The WW put its hands up and admits to highlighting a Farnham councillor’s unseemly antics played out at a recently Waverley planning meetings.
Tory Councillor Sam Pritchard doth protest too much about not being contacted like his Farnham Residents’ and other colleagues – about their objection to ‘Your Waverley’ building flats near a school in Ryle Road.
So worried is he with an election looming, that he called out to his constituents in the public gallery, after claiming he hadn’t heard from them, to ask them to stay after the meeting closed?
But not even a bleat, a grunt or admission of misbehaviour from the Chairman. He ignored conduct that is banned in the council chamber. Chairman Isherwood stayed shtum, except of course to admonish Godalming Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Follows for not leaving the public gallery quietly enough!! Bloody cheek.
Also worth noting how Cllr Pritchard ‘protested’ he had received no contact from residents.
They, of course, thought differently. As they had emailed him and provided evidence of their concerns – and after receiving no response reverted to a Godalming Councillor who has a tried and tested reputation to listening to everyone’s concerns and turned up as a member of the public on the night.
Now Councillor Pritchard – a man not often in evidence at Waverley meetings – has waded in to defend his actions. And of course, it is all down to Waverley’s poor IT communications. No surprise there then. Let’s face it we have all experienced those. We heard its IT came from Rumbelows!
Now here at the WW, we like to give everyone a good crack of the whip – before the Monitoring Officer steps in?
So this mysterious affliction that prevents Councillor Pritchard checking emails even vaguely regularly? An affliction that doesn’t appear to have hit anyone else, including the opposition…? Possibly the same affliction that hit the Chairman – Wewishhewoodbe – de-selected – when he ignored council protocol?