Friday, 15 March 2013
Chris Wells Resignation from Broadstairs Town Council
Having been a Town Councillor since 2003, and enjoyed the experience, why have I chosen to step down now?
During my time as Town Councillor, the most important project has been the new Community Centre in Pierremont Park. Not because of the size of the project, nor the prestige that may go with it, but because the community life of a town is an important measure of self worth and spirit. Many in Broadstairs come to retire, and then live alone when a loved one dies, when the facilities which provide community support in the broadest sense of the term become vital.
We are nearer to completing this project than at any time in the previous decade. The District Council is finally properly committed and has approved a changed positioning; the Hereson site sale brings in another tranche of funding; and consultation last year showed a substantial majority in favour from those who responded.
I have therefore accepted an invitation to become both a Director, and Chairman of the Board, of the Broadstairs and St Peters Community Centre Trust
As I also fought to retain the gymnasium on the former Hereson school site; and am already a member of the group taking over The Memorial Theatre for community use as KCC leaves that site, involvement in this project, and how it will blend with other facilities, is, for me, fundamental to the future of Broadstairs.
I do not believe I can fulfil a leadership position on the trust and be a Town Councillor without risking accusations of conflict of interest. I have thus decided to leave the Town Council, at least until the community centre is built and open. Such is the poisonous fragility of District politics, that excellent projects can be damaged by small minded gossip and rumour. It is sad to note that generally, the Town Council has been free from the influences of District politics, just getting on with doing things residents want without rancour.
My resignation is timed to permit the calling of any election for the same day as the County ballot, which will mean a considerably smaller cost than running election for this seat alone.
I would like to formally thank Roy Dexter, his dedicated staff team, and Broadstairs electors for all their support over the last 10 years.