At last nights Corporate Property committee meeting the proceedings were marred by a personal attack on Cllr Adam Edsall, who achieved the highest popular vote in the recent Town Council elections. Linda Goss who attended the meeting published the following report of the meeting on her Facebook page and has given permission to post it here.:
There are also first hand accounts of a similar personal attack on me at the previous evening’s Planning Committee meeting which I could not attend, and therefore could not defend myself.
This behaviour is totally unacceptable and must be stopped through proper process.
I was shocked to see the lengthy, vehement attack on Cll Edsall last night from the previous town Mayor, Cll Rob Lyons.
The onslaught was filled with venom - expletive filled accusations and recriminations.
Completely uncalled for.
Cll Lyons let himself down very badly.
Having witnessed his presence on Dahaag, I learnt that he was, indeed, a good man.
But he obviously feels betrayed and bitter - his hopes and plans seemingly thwarted.
Whatever the reason for his behaviour, it was unacceptable and most definitely in contravention of Council rules.
It was witnessed by too many people to be swept under the carpet.
Councillor Edsall acquitted himself well, maintaining his dignity, listening (appalled) and not rising to the bait.
In my eyes, another sign that we have the right man for the job.
One of the reelected town councillors stated clearly at the start of the meeting, her fears about the the dominance of the DIG members on the Council
Her feeling was that this would prove to be undemocratic and heavily weighted in the favour of those members and their proposals for the town. Perhaps she feared a repeat of the last Councils clear habit of prearranging council decisions, positions and people?!
What all Councillors need to remember - including the DIG members who appear to be vacillating - is that the heavy proportions of DIG councillors and new Independents were voted in because the town wanted change!
Over so many issues, the old Council was viewed as ineffective and wasteful.
Dartmouth wants a more open and truly effective town council.
They want a council that will hear them and support their aspirations fairly and without bias - and without a whole load of silly nonsense!
Proper support for the return of their healthcare.
A Neighbourhood Plan.
Overdevelopment - per se.
Parking properly resolved!
Many, many issues HAVE to be properly addressed and considered and made to happen!
Dartmouth needs rejuvenation - with old and fresh new ideas, being pooled and actioned.
I know the new Council need time to get to grips with all the requirements of their job - and they need to be given time to do this.
They need to know fully about due process and all those kind of things - certainly if they want to modernise, improve procedures and introduce a much needed breath of fresh air.
With such an intelligent group, I believe they will uphold and respect tradition while making needed changes.
For me too, this Council has to remove all whiff of corruption.
For a town to doubt some of it’s old Councillors and question their motives and even suspect personal gain, is an anathema to me.
This must change.
I also thought last night that it will be vital for the current Town Clerk to fully reappraise her job.
It was clear that she does not have a complete grip on procedure and I gathered from the mumbling around me, that many are highly critical of her lack of knowledge and were watching closely.
Again, she is a really nice person but she is NOT a puppet and she really does have to know what her job entails!
I hope the undermining shenanigans around these Council meetings will cease and that people will embrace change.
For the good of the town, this Dartmouth Town Council must receive our support and trust, if they are to be able to fulfil their election promises.
Lynn Gunnigle Same old, same old they dont seem to realize it was the former council’s behaviour and lack of empathy for the Town and its people that started the wind of change in the first place .
One thing is for sure our refreshing new councillors make the old ones and their behaviour stand out for what it was… and what it still is UNEXCEPTABLE .
Paul William Reach Dave Cawley the reports I have seen show that Rob Lyons launched a similar personal attack at the Planning meeting together with implied criticism of the DIG group. This has to stop or the Town Council’s reputation will be dragged down by the actions of the re-elected councillors.