are doing a similar thing with the Chief Executive. Seemingly without cllrs. knowledge and certainly without it being discussed in council, Hughes and his colleagues and presumably Mr Bocock have decided that sharing a Chief Executive with Wychavon is the way to go. Doubtless this will be presented to council in exactly the same way as the wheelie bins. How has it been decided we can do without a part-time C.E? Has there been a proper analaysis of the situation? Has a full re-organisation been considered? Why the CE? Why not another post and share the duties around? If we can do with a part-time CE, how does Mr Bocock fill his time now? Does he sit twiddling his thumbs for some days each week? I'm not saying that MHDC is correctly or appropriately staffed, but you don't just pick on one person or post to go! One assumes Mr Bocock is happy to either reduce his hours or leave, otherwise, if he complained, his union could have a field day! Who, exactly is driving this? It certainly doesn't seem to be good leadership and management or good sense! And the awful thing is that because the Cons have a majority this will most likely go through, so the residents of Malvern will lose even more influence and control over their district. And once gone, we will never get it back. And we have one more year of them! I dread to think of the damage they can do in that time. Oh for Party Politics to be taken out of local government! Casmal
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