THE outgoing chair for Tywyn Town Council offered some strong words of advice for his fellow councillors in his final meeting before standing down.
Cllr John Boulter, who has presided over the council for the previous 12 months, accused some councillors of harbouring a “sincere lack of respect and trust for other councillors and their opinions”.
After suggesting it was an “honour and a privilege” to serve both the council and the people of Tywyn and expressing that he enjoyed the experience “in the main”, Cllr Boulter went on to chastise some of the council members at that latest town council meeting on 11 May.
He stated: “We as councillors are accountable to those who elected us at the last election and we should never forget this fact. Unless we work together as a team, no matter who chairs the council, Tywyn will not reap the rewards it so deserves.
“Yes, have your opinions in the chamber, have your disagreements but if you can’t agree, let democracy dictate the outcome and let’s move on. There appears at the moment a sincere lack of respect and trust of each other and their opinions.”
He went on to quote Nick Bennett, the public services Ombudsman for Wales, who recently warned Tywyn town councillors to “try to resolve any underlying animosity that may exist between them for the benefit of their community” and reminded elected members that they were there to “serve in the public interest and not to pursue private vendettas”.
Cllr Boulter “wholeheartedly” agreed with the ombudsman’s suggestions and hoped that the “comments will not fall on deaf ears” and that “what has gone on in the past remains in the past”.
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