Saturday, July 22, 2017

Allison Greaves Oakham Town Clerk Refuses To Send Me Emails Containing Council Business

This week Oakham Town Council has implemented unlawful sanctions against me.

Those sanctions do not say the clerk should not send me emails containing council

I am aware that since Wednesday the Clerk Allison Greaves has unlawfully excluded
me from receiving emails containing council business addressed to all members.

The clerk is currently on a probation period if she does not want to work with all
members of the Council then she should be sacked and replaced with a person
who is willing not to exclude anyone.

Last month residents asked me to place an item on the Agenda. They feel they
have been harassed by Cllr Joyce Lucas for 14 years and in there email they
ask me to end their misery. The Clerk refused to put the tree matter on the
So far this year the Clerk has refused to put at least three of my requests on the agenda

Gordon Brown the Chairman of the LRAC tells me this is unlawful and a clerk
can only refuse Cllrs agenda items for a very few legal reasons and that legal
reason must be stated.

I recently attended a LRAC meeting and found we are not only council that has
problems with Clerks doing as they please or following instructions from Chairman's

The LRAC is looking into removing Clerk from its organisation to assist Councillors
and Councillors with problems like the one I experience.

A Councillor must be able to function and by not permitting agenda item and withholding
council business is preventing me from carrying out my duties.

Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:53 PM
From: MJHaley
To: "Martin Brookes"
Cc: "Peter ind" , "Adam Lowe" , "Anne Skipworth"
Subject: Administrative sanctions
Dear Cllr Brookes

During  Council’s EGM held on 19 July 2017, Council resolved to introduce the following administrative  measures with immediate effect:

1.    All e-mail sent by Cllr Brookes to the Clerk’s office are blocked and Cllr Brookes is advised to send his Council related e-mail to the Chairman. The Chairman and Vice Chairman will act as a filter between the Clerk’s office and Cllr Brookes.
2.    The Clerk is instructed not to respond to incoming phone calls from Cllr Brookes. Cllr Brookes is advised to contact the Chairman or in his absence, the Vice Chairman with any urgent Council related business. The Chairman or Vice Chairman will determine whether it is urgent or could be dealt with by e-mail or letter.
3.    The Clerk is instructed not to respond to any unarranged visits to the office by Councillor Brookes. Councillor Brookes is asked to make arrangements for any necessary visits with the Chairman who will, in consultation with the Clerk, arrange for himself or the Vice Chairman to be present during any such visit.
4.    Before, during and immmediately after Council and Council Committtee meetings, the Clerk is accompanied by at least one other councillor whilst Cllr Brookes is present.
5.    The effectiveness of these measures to be reviewed by the Staffing Committee after a period of 3 months. The Staffing Committee with advise Council if they are coinsidered to be effective or if not, what additional measures may be required to reduce the identified risks.
 Kind regards
Cllr  Michael Haley
Chairman Oakham Town Council