Council clerk resigns

PUBLISHED: 11:35 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

THE appointment of a temporary clerk has helped a fledgling council to vow it will be business as usual . Last month Letchworth Garden City Council s clerk Peter Evans resigned after just four months in the job. The council, which was formed last May, ha

THE appointment of a temporary clerk has helped a fledgling council to vow it will be "business as usual".

Last month Letchworth Garden City Council's clerk Peter Evans resigned after just four months in the job.

The council, which was formed last May, has now appointed Ted Bocking to fill the post until a permanent replacement can be found.

Philip Ross, vice chairman of LGCC, said: "We were obviously sad to see our last clerk, Peter, depart but we're very pleased to welcome Ted to the council.

Following his resignation Mr Evans said: "I feel I'm probably not the type of clerk this type of council requires."

"We've got a busy few months ahead of us, but we are sure Ted will be able to cope admirably."

One of the first jobs Mr Bocking will have is to organise the council's first annual town meeting, which is due to take place on Thursday, April 20.

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald will give a talk at the meeting and it will be an opportunity for residents to talk about issues in the town.

Topics for discussion include anti-social behaviour, the new town centre plans, housing development plans in the surrounding area and airport expansion.

Cllr Ross said: "It's your town. The aim of the meeting is to give citizens of the town an opportunity to have their say and focus the direction of the council over the next three years."

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and will take place in the main hall of the former Elim Church in Icknield Way.

o The saga surrounding the publication of an advert in The Comet by LGCC has taken a final twist. Council chairman Raymond Smale and vice chairman Philip Ross had previously received a rap over the knuckles for apparently placing the £600 advert without following the correct procedures. But at the council's meeting last week, councillors voted to set aside their previous criticism of Cllrs Ross and Smale. This followed a recommendation made by the outgoing clerk Peter Evans in a public letter to Cllr Ross, which clarified the latter's role.

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