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I'm ashamed to be a Stamford councillor

Divisions within the Stamford Town Council were exposed during a council meeting on Tuesday night when a councillor was booted off the committee of Stamford First.

Stamford First is a community group working under the auspices of Stamford Town Council.

It was formed to take responsibility for the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the community and will lead the process of creating the Stamford Neighbourhood Plan.

Coun Steve Carroll (Ind), the chairman of the Stamford Town Council planning committee, was voted onto the group’s committee during a town council meeting on May 17, however, his name was then replaced at a later finance committee meeting.

Confusion reigned on Tuesday when it came to ratifying the minutes of the May meeting and frustrations grew among councillors as the issue on how to legally remove coun Carroll’s name was discussed at length.

Mayor Max Sawyer's suggestions that the minutes be altered to exclude coun Carroll’s name was met with opposition by some councillors who argued that they should not be changed as they were a reflection of what happened at the May meeting.

Coun Bob Sandall (Stamford Group of Independents - SGI) finally proposed that the matter be added to the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting.

This was agreed to and a subsequent vote saw coun David Taylor (Con), coun John Dawson (SGI) and coun Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) named as the council representatives on the Stamford First committee.

A clearly frustrated Steve Carroll responded: “I’m ashamed to be a councillor at the moment.”

He repeated this several times and was reprimanded by Mayor Sawyer who asked him to remain “orderly”.

Contacted for comment, coun Carroll said he was disappointed with the outcome.

“I only have the interests of the community at heart and I think the ordinary man in the street will be worse off without me on that committee.”

A source close to matter said the decision was a surprise as there were no objections at the May meeting: “Steve is interested in issues which affect the wider community. I don’t think the rest of group is the same.”

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