Council 'ignoring' Weston over Clevedon move

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

AN ANGRY business leader says Conservative councillors have ignored Weston by voting in favour of closing offices in the town.

AN ANGRY business leader says Conservative councillors have ignored Weston by voting in favour of closing offices in the town.

Chamber of trade and commerce president Chris Knight says North Somerset councillors should have taken more notice of public opinion before agreeing the move to Clevedon.

He has been joined by opposition councillors and Weston's MP in opposing the £14.6million scheme to buy the former Clerical Medical building.

Mr Knight said: "This is a terrible decision for Weston.

"It just shows they're totally ignoring the views of everybody in Weston.

"They are ignoring businesses, they are ignoring the tourist industry, they are ignoring the unions and the residents."

Labour councillor Ian Parker, who voted against the plan, said: "I'm disappointed the Conservative councillors from Weston couldn't support their electorate.

"We don't know how many staff will be moved and there is still concern about that."

Weston Town Council had previously voted in favour of asking the unitary authority to delay the move.

But its leader Andrew Horler, who sits on both councils, voted in favour of the move and refused to comment on the result.

Town council Liberal Democrat leader Mark Canniford said: "This is a disastrous decision for Weston and could cause the town a great deal of harm.

"What I have seen is councillors from elsewhere voting for the interests of their areas, but most Weston councillors voting for their party.

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