Sunday, 19 September 2021
A HENLEY town councillor has resigned, saying he has had enough of colleagues playing politics.
Conservative Simon Smith, who was elected in May 2015 for his second period on the council and was a member of the planning committee, said he had made the decision with “some regret”.
In a statement, he said: “The reason is quite simply that in my opinion being a town councillor is a job, albeit a second one, that you should do to the best of your ability.
“Unfortunately, if you do not enjoy your job you cannot do that.
“Over the past few
“If I had felt I could remain a councillor doing the one area I really enjoyed, which was being on the planning committee, the only non-political committee, I would have, but that would not have been an option as official council politics would not allow that.”
Mr Smith, who lives in Mount View and works at Sainsbury’s in Duke Street, added: “Over the years I have really enjoyed and cherished my position as a councillor of this wonderful town and in particular the Henley in Bloom and planning committee.
“I would like to say thank-you to all those that have made it enjoyable, yet challenging, and also
His departure means the council now has eight Henley Residents’ Group members, six Conservatives and one Independent Conservative member.
It is not yet clear whether his resignation will trigger a by-election.
Town clerk Janet Wheeler explained: “We have to advertise the vacant position and if 10 residents in the
Councillor Julian Brookes,
“I think we have to just press on. These setbacks are as in any walk of life — when you least expect them. I did not expect Simon’s resignation.
“He lives in Mount View and he had good communication with the people around him, which I think was a valuable asset.
“We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Simon for his service.
“Throughout his time on the
“We will shortly be selecting our candidate to replace Simon.”
Councillor Ian Reissmann,
“In terms of a replacement there will either be an election or we’ll choose to co-opt and we’re looking at the various arrangements for doing that.
“I prefer councillors to be elected because that makes them accountable.
“At the same time an election costs several thousand pounds and we’d rather spend that on things that benefit the people directly.
“We haven’t made a decision yet but it’s likely we would want to contest it for democratic reasons. It’s right to offer the electorate choice.”
Mr Smith, who also served on the council from 2007 to 2011, has lived in Henley for 17 years.
He was made deputy mayor elect earlier this year but missed out on the job after HRG snatched control of the
Councillor Kellie Hinton, of HRG, became Mayor instead of Tory mayor-elect Will Hamilton after
In a further twist, Councillor Hillier was elected Deputy Mayor serving, just two years after she was mayor, and now serves as an Independent Conservative.
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