Masons linked to Petworth Town Council row

Petworth Town Council
Petworth Town Council

MEMBERS of the public have expressed their anger after ‘Masonic connections’ were linked to the current Petworth Town Council difficulties.

THERE is set to be a lively debate at tonight’s Petworth Town Council meeting.

It will start at the earlier time of 7pm in The Old Bakery in Golden Square.

In attendance will be a representative from West Sussex Fire and Rescue service, who will talk about changes to the fire service and how this will affect the town. Last year the announcement was made that one of Petworth’s fire engines would be lost in line with budget cuts.

Several members of the public expressed their anger after ‘Masonic connections’ were linked to the current town council difficulties.

In a letter to former council clerk Jean Huggett, Trevor Leggo, chief executive of the Sussex Association of Local Councils, wrote: “It seems to be that a number of former councillors, some with Masonic connections have come out to offer you support; at a human level this is understandable but the evidence is there to show that Petworth Town Council had a range of failings.”

One business owner said the reference to ‘Masonic connections’ was ‘deeply insulting’.

Mr Leggo added: “In his letter to me dated December 12, the former chairman Andrew Howard said ‘maybe the council deserved criticism for its management style’ - this is indeed the case compared with the approach by other small town councils.”