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Weatherley's campaign manager resigns from 'pointless' Sompting Parish Council

The Argus: James Butcher James Butcher

Hove MP Mike Weatherley's campaign manager has resigned from sitting on his local parish council after claiming that it spent hours holding “pointless” committees – including allegedly discussing what colour chairs to buy.

James Butcher, who works for Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade Mike Weatherley, said that Sompting Parish Council was “worse than a children’s party”.

He described it as a “Vicar of Dibley” council and said that there were occasions during meetings when he felt like he was having “an out-of-body experience”.

In his resignation letter, published on his blog, Facebook page and Twitter account, Mr Butcher described the council as “unprofessional, ineffective and inefficient”.

He said that he and two fellow councillors were resigning, who he named as Callum Buxton and Nicholas Piggott, because “it is our belief that Sompting Parish Council is an enormous waste of taxpayers’ money and an embarrassment to the people of Sompting”.

He added: “We resign our positions as we no longer want to be associated with this mockery and encourage the people of Sompting to take a closer look at what their money is actually being spent on.”

He also referred to “the ridiculous number of committees spending copious amounts of time discussing often nothing more than the colour of the chairs”.

Speaking to The Argus, Mr Butcher, 21, who is originally from Sompting but now lives in Lancing, said that he still had faith in local councils and sat on Lancing Parish Council, which he praised for its attitude. But he admitted that he had lost faith in Sompting’s equivalent.

Mr Butcher, who also sits on West Sussex Association of Local Councils and is standing for Adur District Council, said: “We have committees for everything.

“There was a committee about what colour chairs to buy. I think they chose pink or red. 

"It is really frustrating. I was sat there and I sort of felt like I was having an out-of-body experience.”

The Argus made a number of attempts to contact Sompting Parish Council, but received no response.

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4:56am Tue 18 Mar 14

paul6391 says...

i live in lancing and this article comes as no surprise, they are just as shambolic as those prats running Brighton and hove council,all they are interested in is how much money they can pocket themselves,and the IMPORTANT ISSUE OF CHAIRS.. and not give two s**ts about community
i live in lancing and this article comes as no surprise, they are just as shambolic as those prats running Brighton and hove council,all they are interested in is how much money they can pocket themselves,and the IMPORTANT ISSUE OF CHAIRS.. and not give two s**ts about community paul6391
  • Score: 8

7:52am Tue 18 Mar 14

alyn, southwick says...

paul6391 wrote:
i live in lancing and this article comes as no surprise, they are just as shambolic as those prats running Brighton and hove council,all they are interested in is how much money they can pocket themselves,and the IMPORTANT ISSUE OF CHAIRS.. and not give two s**ts about community
I'm puzzled what do they pocket for themselves - the Parish council own web site says "The Councillors do not accept any payment for their time", can't be much gain from having the right colour chairs.

I see this councillor seems to be on a lot of councils (or trying to), is he an up and coming prospective professional politician, and now that Sompting has served his purpose he's not interested any more? Or perhaps he (and his fellow Tory colleagues, although he hid behind an "Independent" label at the last election) didn't get his own way; he wanted blue chairs!
[quote][p][bold]paul6391[/bold] wrote: i live in lancing and this article comes as no surprise, they are just as shambolic as those prats running Brighton and hove council,all they are interested in is how much money they can pocket themselves,and the IMPORTANT ISSUE OF CHAIRS.. and not give two s**ts about community[/p][/quote]I'm puzzled what do they pocket for themselves - the Parish council own web site says "The Councillors do not accept any payment for their time", can't be much gain from having the right colour chairs. I see this councillor seems to be on a lot of councils (or trying to), is he an up and coming prospective professional politician, and now that Sompting has served his purpose he's not interested any more? Or perhaps he (and his fellow Tory colleagues, although he hid behind an "Independent" label at the last election) didn't get his own way; he wanted blue chairs! alyn, southwick
  • Score: 9

8:12am Tue 18 Mar 14

john newman says...

Either pay people to achieve or do away with these type of bodies seems to be the modern answer.
Either pay people to achieve or do away with these type of bodies seems to be the modern answer. john newman
  • Score: 1

8:44am Tue 18 Mar 14

Quiterie says...

I would have gone for purple. Pink and red are sooooooo last season......
I would have gone for purple. Pink and red are sooooooo last season...... Quiterie
  • Score: 3

11:02am Tue 18 Mar 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Some people become councillors and parish councillors, Members of Parliament even, in order to give a voice, a perspective on behalf of the people they represent.

And from within, to wield what influence they may to get change and improvement. Impatient? Nothing to say? Unwilling to stay the course to make the difference? He is very young at 21.

I think his resignation smacks of a flounce-out frankly. Did he consult with those who voted him in before flouncing out? Maybe he and his chums think they can embarrass the councils into doing their bidding.
Some people become councillors and parish councillors, Members of Parliament even, in order to give a voice, a perspective on behalf of the people they represent. And from within, to wield what influence they may to get change and improvement. Impatient? Nothing to say? Unwilling to stay the course to make the difference? He is very young at 21. I think his resignation smacks of a flounce-out frankly. Did he consult with those who voted him in before flouncing out? Maybe he and his chums think they can embarrass the councils into doing their bidding. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 0

11:34am Tue 18 Mar 14

Isaac Rinkfern says...

