Saturday, 21 July 2018

Councillor resigns due to ‘boredom’

A WATLINGTON parish councillor has stepped down after 14 years.

A WATLINGTON parish councillor has stepped down after 14 years.

Roger Beattie, 66, feels the town has “lost its spirit”.

He said: “Fourteen years is a long time and I’ve just got bored with it.

“Every agenda is the same and it has just got to the point where I sit there for two hours and I think, ‘why am I doing this?’

“Watlington is losing its way in respect of lots of things — it has lost its spirit for people and the community. It’s very difficult to get anyone to do anything because it’s all paperwork and too many people are trying to make their own mark.

“I have other interests which I get more pleasure out of and it’s not a pleasure to be there.”

Mr Beattie, who lives in Shirburn, hopes his resignation will encourage some new blood on the council.

He said: “The council needs some young people so there’s more of a balance and it needs more females. We need some born-and-bred local lads.”

Mr Beattie is vice- chairman of the youth club and is working on plans to extend the pavilion to create a dedicated youth room. He is also involved in the Oxfordshire Play Association.

Chairman Ian Hill paid tribute to Mr Beattie’s contribution at a council meeting last week.

He said: “I would like to thank him for the many years of effort he has put in and I’m sure his contribution will be missed. I am pleased he intends to carry on with his youth work.”

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