Tonight’s Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council saw some quick adjustments to the Standing Orders in order to elect a Chairman for the coming year.
Some years ago Denton Parish Council decided, like many other bodies, to limit the time any member could serve as Chairman to a period of four years. This is widely regarded as good practice as it: prevents a single individual from dominating proceedings for too long; encourages more members to play an active role and helps to spread the burden of such an important position.
Liz Cargill has done a great job as Chairman for the last four years and has put a vast amount of time and effort into the role. At the annual meeting she was obviously very keen to step down, as the standing order required anyway. Unfortunately it became clear that none of the other five members was willing to take on the job.
The only way round this was a quick change to remove the four year rule and to persuade poor Liz to carry on. She deserves the sympathy and thanks of the whole parish.