Parish council chairman speaks out

A PARISH council chairman who quit her post after claims she broke the councillors' code of conduct says she made her decision because the trust has gone .

A PARISH council chairman who quit her post after claims she broke the councillors’ code of conduct says she made her decision because the trust has gone’.

Faith Moulin announced last week that she would stand down from her post on Yatton Parish Council amid complaints she was not listening to other councillors’ views properly.

This week Councillor Moulin spoke to the Weston & Somerset Mercury about her fond memories as chairman and the reasons for her latest bombshell.

She said: “Because I had worked for an organisation that deals with parish councils I was aware of how much power they have to do good.


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“In 2003 I cajoled and persuaded 12 people to stand for election to Yatton Parish Council because I had heard a lot of discontent within the community. There were eight vacant seats and for the others there was the first election for over 20 years.

We had a vibrant new council and worked hard to modernise and become more

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“This was rewarded in 2007 with the achievement of Quality Parish status.

“New councillors have come and gone but there has been a good forward-thinking core which has worked hard on initiatives in Yatton and Claverham.

“I’ve been proud to be associated with projects around the area.

“We are now listening to young people in Claverham about their need for local facilities. We’ve been able to give grants to help the village hall, the youth club and local organisations of all sorts.

“We were working really well and things were very positive.

“The complaint against me came completely out of the blue and was totally unfounded.

“I was going to step down in May anyway, as the role of chairman is extremely demanding and I thought that two years was enough of a sacrifice.

“I am disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish the year but I think once the trust has gone it just isn’t worth battling against other people’s negativity.

“I am a person that likes to work positively and get outcomes. On a council that is hard enough without deliberate obstruction.

“At the end of the day I am a volunteer and I don’t have to put up with the stress of it.

“The Standards Board for England has now given me their decision, that they are not going to refer the case for investigation, but for the reputation of the council the damage has been done. It’s very sad for the parish council and for the community. But I hope the council will be able to move on under new leadership.”

Councillor Moulin will remain a member of Yatton Parish Council for the time being.

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