HIGH Peak Borough Council's Chief Executive has tried in vain to persuade Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish councillors of the merits of area forums.
Grass roots organisations and residents have been invited to area forums to give their opinions to Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council representatives.
Four area forums have been set up in the High Peak: in Buxton, Glossopdale, the central area and Hope Valley.
But Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish councillors have refused to attend any.
Cllr Ann Young told Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council meeting last week that she had been approached at a parish councils liaison meeting by the Borough Council's Chief Executive Peter Sloman.
She added: "He was most interested as to why New Mills and Chapel did not want to join. I reiterated all the reasons, like we were doubling up on jobs."
Cllr Guy Martin, who was also at the liaison meeting, added: "We were button-holed. They wanted us on board because they thought we were very good."
Parish Council Chairman Peter Harrison argued that the area forums were needed in some places but not others.
He said: "In the Hope Valley I believe these meetings of the forum have been excellent. On the other hand in this neck of the woods where we are one entity, what the hell is the point of them?"
But Cllr Mike Smith said that although the parish council had originally been against the area forums he thought this stance should be reviewed.
He added: "Now they exist I think there is a danger we are missing out by not attending. I would prefer to attend."
By Matt Barlow