councillor quits as Chairman after Town Centre Manager row
councillor in Burnham-On-Sea has resigned from his position as
Chairman of an influential Town Council committee following a
stormy debate on the future of the Town Centre Manager role.
Chris Williams, pictured, has quit his role as Chairman of the
council's Policy and Finance Committee following the debate, which
we first reported here.
week, Burnham-On-Sea.com also reported here
how the leader of Burnham's Town Team had also resigned following
explained: "After the meeting of the Town Council it is quite
obvious that I no longer have the support of the Council as Chair
of Policy and Finance. I therefore resign from that post and from
the Policy and Finance Committee itself."
"I had hoped that it would have been quite clear to every
member of Council that for a Chair of a Committee to ask for a
recorded vote and to speak and vote against a recommendation from
that Committee was extremely unusual. This point obviously did
not come across."
"I raised three objections to granting BIARS £3,500
for each of three years to assist in funding a Town Centre Manager."
explained that when BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support)
- the group that runs the town's tourist information centre -
was formed the council was assured that it would not make any
claim on public funds from the Town Council.
added: "They intended to pay a salary of £10,000 per
year for a 37 hour week. This would have been well below the National
Minimum Wage. I now understand that the 'hours to be worked' have
been adjusted so that the Town is being offered a 'Part-time'
rather than a 'Full-time' Manager."
"I asked that the whole recruitment process should be open
and transparent. I received no satisfactory answer on this."
"I do regret having to take this step, but feel I have been
left little choice in the matter."