'Disenchanted' planning committee chairman is third Brixham councillor to step down
ANOTHER Brixham town councillor has resigned.
Planning committee chairman Cllr Nick Henderson, who would have been at the heart of the £20million Tesco application for the port, has thrown in the towel.
He is the third to do so in the last four months and the second in three weeks.
The independent councillor for the St Mary's with Summercombe ward said he had become 'more and more disenchanted' with the way the council was operating.
In a letter to fellow councillors, he said his main reason for quitting was personal.
But he added: "I always believed that we were a team and should act as a team. However, a few of you have continued sniping over minor issues which could easily be dealt with in the various committees we have but you have decided to make this as public as possible.
Cllr Henderson said his decision had nothing to do with some of the controversial issues shaking Brixham at the moment such as the proposed £20million Tesco.
He said he was in favour of the scheme.
He is the second councillor to resign in almost as many weeks after Cllr Gordon Boote also gave up his seat for the same ward.
Cllr Boote resigned after Brixham Town Council threw out plans for the Tesco store in the port.
He said he thought the authority was a pointless body which had not achieved anything in its six years' existence.
So far, no-one has called in an election to replace Cllr Boote. If it is not, then someone could be co-opted on to the council following a selection process akin to a job interview.
However, if either one of the two elections is called in, then each of them could cost the town council £10,000 to organise.
A spokesman for the authority said: "We don't know yet if we will be able to run the two elections at the same time.
"We are waiting for Torbay Council's returning officer's decision."
The third councillor to resign was Cllr Vic Ellery, who took up a post with the befriending charity Brixham Does Care in October. He was replaced on the council by Rosemary Clarke, co-founder of the Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore (BRATS) group.
Cllr Mike Morey said he hoped the two elections would be run on the same date or it could cost even more money to the town. He added: "It is sad. Nick worked very hard."
Cllr Chris Lomas said: "As chairman of Brixham Town Council planning committee, Nick should have been leading the debate on the town centre development as this is certainly the most important change to our town in recent years. He failed to turn up.
"Similarly, the golf club debate. Again no Nick Henderson and on both evenings. There will most likely be a by-election costing Brixham precept payers about £6,000 to £10,000."