Town council still without clerk

WESTON Town Council is still without a clerk a month after Linda Larter quit and since her departure more staff have handed in their notice.

WESTON Town Council is still without a clerk a month after Linda Larter quit and since her departure more staff have handed in their notice.

Mrs Larter gave her resignation in February amid an ongoing employment wrangle.

In the last two weeks, Claire Townsend, the manager of Weston's youth café Barcode, and the town clerk's secretary Alison House have also quit their positions.

The Weston Mercury understands there has been a legal employment saga going on since last year which is the reason for Mrs Larter's resignation and she is now appealing against some of the decisions made by councillors regarding it.


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Councillors have agreed to appoint a temporary clerk who is expected to be in place by the beginning of April.

The Mercury also understands Mrs Larter now has a new job as chief executive at Seven Oaks Council in Kent, which she is set to start next week.

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Mrs Larter said: "It was with great sorrow and regret that I resigned from my position as town clerk but, for reasons known to the council, I felt unable to continue working there.

"I am in communication with the council regarding a number of outstanding issues that are yet to be resolved. In the meantime, I have to try to rebuild my life and career.

"At the moment I am unable to make any further comment."

Mrs Larter, who is married with two children, has been the town council's clerk since 2001.

Council leader Cllr Keith Morris said: "It is very regretful they are leaving.

"They are going for personal reasons between them and the council on which I cannot comment.

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