Cambs village council hits back at its critics for intimidating councillors

Hilton Jubilee Beacon

Hilton Jubilee Beacon - Credit: Archant

A PARISH council has condemned the actions of “a small number” of “highly-vocal people” who it blames for a meeting being abandoned.

Leaflets were delivered to households in Hilton at the weekend to update villagers following this month’s walkout by councillors.

The village hall was packed with more than 60 people on April 15, most wanting to know why the parish council had pulled plans for a permanent beacon on The Green, which had been supported by the overwhelming majority of people responding to a survey on the matter.

Despite repeated requests, members did not give an explanation for the U-turn and left before the agenda had been completed.

The leaflet, simply titled “Parish Council Update”, outlined its work for the village before turning on its critics.

It read: “Recently, a few parishioners have made parish council work very difficult, with persistent and undermining criticisms.

“This week, the behaviour of a small number of highly vocal people disrupted the council meeting to such a degree that the meeting had to be abandoned with important business left unresolved.

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“A number of councillors left the meeting feeling threatened and intimidated.”

It went on to urge parishioners to “behave in a civilised and reasonable way and to respect the council”.

The leaflet also set out, in detail, why members had ditched the beacon plan, with the reasons including a potential breach of an agreement with the Hilton Town Trust that the original was to be a temporary feature.

There had been no letters of support and 21 against the planning application, it said, and it was not in the interests of the council to put itself in conflict with the Common Rights Owners, many of whom were opposed to the beacon.

It also argued the language used in the survey could have unfairly influenced positive responses by reference to “many people” having come up with the idea and its association with the Queen’s jubilee.

The next meeting of the parish council is due to be held at the village hall at 7.30pm on Monday, May 13.

INFORMATION: Hilton Parish Council has a new website after withdrawing its funding from the village’s established web pages last month. The new site can be found at