So he praises LPC, (which is conservative controlled and pays allowances to councillors), yet dismisses SPC (which isn't, and doesn't).

Hmmmmm, political posturing and personal gain perchance?

Looking at the published minutes from Sompting council on their website, it doesn't appear that the resignation of these councillors will make much difference to the attendance figures of councillors on SPC.
So he praises LPC, (which is conservative controlled and pays allowances to councillors), yet dismisses SPC (which isn't, and doesn't). Hmmmmm, political posturing and personal gain perchance? Looking at the published minutes from Sompting council on their website, it doesn't appear that the resignation of these councillors will make much difference to the attendance figures of councillors on SPC. Isaac Rinkfern
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Number Six says...

I live in Sompting and I haven't a clue what the Parish Council does
I live in Sompting and I haven't a clue what the Parish Council does Number Six
  • Score: 3

1:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Man With No Name says...

I am suprised he can distinguish between a "pointless council" and Mike Weatherley, who is no doubt one of the most pointless people in Sussex.
I am suprised he can distinguish between a "pointless council" and Mike Weatherley, who is no doubt one of the most pointless people in Sussex. Man With No Name
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Tue 18 Mar 14

plantwoman says...

Number Six wrote:
I live in Sompting and I haven't a clue what the Parish Council does
Me too!
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: I live in Sompting and I haven't a clue what the Parish Council does[/p][/quote]Me too! plantwoman
  • Score: 3

2:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

chandler29 says...

good on him for standing up to these people! at least he has the balls to say what he thinks. most people take a back seat and what has his age got to do with it? he is clearly a man with his head screwed on! how many people sit on there bums doing nothing nowadays compard to going out and getting a job like that! good on you mr butcher for speaking up and actually wanting a change maybe now they will stop being selfish and lazy and actually help the community!!!!!!
good on him for standing up to these people! at least he has the balls to say what he thinks. most people take a back seat and what has his age got to do with it? he is clearly a man with his head screwed on! how many people sit on there bums doing nothing nowadays compard to going out and getting a job like that! good on you mr butcher for speaking up and actually wanting a change maybe now they will stop being selfish and lazy and actually help the community!!!!!! chandler29
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Man With No Name says...

chandler29 wrote:
good on him for standing up to these people! at least he has the balls to say what he thinks. most people take a back seat and what has his age got to do with it? he is clearly a man with his head screwed on! how many people sit on there bums doing nothing nowadays compard to going out and getting a job like that! good on you mr butcher for speaking up and actually wanting a change maybe now they will stop being selfish and lazy and actually help the community!!!!!!
Care to list some things he has done that has helped anyone? All he has changed is his own personal situation, how has he changed anything else?
[quote][p][bold]chandler29[/bold] wrote: good on him for standing up to these people! at least he has the balls to say what he thinks. most people take a back seat and what has his age got to do with it? he is clearly a man with his head screwed on! how many people sit on there bums doing nothing nowadays compard to going out and getting a job like that! good on you mr butcher for speaking up and actually wanting a change maybe now they will stop being selfish and lazy and actually help the community!!!!!![/p][/quote]Care to list some things he has done that has helped anyone? All he has changed is his own personal situation, how has he changed anything else? Man With No Name
  • Score: -3

11:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

chandler29 says...

Man With No Name wrote:
chandler29 wrote:
good on him for standing up to these people! at least he has the balls to say what he thinks. most people take a back seat and what has his age got to do with it? he is clearly a man with his head screwed on! how many people sit on there bums doing nothing nowadays compard to going out and getting a job like that! good on you mr butcher for speaking up and actually wanting a change maybe now they will stop being selfish and lazy and actually help the community!!!!!!
Care to list some things he has done that has helped anyone? All he has changed is his own personal situation, how has he changed anything else?
to 'man with no name' how about you name what youve done? hes made it clear that somping council are useless and just stood up and said what most if us are thinking!i mean after all what has the old biddys actually done for us? if you knew this young man im sure youde know what a change hes actually made because i went to him with a problem and he sorted within days. so pipe down.
[quote][p][bold]Man With No Name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chandler29[/bold] wrote: good on him for standing up to these people! at least he has the balls to say what he thinks. most people take a back seat and what has his age got to do with it? he is clearly a man with his head screwed on! how many people sit on there bums doing nothing nowadays compard to going out and getting a job like that! good on you mr butcher for speaking up and actually wanting a change maybe now they will stop being selfish and lazy and actually help the community!!!!!![/p][/quote]Care to list some things he has done that has helped anyone? All he has changed is his own personal situation, how has he changed anything else?[/p][/quote]to 'man with no name' how about you name what youve done? hes made it clear that somping council are useless and just stood up and said what most if us are thinking!i mean after all what has the old biddys actually done for us? if you knew this young man im sure youde know what a change hes actually made because i went to him with a problem and he sorted within days. so pipe down. chandler29
  • Score: 1

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