Storm erupts over Fittleworth flooding measures

FLOOD alleviation measures in Fittleworth have caused a storm at the parish council.

Peter Stenning has resigned in protest at the way the council has been handling the measures at High Trees.

Two other members have threatened to follow suit unless the issue is tackled.

Mr Stenning felt the council’s code of conduct had been breached by a fellow councillor with a prejudicial interest in the ‘Operation Watershed’ project at High Trees.

As chairman of the planning committee, he was also unhappy about changes to planning procedures.

The parish council had consulted the Sussex Association for Local Councils for advice and been assured that correct procedures were followed, but two fellow councillors nevertheless threatened to resign unless the matter was resolved satisfactorily.

It has now been agreed that further communications from residents of High Trees will be channelled through Mr Rapson or Mrs Garcia rather than Cllr Godfrey.

The departure of Mr Stenning leaves two vacancies and creates a hiatus in the work of the planning committee.

Mike Allin has agreed to take over chairmanship of the committee and David Brittain has joined the team.

Councillors registered their gratitude to Mr Stenning for his contribution to the village, not only on planning but in many other aspects, including maintenance of the bus shelter and children’s play area.