resignation by Burnham-On-Sea town councillor Paul Young
well-known Burnham-On-Sea town councillor has abruptly resigned
this week and spoken out about why he's stepping down.
Young, pictured here on the right, is the second Deputy Mayor
of Burnham and Highbridge and also Chairman of the council's Town
Clerk Tatiana Cant announced his surprise resignation at the start
of Monday's full council meeting. He has been a Conservative councillor
for eight years, serving the Burnham South ward.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have enjoyed my eight years as
a councillor, although at times it has been frustrating."
turning point for me was when a recent Tory party meeting was held
in Burnham, to which I wasn't invited. The Town Council roles for
the coming year were discussed. I was offered Vice Chairman of the
Burial Committee and I heard afterwards that several councillors
had said my council attendance has been poor. In fact, I have simply
been busy with business and have not always been able to attend
every council meeting."
added: "I've decided to stand down but still intend to remain
active in Burnham's community with various events and groups such
as the Apex Parkrun."
and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I am sad to see Paul go - he has put a lot into this council."
resignation means an election may be held to find a new councillor
to fill the vacant seat unless the council chooses to co-opt a replacement.
Due to the timing of the resignation, there is not enough time for
the Town Council election to be arranged for the same date as May's
upcoming County Council election.