Peter Critchard, a former mayor and member of Wellington town council for 17 years, has resigned. “It’s not been an easy decision and it’s for entirely personal reasons,” said Peter, who has been a councillor for Wellington East ward.
“I’m very proud of Wellington. My kids were brought up here and went to school in the town. And although I’m leaving the council I’ll still be working for the Lib Dems behind the scenes,” said Peter, 71.
He has frequently voiced the opinion that in raising the town council’s share of council tax to fund services formerly undertaken by Taunton Deane, residents are being unfairly subject to double taxation. However he is not standing down as a protest against that policy. “That’s not why I’m leaving,” he emphasised. “You don’t win arguments by walking away.”
Cllr Critchard’s departure is likely to cause a by-election in the town, although with only 11 months to run before the next full town council election there may be an option to co-pt a new member for the remaining term.