Councillor accused of ‘personal attack’ on town clerk

Town clerk John Wright

A LYME Regis councillor has been accused of launching a “personal attack” on the town clerk.

Councillor Stan Williams has raised a number of complaints about town clerk John Wright in public meetings over the past few months, culminating at this week’s Strategy & Finance Committee when he was told this behaviour “has to stop”.

The issue arose this week when the council was reviewing its Information Policy, which states that requests for information from the council office should be dealt with within 20 working days.

Councillor Williams said he had made several requests for information from the town clerk and never even received an acknowledgement.

This followed several comments made throughout the meeting and at earlier meetings, in which Councillor Williams has accused Mr Wright of not responding to requests for information or acting without permission of the council.

On each occasion, Mr Wright has argued that he always follows council instruction.

Following the latest comments, the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, said: “If any councillor has an issue about the effectiveness and running of the council offices, there’s a way of dealing with that.

“We have had repeats of this kind of comment and I would encourage you to follow it up in formal way.

Councillor Williams replied: “I will, I’m appalled at what’s going on.”

Mr Wright responded: “The questions from Councillor Williams have been a personal attack on me since the beginning of this meeting. It has got to stop.

“If Councillor Williams has an issue with me he should go and see the mayor. What you shouldn’t do is bring the office of the town clerk into disrepute and it’s got to stop, it is entirely unacceptable.”

Councillor Jeff Scowen added: “It reflects badly on us all, not only officers but members as well. It makes us look dysfunctional, which we are not.”

Mr Wright continued: “I have stated this on a number of occasions and training sessions, it’s not been heeded and it’s got to stop.”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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