Mass walkout at Somerset Council
MORE than 80 years of experience has quit St Cuthbert (Out) Parish Council after four members – including the chairman – resigned at once.
Chairman Sandra Ford with Councillors Roy Yates and Kevin Russell read out letters citing backbiting and disunity among councillors while James Drummond did not give a reason.
Mrs Ford has been chairman of the council since 1993, having been a member since 1975.
With her voice full of emotion Mrs Ford said: “In my opinion the discord and lack of unity among some councillors I do not feel that the residents of parish are being served in the way they deserve, expect and warrant.
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“After a long and careful consideration I feel the best and most appropriate course of action is to resign.”
Mr Yates said that the council had been undermined by constant sniping.
He said: “I hope the people of Easton think that I have served them well over the last 18 years. Although I will no longer be a councillor I will continue to serve the village in the best way I can.”
Mr Russell also said that the council had been undermined by “certain councillors”.
He said that he resigned with deep regret but much relief.
At the end of the meeting Vice Chairman Keith Grimshaw said: “I would like to say thank you to the four that have resigned.
“You will be very hard to replace – if you can be.”