DCSIMG

MP says suspend the town clerk

Seaford council offices

Seaford council offices

Seaford MP Norman Baker has called on the leader of Seaford Town Council and his Tory colleagues to suspend the town clerk on full pay and on a neutral basis pending a full investigation of allegations made about the authority.

He said this was in everyone’s interests including the town clerk herself.

The Lib Dem MP, who called on the district auditor to investigate the council, stating it was ‘dysfunctional and out of control’, has written to Paul Franklin asking him to suspend the clerk.

Cllr Franklin said he was unable to respond to Mr Baker’s comments as he was ‘taking advice’.

Mr Baker said the council agreed to a ‘review’ but to be handled by its own leadership, aided by one Lib Dem.

“Given the nature and number of detailed allegations made, there has to be a proper inquiry and for that to occur, it is the correct procedure to suspend the town clerk, on full pay and on a neutral basis,” he said.

“This is in the interests of everyone, including the town clerk herself.”

The town clerk had been given the opportunity to respond but at the time of going to press had declined to do so.

Mr Baker also announced this week the Lib Dems, along with UKIP, would not be fielding a candidate for the Seaford North by election to give former mayor and independent councillor Anthony White the chance to regain his seat.

Mr White quit both posts recently due to ill health and an attempt to rescind his resignation at last week’s Seaford Town Council meeting failed due to technical reasons.

Cllr Frank Carstairs said: “At the rescheduled full town council meeting on January 27, UKIP’s Cllr Latham obtained agreement that a vote of thanks to past Mayor Anthony White for his significant contribution as mayor be included in the minutes of the meeting and wished him well for the future.

“We are delighted that Anthony has bounced back and intends to regain his seat in Seaford North as an Independent in the forthcoming by-election and, as Chairman of the UKIP Lewes Constituency Association, I can announce that UKIP will not be opposing Anthony.

“The intention is to give Anthony every chance of regaining his seat as a valuable member of Seaford Town Council.

“Meanwhile UKIP councillors are working with their non-UKIP councillor colleagues to create an effective voice to ensure the forthcoming enquiry into Seaford Town Council is properly conducted and has a conclusive outcome.”

Seaford MP Norman Baker has called on the leader of Seaford Town Council and his Tory colleagues to suspend the town clerk pending a full investigation of allegations made about how the authority is run.

The Lib Dem MP, who called on the district auditor to investigate the council, stating it was ‘dysfunctional and out of control’, has written to Paul Franklin asking him to suspend the clerk.

Cllr Franklin said he was unable to respond to Mr Baker’s comments as he was ‘taking advice’.

Mr Baker said the council agreed to a ‘review’ but to be handled by its own leadership, aided by one Lib Dem.

“Given the nature and number of detailed allegations made, there has to be a proper inquiry and for that to occur, it is the correct procedure to suspend the town clerk, on full pay and on a neutral basis,” he said.

“This is in the interests of everyone, including the town clerk herself.

“There are huge problems at Seaford Town Council, yet the Tory leadership seems to believe it can simply plough on and the problems will go away, but they won’t.”

Mr Baker also announced this week the Lib Dems, along with UKIP, would not be fielding a candidate for the Seaford North by election to give former mayor and independent councillor Anthony White the chance to regain his seat.

Mr White quit both posts recently due to ill health and an attempt to rescind his resignation at last week’s Seaford Town Council meeting failed due to technical reasons.

Cllr Frank Carstairs said: “At the rescheduled full town council meeting on January 27, UKIP’s Cllr Latham obtained agreement that a vote of thanks to past Mayor Anthony White for his significant contribution as mayor be included in the minutes of the meeting and wished him well for the future.

“We are delighted that Anthony has bounced back and intends to regain his seat in Seaford North as an Independent in the forthcoming by-election and, as Chairman of the UKIP Lewes Constituency Association, I can announce that UKIP will not be opposing Anthony.

“The intention is to give Anthony every chance of regaining his seat as a valuable member of Seaford Town Council.

“Meanwhile UKIP councillors are working with their non-UKIP councillor colleagues to create an effective voice to ensure the forthcoming enquiry into the failure in leadership and administration of Seaford Town Council is properly conducted and has a conclusive outcome.”

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page