The Council has this website and an archived Facebook Group.
The website is administered by the Clerk on behalf of the Council. It will comply with reporting and transparency requirements and the content will be appropriate for the Council.
The Facebook Group is operated on the same basis. Since 2010 the Facebook Group has been administered by the Clerk who acted in the best interests of the Council and would approve suitable posts and monitor comments.
The group wass meant to be an electronic noticeboard of Parish Council projects and relevant events in the area. Posts with no connection to the area, adverts, politically inspired or which for some other reason are unsuitable would not be posted.
Persons who disagree with their post not being published were invited to send a copy of the post and their reasons to the Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org who would then reply.
Posts about issues of interest in the area, such as Mill Green may be allowed even though the Parish Council has no responsibility nor connection with the development and the commenting may be turned off on this type of post that can be discussed on more appropriate groups.
The Parish Council Group is not meant to duplicate other Groups, nor for it to be a method of reporting issues for Cannock Council, Staffordshire County Council, the Police or any other organisation or group.
Please report any public order, litter, damage or any other issues to the relevant body.
The Parish Council group is not constantly monitored and posts may therefore be irrelevant or already dealt with by the time they are viewed.
Posts sent in after 5pm will not be considered until the following day and will not normally be seen on weekends nor Bank Holidays.
Facebook has been archived for security considerations as a letter which had been sent by the Clerk to the Police about Remembrance Day had been posted on the Parish Council Facebook to explain and report the position from the Council perspective as there had been a lot of negative and aggressive comments on other sites. Unfortunately, one member of the group without permission, not only posted the letter on another group inviting comments even though she was not there.
The problem with this was that the Clerk saw this as a clear attempt at stirring up hatred and incitement against himself and the Council as it was put on a group that had previously expressed hostile views and the Clerk’s name and address were also included.
Some might call it premeditated, some naive, but the result whether intended or not was that the Clerk felt threatened by this, especially as it was a geographically located group and his home address was in that area.
The post on the Council group was therefore removed to stop the Clerk’s name and address being published on other sites without permission and the group suspended.