Davison back as stadium chairman
ASHFORD Independent group leader Cllr Peter Davison, pictured, has bounced straight back as chairman of the Julie Rose Stadium Board.
He said the directors of the stadium company had invited him to continue in office – just a week after the controlling Conservative group said it wouldn’t nominate him as the borough representative.
Cllr Davison had described the council decision as “discourteous”. In a statement he condemned the decision not to nominate him as a council director as “petty, party-political spite” after one of his group ousted Ian Cooling, also a Julie Rose director, as a councillor for the Wye seat in the recent council elections.
He said: “To remove me after eight years of unpaid work, without concern for my achievements, performance and abilities, is a bad advertisement for new directors that the council hopes to attract for other projects.
“When I joined the board it was having a difficult time through lack of support. Since then we have hugely increased the range of activities and put the company on a sound financial basis.
“We are currently in a programme of development, introducing new events, new clubs and the commitments to become an Olympics pre-Games camp.”