Councillor hands in resignation over planning decision

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A MEMBER of Daventry District Council has tendered her resignation from the planning committee after a development of 150 houses was approved near Brixworth – but did not have it accepted.

Councillor Liz Wiig, who represents Brixworth, was vehemently against the new housing estate but was unable to attend the planning meeting on Wednesday because she is caring for her husband, also a district councillor for Brixworth, who is severely ill with cancer.

Cllr Liz Wiig said her resignation had not been accepted by the committee chairman and she had been urged to reconsider.

A statement she had written expressing her opposition to the 150 houses was read out at the meeting by Chris Millar, the leader of Daventry District Council, but, as she was not there in person, was unable to register her vote against the application.

This turned out to be crucial to the outcome of the vote, as the nine members of the committee voted 5-4 in favour of the development.

If Councillor Wiig had been able to make the vote 5-5, it would have come down to the deciding vote of the chairman Cllr Steve Osborne.

Cllr Osborne said: “I spoke to Liz last night (Thursday) at length, urging her to reconsider.

“She was appalled by the decision of the planning committee but the only way she can influence these types of decisions is to be on that committee.

“She is very, very good at representing Brixworth, and I believe she is now reconsidering her decision.”