‘Furious’ councillor accuses council of “lack of decency” after mayor resigns

Cllr Steve Lugg

Cllr John Lewis

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A FURIOUS councillor has accused Ferndown Town Council of a ‘lack of decency’ following the resignation of the mayor.

Cllr Steve Lugg – who was until recently the town’s deputy mayor – spoke out after Cllr John Lewis resigned from his post as mayor seven months into the role.

The Rotarian, who has lived in the town since his retirement in 2006, has refused to confirm his reasons for leaving the town council mid-way through his mayoral year.

However, it is widely believed to be related to the management of the King George V charity, set up and chaired by town councillors.

Cllr Lugg and his wife Cathy, also a councillor, were away on holiday as a special meeting of the council was called to elect a new mayor.

He said: “I thank John Lewis for his work in the town as mayor, and regret his decision to leave the council.

“I regret the timing of the meeting, made as it was, to be held in both my absence and that of Cllr Mrs Lugg. There was no legal obstacle to leaving it seven days, but as deputy mayor I was not invited to give my opinion.

“My engagement with the Ferndown Jitsu Club before leaving for the airport on holiday last Wednesday was therefore our last in office.”

Cllr Lugg resigned after discovering he had not been given the opportunity to become the new mayor.

Cllr Pauline Reynolds has been made the new mayor until May 2014, while Cllr Mike Parkes has taken over as her deputy.

Cllr Lugg added: “I particularly regret the lack of decency and respect shown to my wife whom has been a fine deputy mayoress, but now finds herself out of a job. “Having carried out all manner of engagements standing in for the mayor from the Remem-brance Parades to working with Ferndown Blind Club, which we have thoroughly enjoyed, one might reasonably think that some respect remains in public life?”

Cllr Lewis, who represented the central ward and was a member of both the environment and finance committees, said: “I would prefer to keep the reasons for my resignation private.

“It’s my decision, and there’s nothing untoward about it.

“It’s just something I have decided to do.”

A former councillor, who served with the organisation a number of years ago, said Cllr Lewis’s decision to leave stemmed from a disagreement with the KGV charity.

“The management of that committee has caused some problems,” she added.

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2:06pm Mon 10 Feb 14

winton50 says...

Oh dear - looks like Ferndown town council are at it again
Oh dear - looks like Ferndown town council are at it again winton50
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Mon 10 Feb 14

simcal says...

The children are misbehaving, naughty step for all of them.
The children are misbehaving, naughty step for all of them. simcal
  • Score: -1

3:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Rabbitman64 says...

It looks like Slugg has thrown his toys out of the pram?
It looks like Slugg has thrown his toys out of the pram? Rabbitman64
  • Score: 2

5:54pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Stan Dards says...

Will the new Deputy Mayor be explaining his own issues? The comments he has made on Twitter about Ferndown residents and council meetings?
Will the new Deputy Mayor be explaining his own issues? The comments he has made on Twitter about Ferndown residents and council meetings? Stan Dards
  • Score: 2

11:53pm Mon 10 Feb 14

yet_another_one says...

These so-called Councillors should realise they are elected to serve the residents rather than pursue their own arguments or interests - something they have obviously chosen to ignore.
Cllr. Lewis's resignation has now stirred up all that is unsavoury at Ferndown Town Council, why are these elected individuals taking such drastic measures when it all sounds like nothing more than a storm in a teacup.
I was made aware why Cllr Liz Stevens was 'asked to resign' as Mayor a few years ago? My information came from a reliable source and sad to read all her outbursts published by the local gutter press whilst not being fully aware of the facts.
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These so-called Councillors should realise they are elected to serve the residents rather than pursue their own arguments or interests - something they have obviously chosen to ignore. Cllr. Lewis's resignation has now stirred up all that is unsavoury at Ferndown Town Council, why are these elected individuals taking such drastic measures when it all sounds like nothing more than a storm in a teacup. I was made aware why Cllr Liz Stevens was 'asked to resign' as Mayor a few years ago? My information came from a reliable source and sad to read all her outbursts published by the local gutter press whilst not being fully aware of the facts. . yet_another_one
  • Score: 3

12:15am Tue 11 Feb 14

ferndun says...

