Sacked councillors noticeably absent in the chamber as new leader takes control at Fenland District Council

19:42 08 May 2014

Cllr Alan Melton at Fenland Hall today

Cllr Alan Melton at Fenland Hall today

Archant

Three councillors closely associated with outgoing leader Alan Melton have been sacked from their positions at Fenland District Council by Councillor John Clark.

It emerged tonight that not only has Wimblington councillor Pop Jolley lost his Cabinet role, but Cllr Clark has also removed Chatteris councillor John Chambers as chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee.

Cllr Clark has also removed veteran Chatteris councillor Florrie Newell from the chairmanship of the governance committee which looks at financial and risk control.

The changes mean Cllr Clark can ‘reward’ March councillor Jan French – whose recent switch of allegiance saw a fresh challenge to Cllr Melton begin- with chairmanship of the overview and scrutiny committee.

And removing Cllr Newell means a partial return to the front bench for Councillor Kit Owen.

It was widely expected he might return as chairman of the planning committee but with an external review due to report in the next few days (which will be critical of the planning department’s performance) Cllr Clark is playing a wait and see policy.

There’s also a major role for Councillor Sam Hoy of Wisbech, appointed to the chairmanship of the conduct committee. Previous incumbent, Councillor Fred Yeulett and a close friend of Cllr Clark, is back in cabinet.

Those sacked by Cllr Clark were noticeably absent from today’s council meeting – including councillors Simon King, Jolley and Chambers. Cllr Newell was also absent but at home looking after her sick husband.

Other absentees today included Councillor David Connor of Doddington – who had been expecting a role in the new administration.

Cllr Clark was proposed as leader by Cllr Melton who thanked his successor “for the way he has conducted himself through this process. Democracy has shown itself to work properly within our group.”

Cllr Melton spoke of moving to a “new era; personally I would like to thank John for his kindness, courtesy and respect before and since last week’s leadership election”.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Yesterday, 16:44
Stephen Talbot

A former Cambridgeshire police chaplain has been has been jailed for possession of indecent images of children.

Yesterday, 12:21
Left: Tim Wildbore and Andrew Thornewell.

Inquests have been opened into the deaths of two men who suffered fatal injuries in a crash on the A10.

Yesterday, 08:20
Witchford Village College head teacher, Chris Terry

Pupil progress at Witchford Village College is “not good enough” in some subjects and the school requires improvement, according to Government inspectors.

Yesterday, 15:40
Cambs Election 2015 logo

The general election in May looks set to be a two horse race in this area according to a new poll produced this week on how people will vote on May 7.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition today E-edition