Town council leader resigns

Daventry Town CDouncil launching its Personal Rapid Transportation plans for the town.'Pictured is Steve Tubb, Mike Fletcher and Ron Fox, all town councillors.'090219TC16'news
Daventry Town CDouncil launching its Personal Rapid Transportation plans for the town.'Pictured is Steve Tubb, Mike Fletcher and Ron Fox, all town councillors.'090219TC16'news
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The leader of Daventry Town Council has quit the role following a meeting which would have seen the position abolished in May.

A motion was submitted by Cllr Glenda Simmonds and seconded by Cllr Mark Wesley to scrap the leader’s role after the town council’s annual meeting. The motion at Monday night’s meeting succeeded, leading to Cllr Steve Tubb resigning from the post.

He said: “In view of the things happening at the town council, I am resigning from the position of leader with immediate effect from today (Thursday).

“In my humble opinion, I am seriously considering my position as a town councillor.”

He also criticised his fellow councillors for not voting to suspend standing orders and allow a member of public to speak about the issue of retaining the wardens and a heated debate about the leader position ensued.

Cllr Simmonds said at the meeting: “This is not a personal issue. I feel the leader role creates confusion as we have a mayor, deputy mayor and a clerk. There is no need for it.”

Responding, Cllr Tubb said: “This has come around for the third time in 12 months and I feel this is a personal attack.”

After the meeting a council spokesman said: “The council has not formally been advised of Cllr Tubb’s resignation from the role of leader, until we receive formal notification, Cllr Tubb’s appointment as leader is still valid.”