Petition to Fenland Council calls for resignation of leader John Clark “following an unprecedented breakdown in trust between him and the people of March and Fenland”

Cllr Clark (front, red tie) during the Estoverdebate at Fenland Hall last month.

Cllr Clark (front, red tie) during the Estoverdebate at Fenland Hall last month. - Credit: Archant

A petition calling for the resignation of Fenland Council leader John Clark has been put on the agenda for next Thursday’s meeting.

UKIP's housing spokesman Andrew Charalambas (fifth from right) with UKIP county councillor Alan Lay

UKIP's housing spokesman Andrew Charalambas (fifth from right) with UKIP county councillor Alan Lay and independent Fenland councillor Peter Tunley among those at Estover today. Mr Charamalambas was due to speak at a public meeting later on the future of Estover. - Credit: Archant

The petition – signed by well over the minimum 500 people to ensure it can be considered- follows anger over the future of Estover playing field, March.

The petition claims Cllr Clark should resign “following an unprecedented breakdown in trust between him and the people of March and Fenland”.

It calls for him “to resign forthwith” claiming he has “systematically broken pledges to the people of March to prevent housing development on a key public open space, Estover playing field”.

The petition claims Cllr Clark has failed to accept that his own council agreed there should be no housing in NE March under the Local Plan.


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Anna Goodall, head of governance and legal services, says in a report that “when considering a petition, the council has several options on how to respond including taking the action requested in the petition, considering the petition at a council meeting”.

She has suggested to councillors the petition is considered following another item on the agenda which will hear an update on the Local Plan.

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