The new mayor and deputy were elected by a collaboration of the conservative clique within ferndown town council. The deputy mayor who had and may have the poorest attendance record within the town council fact has been elected via the back door. These individuals talk a good game but actually actively do very little. Actions speak louder than words. Cllr Lugg although slightly outspoken at times was a hard working individual for the people of ferndown and we need more like him rather than the individuals sat on the council for there own self importance. Interested in what the deputy mayors twitter may have highlighted!
The new mayor and deputy were elected by a collaboration of the conservative clique within ferndown town council. The deputy mayor who had and may have the poorest attendance record within the town council fact has been elected via the back door. These individuals talk a good game but actually actively do very little. Actions speak louder than words. Cllr Lugg although slightly outspoken at times was a hard working individual for the people of ferndown and we need more like him rather than the individuals sat on the council for there own self importance. Interested in what the deputy mayors twitter may have highlighted! ferndun
  • Score: 4

8:43am Tue 11 Feb 14

yet_another_one says...

ferndun wrote:
The new mayor and deputy were elected by a collaboration of the conservative clique within ferndown town council. The deputy mayor who had and may have the poorest attendance record within the town council fact has been elected via the back door. These individuals talk a good game but actually actively do very little. Actions speak louder than words. Cllr Lugg although slightly outspoken at times was a hard working individual for the people of ferndown and we need more like him rather than the individuals sat on the council for there own self importance. Interested in what the deputy mayors twitter may have highlighted!
I quite agree - the worst thing that happened at Ferndown Town Council, which is supposedly free from any party political involvement, was this group that called themselves Ferndown First. But, blame the electorate who will vote for anything that is tinged with blue rather than for anybody who is prepared to stand up and be counted.
Cllr. Steve Lugg has been a beacon of light in opposition to those who, most of the time, just turn up and either say or do nothing.
Care must be exercised when making Twitter posts as any undue comments can lead individuals into very deep water - whatever happened to freedom of speech?
[quote][p][bold]ferndun[/bold] wrote: The new mayor and deputy were elected by a collaboration of the conservative clique within ferndown town council. The deputy mayor who had and may have the poorest attendance record within the town council fact has been elected via the back door. These individuals talk a good game but actually actively do very little. Actions speak louder than words. Cllr Lugg although slightly outspoken at times was a hard working individual for the people of ferndown and we need more like him rather than the individuals sat on the council for there own self importance. Interested in what the deputy mayors twitter may have highlighted![/p][/quote]I quite agree - the worst thing that happened at Ferndown Town Council, which is supposedly free from any party political involvement, was this group that called themselves Ferndown First. But, blame the electorate who will vote for anything that is tinged with blue rather than for anybody who is prepared to stand up and be counted. Cllr. Steve Lugg has been a beacon of light in opposition to those who, most of the time, just turn up and either say or do nothing. Care must be exercised when making Twitter posts as any undue comments can lead individuals into very deep water - whatever happened to freedom of speech? yet_another_one
  • Score: 1

3:19pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Stan Dards says...

The new Deputy Mayor should have thought about Twitter before he wrote “Should have gone to Waitrose... Sainsburys is like the land of the living dead!” or “Tonight can be best described as a parody on the vicar of dibley #frustrating” about the council meeting when he was not elected as Mayor last May! He clearly doesn't like the commoners - telling in another of his Twitter comments writes “Train tickets bought for Sat daytime...2nd trip using public transport in 3 weeks, wot the hell is happening to me! Thank God for 1st Class!” Time for a NEW Deputy Mayor, perhaps?
The new Deputy Mayor should have thought about Twitter before he wrote “Should have gone to Waitrose... Sainsburys is like the land of the living dead!” or “Tonight can be best described as a parody on the vicar of dibley #frustrating” about the council meeting when he was not elected as Mayor last May! He clearly doesn't like the commoners - telling in another of his Twitter comments writes “Train tickets bought for Sat daytime...2nd trip using public transport in 3 weeks, wot the hell is happening to me! Thank God for 1st Class!” Time for a NEW Deputy Mayor, perhaps? Stan Dards
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Stan Dards says...

When the previous Mayor and Deputy Mayor were appointed last May, Councillor Parkes made it very clear he was not interested in the role, commenting on the popular media site, Twitter, “having done 15 yrs and being 2nd longest serving, could have done it some while ago...don't have the time atm :( “. (same time as his 'Vicar of Dibley comment). Changed his tune now with . “Hugely honoured to have just been elected Deputy Town Mayor of #Ferndown from now until May!” Maybe he suddenly has more time now, although the comment above about his poor attendance might suggest otherwise.
When the previous Mayor and Deputy Mayor were appointed last May, Councillor Parkes made it very clear he was not interested in the role, commenting on the popular media site, Twitter, “having done 15 yrs and being 2nd longest serving, could have done it some while ago...don't have the time atm :( “. (same time as his 'Vicar of Dibley comment). Changed his tune now with . “Hugely honoured to have just been elected Deputy Town Mayor of #Ferndown from now until May!” Maybe he suddenly has more time now, although the comment above about his poor attendance might suggest otherwise. Stan Dards
  • Score: 0

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