A STRETTON parish councillor has given up the role which he has held for eight years, as he says he can no longer work under the current chairman.
Brian Buxton walked out of the council’s monthly meeting following an argument with chairman John McKiernan over proposals to alter the system used in next year’s elections, which the chairman refused to put to the vote.
However, he told the Mail the authority had long been failing to deliver the service he thought the people of Stretton deserved, and the issue which arose on Tuesday evening was simply ‘the tipping point.’
Mr Buxton said: “There have been various times when I have felt the council has not served the people of Stretton as well as they should. The way it is being run does not suit me.
“We are a big council, and we have a lot of business and I think sometimes we act as if we are just a little village council, rather than a council for what I consider to be a suburb of Burton.”
One of his bones of contention relates to voting – something which he tried to discuss on Tuesday.
But council chairman Mr McKiernan said that under council rules it was a matter for the proper officer – the clerk – at the time of the next election, and refused to hold a vote.
Mr Buxton, of Hillfield Lane, said he thought that was ‘undemocratic’, but added it was the latest in a string of events which had made him think about quitting.
Mr McKiernon told the Mail he had been ‘surprised’ by the councillor’s actions, adding: “Brian is a man of strong views and I respect him for that. I’m happy with the way I chair the council.”
In July, Mr Buxton announced he was defecting from the Popular Alliance political party, which he had been a member of for some time, to UKIP
He said: “One doesn’t like leaving the council in this way, but I feel I was not serving the people the way I would like to serve them.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being of service.”