Sunday, 21 April 2019

Council ‘regrets’ loss of plan chairman

WOODCOTE Parish Council says a member’s criticism of a former colleague was a “minority view”.

It has issued a statement following the resignation of Geoff Botting from the council and as chairman of its neighbourhood plan group.

He was criticised at a council meeting in January by Councillor Peter Sudbury who said Cllr Botting responded “destructively” to conflicting opinions when chairing the plan group.

The council voted to invite him back but he declined.

In a statement issued this week, it said: “The parish council has every confidence in Dr Botting’s integrity, honesty and leadership.

“The decision to ask him to continue as chairman of the neighbourhood plan group was carried unanimously, including support from Cllr Sudbury who accepted his concerns had been addressed.

“It was with regret that the council learned that, due to these comments, Dr Botting felt unable to continue... [we] welcomed the declaration that he will continue as a member of the group so it can still benefit from his knowledge and experience.”

The group was set up to enforce the policies of Woodcote’s neighbourhood plan, which passed a referendum in 2014 and names up to seven sites where about 76 homes could go.

It is now being chaired by Councillor Malcolm Smith.

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