Biggleswade’s Bernard Rix blasts ‘waste of money’ Central Beds councillors during dramatic resignation parting shot

Bernard Rix

Bernard Rix - Credit: Archant

A Biggleswade politician has blasted four Conservative councillors for being a waste of money and failing to act in the best interests of the town – resigning from the town council in the process.

Bernard Rix, who had represented the Holme ward on Biggleswade Town Council since 2013, strongly criticised the ‘gang of four’ during his dramatic parting shot on Tuesday night.

His stinging condemnation was aimed at Central Bedfordshire Council members Maurice Jones and Jane Lawrence, who represent Biggleswade North, and David Lawrence and Tim Woodward, who are in office for Biggleswade South.

During his resignation speech given at a meeting of the town council, Mr Rix blasted: “As town councillors, we give our time for free.

“But our four Central Beds councillors together are paid more than £250,000 for their four-year term of office – what a waste of money.

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“If only they listened and acted on what residents are telling them – there’s a long list of areas where they’ve failed to listen and act.

“The town council – both staff and fellow councillors – has done its very best for the town.

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“But in reality we have only very limited power to make improvements.

“It’s Central Beds Council, not Biggleswade Town Council, which has the real power to create a better Biggleswade.

“And it’s Central Bedfordshire Council – or more accurately Biggleswade’s four Central Bedfordshire councillors – who fail to listen and act at a difficult time for the town.”

Mr Rix also mentioned his achievements in his time as a town councillor – including helping prepare a parking strategy for the town, establishing the Christmas lights and fair as major events in the area, and working with the King’s Reach action group to establish faster internet speeds.

But he also expressed fears about Biggleswade too, adding: “I’ve got grave concerns for the future of the town.

“We’ve had news a further town centre business, a café, is permanently closing its doors.”

Speaking to the Comet, Mr Rix said he would continue to do all he could to support those who want a ‘better Biggleswade’, but as a resident rather than a councillor.

A spokesman for Central Beds Council told the Comet: “This is not a story we would comment on.”

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