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Brixham councillor quits over Tesco ruling

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

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BRIXHAM electors may face another costly by-election after a town councillor quit.

Gordon Boote (pictured below), independent member for St Mary's with Summercombe, resigned in disgust after Brixham Town Council threw out plans for a £20million Tesco store in the port. He said last week's extraordinary council meeting was the straw which broke the camel's back.

He said: "I'm pretty fed up with the council. In six years what improvements to the town have we done? We never achieve anything. We're just an expensive talking shop."

Fellow councillor Chris Lomas tried to persuade him to withdraw his resignation email which he had sent to council chairman Brian Harland and clerk Ki Barnes but to no avail.

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Cllr Boote, who was one of two councillors, with Chris Lomas, to vote in favour of the Tesco supermarket and housing project planned for the central car park site, claimed the 'anti' brigade had 'driven a stake through the heart of Brixham', by rejecting the proposal.

Cllr Lomas said if a by-election is called it could cost the town another £10,000.

Last autumn, the port went through the same election process when Cllr Vic Ellery resigned to take up the role of director of the Brixham Does Care charity.

Rosemary Clarke, from the Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore group, won the by-election. Clerk Mrs Barnes confirmed Cllr Boote's resignation had been received and she has notified the Torbay Council returning officer.

She said: "For a by-election to take place 10 electors need to call it in. If there are two or more candidates then a poll is organised. If there is only one person he or she is elected. If there is no candidate, the returning officer will invite the town council to co-opt someone."

Cllr Harland confirmed Cllr Boote's resignation and said: "I'm sorry he has resigned. I understand his reasons. I thank him for his hard work over the past few years."

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  • Oscar-Parrot  |  February 12 2013, 6:48PM

    Great stuff, one down, one to go.

  • BeattieBart  |  January 26 2013, 4:26PM

    It's a shame he resigned, I would prefer someone with a valid opinion to stick at it and keep resisting to the end! When we have a by election I do hope this time people will actually use their vote rather than let apathy determine the future of this ridiculous town council. If you don't bother to vote you are not in a position to complain about the result. I am not happy that a person with an obvious 'axe to grind' was voted in at the last one, and they are meant to be a representative of the people in their area? How does that work? Are elected people not meant to act for the good of the majority and in their interest?

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  • Mansands  |  January 25 2013, 2:22PM

    *Achieved*

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  • Mansands  |  January 25 2013, 2:20PM

    He said: "I'm pretty fed up with the council. In six years what improvements to the town have we done? We never achieve anything. We're just an expensive talking shop."........So Gordon you were quite happy to be part of the acheive nothing, expensive talking shop for how long? Did you not notice nothing was being acheived for SIX whole years before the Tesco vote! But don't you worry now, neither you nor the vocal BRATS minority would have any sway over the Tesco decision anyway.

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  • Mooresy84  |  January 25 2013, 1:13PM

    a bit drastic and a bit of a shame. Brixham need's councillors that are progressive instead of the regressive majority that currently sit on the BTC! Shame he felt he couldn't stick it out to give more of a balance - for Brixham's sake.

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  • Jungle_Jim  |  January 25 2013, 1:04PM

    Just to remind you, BTC don't have any power in this, their opinion is marginally more important than a member of the public's, so it's a bit of a case of throwing your toys away on a pointless principle. Odds are there are no material reasons why this development can't go ahead - so it will get approval from the planners anyway. Maybe they should have their allowances stopped Sid

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  • Ax0l0tl  |  January 25 2013, 12:38PM

    No one ever voted for Gordon... oh hold on, no one voter for any of the others either, except for the anti-Tesco councillor. Maybe Gordon should stand on an explicit pro-Tesco ticket and then we can have yet another opportunity to vote on the proposed development. And we can vote it down again.

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  • SidneyNuff  |  January 25 2013, 9:23AM

    Throwing you teddy out of the pram and quiting because you don't get your own way. Didn't he realise that a council is a democracy and you don't always get your own way. What good will he now be doing the people of Brixham sitting at home and sulking. Still at least he got his name in the paper which is probably all he was thinking about. Don't re elect a new councillor, you are better off without the self centred little darlings.

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  • tatxtal  |  January 25 2013, 8:53AM

    Childish behaviour, I don't want to play any more. Gordon you put yourself up to represent Brixham voters, now you have bottled out when things are not to your liking, well good riddance. The Town Centre fiasco, has been caused by Torbay Council's lack of common sense ,driven by greed. I for one hoped Brixham folk could sort it out. No chance with Children in the hot seat.

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  • trevoratxtal  |  January 25 2013, 8:43AM

    Childish behaviour, I don't want to play any more. Gordon you put yourself up to represent Brixham voters, now you have bottled out when things are not to your liking, well good riddance. The Town Centre fiasco, has been caused by Torbay Council's lack of common sense ,driven by greed. I for one hoped Brixham folk could sort it out. No chance with Children in the hot seat.

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