councillor quits as Committee Chairman after festival debate
Burnham-On-Sea town councillor has stood down from her committee
chairman's role following a heated debate earlier this week about
funding for the town's Food Festivals.
councillors debated on Monday whether a £2,000 grant application
from the organisers of Burnham's Food Festivals should be approved
to help them run the events.
Louise Parkin claimed at the meeting that she fears the festivals
are negatively impacting the trade of shops and businesses because
the events are held at busy holiday times of the year - late May
night, she said she would be stepping down from her commitee role.
She explained: "At Monday's council meeting I failed to declare
an interest verbally as a businesswoman in this parish although
it was declared in my official declaration of interests document
and is I believe known by all council members and the majority
to this, I have formally resigned as Chairman of the Town Projects
Committee and the committee itself. I stood as a businesswoman
who supports local businesses and since it is not possible for
me to do so I have taken the decision to resign."
have told the Clerk that if she feels I have brought the council
into disrepute I will resign from council with immediate effect."