Stadium board chairman ousted by Conservatives
ASHFORD Independent group leader Cllr Peter Davison has been booted out as a council delegate on the Julie Rose Stadium management company, where he was chairman of the board.
The controlling Conservative group on Ashford Council instead proposed Cllrs Gerry Clarkson and Cllr Norman Ayres, who this week is standing down as mayor, at a selection meeting last week.
But the change brought a bitter objection from the sacked Cllr Davison. He said: “I took over the company when it was down and now it has become a great success and is in the middle of important development plans.
“I am disappointed and am not sure Norman [Ayres] has the skills or will get support of a board that will be unhappy with this appointment.”
But council leader Cllr Paul Clokie told Cllr Davison: “Our group regards the stadium as a golden asset and the administration has decided to appoint the portfolio holder and councillor for the adjacent Little Burton Farm ward. It is up to the board to co-opt you if they so wish.”
Strong support for the change came from Lib Dem leader Cllr Bob Davidson, in whose Willesborough ward the stadium stands.
He said he had not been kept informed of developments in the past, adding: “As the local councillor I would have liked some participation and not to be treated as an outsider by the board.”
It was an allegation refuted by Cllr Davison.
Norman Ayres, left, and Gerry Clarkson will be joining the Julie Rose Stadium management company
Peter Davison at the Julie Rose Stadium