Claims of bullying as councillor quits

Daily Echo: Cllr Tony Swain clashed over the seawater baths. Cllr Tony Swain clashed over the seawater baths.

A LEADING member of Lymington Town Council has quit after months of controversy over the future of the seawater baths.

Councillor Tony Swain, who was chairman of the seawater baths sub-committee, clashed with fellow Tories following moves to appoint an outside contractor to run the facility.

His decision to quit the council sparked allegations of bullying when the issue was raised by a former councillor at a meeting of the amenities committee.

Mike Thorp cited a decision taken by the authority last year when town mayor Councillor Jacqui England, an Independent, was replaced by Cllr Swain as chairman of the sub-committee.

Mr Thorp said: “The mayor was sacked as chairman and now we’ve had the loss of a superb councillor who was bullied by some of his colleagues.

A policy was devised behind his back while he was away on holiday. He’d had enough and I felt for him.”

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Michael White. He addressed remarks made by New Forest businessman Hugh Ambrose who has revealed his wish to run the baths.

Cllr White said: “He’s a little ahead of himself. Any submissions he has made will be reviewed in due course.”

Town clerk Steve Cridland confirmed that the authority had three “expressions of interest” in the site.

Cllr Swain launched an attack on a fellow Conservative, Cllr John Olliff-Cooper, after the decision to seek outside contractors to run the baths was taken last year. He claimed Cllr Olliff- Cooper’s “meddling” was threatening to ruin staff morale at the venue.

Cllr Olliff-Cooper made no comment during the meeting but later accused his critic of standing in the way of progress.

Cllr Swain declined to comment on his resignation. He will continue to represent Lymington on the district council.

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7:43am Fri 22 Feb 13

freemantlegirl2 says...

Some of these town and Borough councils would do well to think beyond' the usual suspects when encouraging people to be Councillors. They need to be more in touch with their constituents and the needs of ordinary people.
Some of these town and Borough councils would do well to think beyond' the usual suspects when encouraging people to be Councillors. They need to be more in touch with their constituents and the needs of ordinary people. freemantlegirl2
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9:52am Fri 22 Feb 13

Torchie1 says...

freemantlegirl2 wrote:
Some of these town and Borough councils would do well to think beyond' the usual suspects when encouraging people to be Councillors. They need to be more in touch with their constituents and the needs of ordinary people.
The current Mayor decided to stand for election on not much more than a whim and got elected as an independent councillor the first time she stood for office. At the first Council meeting she was offered the position of Deputy Mayor and became Mayor when the position became vacant due to illness. Ordinary people can decide to run for office as this demonstrates but the 'foaming at the mouth' type nit-wit (no names mentioned) that wants to tear down the establishment will have to settle for venting his frustrations on the Echo website.
[quote][p][bold]freemantlegirl2[/bold] wrote: Some of these town and Borough councils would do well to think beyond' the usual suspects when encouraging people to be Councillors. They need to be more in touch with their constituents and the needs of ordinary people.[/p][/quote]The current Mayor decided to stand for election on not much more than a whim and got elected as an independent councillor the first time she stood for office. At the first Council meeting she was offered the position of Deputy Mayor and became Mayor when the position became vacant due to illness. Ordinary people can decide to run for office as this demonstrates but the 'foaming at the mouth' type nit-wit (no names mentioned) that wants to tear down the establishment will have to settle for venting his frustrations on the Echo website. Torchie1
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10:08am Fri 22 Feb 13

skeptik says...

'Tear down the establishment?' In my case - no. It does need a complete clean up and changes need to be made. Do we need so many levels of administration from parish council, town,county. regional, parliament with two houses and the EU. The drag anchor of an 18th century political system with modern administration adds up to a drag anchor.
'Tear down the establishment?' In my case - no. It does need a complete clean up and changes need to be made. Do we need so many levels of administration from parish council, town,county. regional, parliament with two houses and the EU. The drag anchor of an 18th century political system with modern administration adds up to a drag anchor. skeptik
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10:46am Fri 22 Feb 13

Torchie1 says...

skeptik wrote:
'Tear down the establishment?' In my case - no. It does need a complete clean up and changes need to be made. Do we need so many levels of administration from parish council, town,county. regional, parliament with two houses and the EU. The drag anchor of an 18th century political system with modern administration adds up to a drag anchor.
With such conviction it's only a matter of time before the Echo interviews 'Councillor' Skeptic for their opinion, unless you too are an armchair politician.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: 'Tear down the establishment?' In my case - no. It does need a complete clean up and changes need to be made. Do we need so many levels of administration from parish council, town,county. regional, parliament with two houses and the EU. The drag anchor of an 18th century political system with modern administration adds up to a drag anchor.[/p][/quote]With such conviction it's only a matter of time before the Echo interviews 'Councillor' Skeptic for their opinion, unless you too are an armchair politician. Torchie1
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