Sta­dium board chair­man ousted by Con­ser­va­tives

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD -

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

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