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Sparks fly at Sutton Bridge Parish Council

There were fireworks when Sutton Bridge Parish Council met face-to-face for the first time in more than a year.

As councillors and residents attended a socially distanced meeting in the village’s Curlew Centre, tempers flared throughout with one member resorting to reading out the council’s rules during a heated debate.

New member, Coun Colin Robinson, became frustrated during a debate on whether the council should create a new youth programme committee, as councillors began talking over one another.

Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre
Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre

Coun Robinson raised the issue with Chairman Simon Booth before reading out the Standing Orders.

He had also raised concerns surround the parish council after having been nominated for the position of chairman by fellow recent addition Coun David Bruch.

He said: “Although I have just joined the parish council I have attended the last two meetings and what I have seen causes me great concern.

“I have done committee work before and there is nearly always one bully. Generally the chair will intervene but from the last few meetings I have seen the current chairman does try his best but is intimated.”

He added: “I will not be intimidated by anyone.

“I firmly believe that my duty is to serve the people of the parish.”

Coun Robinson also aired further concerns surrounding police presence, The Bridge Hotel, the marina and the pavilion.

Coun Simon Booth responded before the vote took place.

He admitted it had been a challenge over the past year but hoped that the council would be able to move forward to completing plans which had been delayed by the pandemic.

He said: “The last year has been unprecedented times and it has been a challenge.

“The council has been criticised for not moving forward, especially with the pavilion, but now, with action taken and the lockdown restrictions beginning to be lifted, we can move forward.

“ I hope that we can move forward as a council.”

Councillors voted in favour of electing Coun Booth as chair for another year and also voted to re-elect Coun Anne Scarlett and vice-chair.

l Councillors voted against creating a new youth programme committee and a neighbourhood development plan.

However, they did vote in favour of creating a funding committee which Coun Terry York said was ‘essential to the running of the council and to achieve what we want to see’.

l Coun Jack Tyrrell, the new county councillor for The Suttons, was introduced to councillors and residents.

Coun Tyrrell thanked those who voted for him and said that he was there to serve everyone ‘whether they voted for him or not’. He also told councillors that his well known garden waste scheme will be available to residents in the village. He was hopeful that this would be available from the middle of June.

l Coun Chris Brewis informed councillors and residents that although Long Sutton’s branch of TSB had closed, a service is on offer in Market House every Tuesday between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

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