Council meets after walkout

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A parish council, once dubbed “more entertaining than the one on TV’s Vicar of Dibley”, is being given a last chance to sort out its affairs after five councillors walked out in March.

Circumstances around the walkout at Lutton Parish Council have not been made public, but councillors who have spoken to the Spalding Guardian have expressed frustration that “nothing ever got decided”.

The councillors who resigned were Mrs Jane Barwell, Mark Ludlam, Eric Saxton. John Tolliday and David Mountain, who sadly died suddenly last month, aged 68.

With chairman Joan Atkinson and her husband, Ted, the only councillors left, five district councillors have been co-opted until the vacancies can be filled.

They are Couns Bryan Alcock, Peter Coupland, Graham Dark, Michael Seymour and David Wilkinson.

A notice about the vacancies has gone up on the village noticeboard, informing villagers of their right to call an election, and a first meeting with the district councillors has been held.

Coun Mrs Atkin said: “We got through a lot of the admin. A member of public once said the meetings were better entertainment than TV’s Vicar of Dibley, but the past few months have been very frustrating.”

Gary Porter, leader of SHDC, said: “We have made the council legal - now it’s up to the villagers to decide if they want it or not.”