Monday, 18 December 2017

Vitriol back on the agenda at town hall

EMOTIONS were running high during the most recent meeting of Henley Town Council.

EMOTIONS were running high during the most recent meeting of Henley Town Council.

As rival members clashed over the proposed budget for the next year, the debate became decidedly personal.

Councillor Jane Smewing, of opposition party Henley Residents’ Group, gave a short statement explaining why she would not support it.

Councillor Dylan Thomas, of the ruling Conservatives, replied: “That was a great speech — I’m sure Councillor Ian Reissmann (HRG) helped you to write it.’

After criticism from Cllr Smewing and her colleagues, he apologised but then added: “I was disappointed in your comments.’



She replied: “And we are disappointed in yours.’

Towards the end of debate, Cllr Reissmann said Councillor Sam Evans (Con) had wrongly accused HRG of “bad accounting’ during the period they controlled the council, which ended last May.

He said: “I would like to make this clear and perhaps Cllr Evans would listen very carefully...’

Cllr Evans snapped back: “Unlike you, I don’t refer to my telephone when others are speaking — I listen to them.’

I recall that after the last elections in May, both sides said they planned to work together and be nice to each other. So much for that.



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