Dav­i­son back as sta­dium chair­man

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Mike Ben­nett

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.”

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