Residents frustrated' after council meeting

PUBLISHED: 13:19 07 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:03 28 May 2010

A PARISH council chairman is being reported to an official watchdog over his conduct at a meeting. Benwick villagers are said to have left Tuesday s Parish Council meeting in an angry mood. About 30 villagers went to the meeting after Councillor Howard L

A PARISH council chairman is being reported to an official watchdog over his conduct at a meeting.

Benwick villagers are said to have left Tuesday's Parish Council meeting in an angry mood.

About 30 villagers went to the meeting after Councillor Howard Langford made comments, in this newspaper, about the lack of community spirit in Benwick. He said the village was going downhill.

Scout leader John Chelton said: "His attitude to the people of the village was absolutely disgusting. He shouted and screamed at people and tried to get into a slanging match with me.

"I asked for his resignation but he just closed the meeting.

"His attitude for a person who represents this community is beyond belief.

"I am making an official complaint to the Standards Board about him."

Villager Doug Rose said he believed Cllr Langford should have apologised for his comments and is calling for the resignation of all members of the parish council.

He said: "There are some good councillors but I find it unbelievable that a publicly elected body can behave in this way.

"I will be reporting him to the Standards Board because I personally feel he did not treat people with respect."

At the time of going to press Cllr Langford was unavailable for comment.

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