A councillor was kicked out of a public meeting after apparently trying to raise his concerns over post marked for individuals being opened by the council’s clerk.
Members of Arlesey Town Council unanimously voted to exclude Cllr Mick Holloway from a meeting after the chairman, Nick Daniels, claimed his persistence over an agenda item was ‘making a mockery of the whole meeting’.
Cllr Holloway tried to raise issues regarding how post is opened at the council during ‘matters arising’ at the meeting on July 3, and asked to have it listed as an item on the agenda.
However despite his insistence, he was refused and Cllr Daniels made a motion that he be excluded for disrupting the meeting.
Arlesey resident Steve Maddox, who attended the meeting, said: “Cllr Holloway brought it up and they wouldn’t let him talk about it but I thought councillors could ask for something to be put on the agenda which they felt strongly about.” Chairman of the town council, Nick Daniels, said: “All correspondence received at the town council office is opened by the clerk if it is not marked private as it can be weeks before councillors come back into the office. If it concerns important matters they will be informed.
“He was making a mockery of the whole meeting, I had no choice but to make a motion to exclude him. The vote was unanimous and so he had no option but to leave.” Cllr Holloway confirmed that he was forced to leave the meeting but did not