July 28, 2015 Leave a comment
The fallout from the Place Scrutiny Committee 13th July is that the Independent Group is down one.
Cllr Stephen Aylen (Belfairs) has resigned from the Group. In his own words:
I have been elected to represent the residents of Belfairs and I can no longer do that to an acceptable standard to my residents under the independent group control.
I was forced to make a choice between my residents and supporting the leader of the council.
Supporting the leader of the council would I believe seriously affected the residents of Belfairs and adjoining areas.
Cllr Aylen remains in the Joint Administration, although whether he remains Chair of the Public Transport and Buses Working Party remains to be seen.
This leaves the political composition of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council as follows:
10 Independent Group
4 Liberal Democrat
3 Southend Independence
It is clearly a fractured picture, with Labour within touching distance of being the largest group in the Joint Administration. This will make next May’s elections very interesting.