Clerk crisis

THE clerk of a troubled fledgling council has resigned after just four months. Peter Evans has handed in his notice to Letchworth Garden City Council, where he has worked since November. Speaking to The Comet this week, Mr Evans said: I just feel I m pro

THE clerk of a troubled fledgling council has resigned after just four months.

Peter Evans has handed in his notice to Letchworth Garden City Council, where he has worked since November.

Speaking to The Comet this week, Mr Evans said: "I just feel I'm probably not the type of clerk that this type of council requires.

"I've been there since November and it just started to get increasingly difficult.


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"It is a hard council to set up and I think they just want somebody who moves them onto the next step and I don't think that's me."

Mr Evans' last day at the council will be March 29.

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Letchworth Garden City Council (LGCC) was only established in May last year and had two temporary clerks before Mr Evans took on the permanent position.

Last month LGCC made the news over a row about a £600 advert placed seemingly without following the proper procedures. After the full page advert appeared in The Comet, council chairman Raymond Smale and vice chairman Philip Ross had their wrists slapped by Mr Evans.

In a report to the council on the advert, Mr Evans said that "councillors need to be reminded that per standing orders they have no authority to enter into contracts on behalf of the council".

Additionally, one of the five recommendations in Mr Evans' report was that Cllrs Smale and Ross were "formally reminded of their duties and responsibilities as councillors and chairmen".

The Comet tried to contact Cllr Smale to discuss Mr Evans' resignation but he was not available.

We were also unable to speak to Cllr Ross and to councillor Tony Wickham, the council's other vice chairman.

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