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Waterhouses Parish Council meeting halted

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A PARISH council meeting was halted after a member of the public refused to leave when he was asked to do so.

Waterhouses Parish Council was half way through its agenda when the chairman asked Frank Bradbury, pictured, who runs a farm at Calton, to leave the room.

Mr Bradbury accused the council of not doing anything to stop speeding in country lanes and also not working to getting a historical path reinstated in Waterfall Lane, Waterhouses.

However, the chairman Eddie Simpson told Mr Bradbury that the parish council had not got the powers to changes speed limits in villages, but they could ask the highway authority to look at it.

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During the debate concerning the footpath, Mr Simpson asked Mr Bradbury several times to stop interrupting councillors. He then asked him to leave the building, which he refused.

Mr Simpson said he would therefore close the meeting, last week, which was approved by all councillors.

Chairman of the council Eddie Simpson said this week that he had no alternative but to close the meeting.

He said: "I was trying to help Mr Bradbury with regard to his letters. I was prepared to go through the letters and the issues with a proper discussion.

"When we were debating the issues regarding the footpath Mr Bradbury kept interrupting councillors who were speaking.

"I asked him several times if he would please remain quiet while councillors were speaking, but to no avail. I then said that if he continued I would have to ask him to leave.

"He refused to stop talking and then refused to leave, so there was no alternative but to close the meeting."

Mr Bradbury said this week he was angry that he was constantly being told to stop talking at the meeting, when members of the public should be allowed to have their say.

He said: "The council did not want me to have my say. One councillor said that the meeting should be stopped and everything taken into confidential.

"This is totally wrong and does not involve members of the public, who should know what is going on in their community.

"The community involvement in Waterhouses Parish Council is none. I have even been accused of sending rubbish letters to the council.

"I do not know why they are keeping people out of decision-making, and an election is urgently needed."

The parish council was hoping to complete the adjourned meeting this week.

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