Councillor withdraws quit threat

By Dave GooderhamA TROUBLED town council left reeling by four resignations has survived a further threat to its future after a councillor retracted plans to leave.

By Dave Gooderham

A TROUBLED town council left reeling by four resignations has survived a further threat to its future after a councillor retracted plans to leave.

Bury St Edmunds town councillor Mike Parker said he had backtracked on plans to leave the under-fire organisation after “pleasing” talks with council bosses.

Mr Parker, one of the inaugural members of the fledgling council, also played down fears its future was in doubt.


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“I was feeling isolated and not getting a lot of help from St Edmundsbury Borough Council in getting things done,” said Mr Parker, councillor for the Minden ward.

“But then I realised that there are so many people in the ward, it would be too sad to leave.

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“Thinking about resigning was a very tough decision and it churned my stomach up. For two years, I have built up a reputation as I care passionately about the people in my ward.”

Mr Parker opted to rescind his resignation plans after meeting with town mayor, Mike Ames, and council clerk, Linda Sherer.

Mrs Sherer said: “I would be very disappointed if we lost Mr Parker. He is such an unsung hero - I know it is a cliché, but in this case it is absolutely true. He is always working for the residents and they would be very upset if he left.”

In the wake of four councillors resigning within days of each other, fears were voiced vacancies would not be filled, threatening the existence of the town council.

But Mr Parker said: “There are no cracks appearing within the town council. My plans to resign had nothing to do with other people leaving, I don't want to get involved in that.

“Even if there was only six councillors, we would still carry on doing what we are doing. People keep knocking the town council, but although we don't always agree, we are all working hard for the good of the town.”

Former mayor, Frank Warby, and his wife, Pat, both handed in their resignations last month for personal reasons, while Terry Buckle decided to stand down citing medical reasons and his work on the borough council.

The quartet of resignations was completed by Paul Farmer, who said he could “no longer share responsibility” for some of the developments that had taken place on the council.

dave.gooderham@eadt.co.uk

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