'Nothing sinister' about resignation, says former West Norfolk Council committee chairman
The former chairman of a West Norfolk Council committee has insisted there is “nothing sinister” about his decision to resign on the eve of today’s meeting.
Chris Crofts has stepped down as both chairman and a member of the borough council’s planning committee.
Officials confirmed his decision as the committee met in Lynn’s town hall this morning.
But Mr Crofts, who has led the committee for the past two years, told the Lynn News he had been considering stepping down for some time.
He said: “I did inform the portfolio holder [Richard Blunt] and the leader I was thinking about it.
“I’ve been doing it for 14 years and there comes a point in life when you have to hand over to someone else. There is nothing sinister about it.”
Mr Crofts, who represents the Emneth and Outwell ward, also maintained he knew nothing of any conduct complaints made against councillors in relation to planning matters.
The authority confirmed last month that it had received complaints relating to the conduct of some members in connection with development proposals off Southend Road, Hunstanton and Parkway, Gaywood. Investigations are thought to be continuing.
Mr Crofts said it was the role of the committee to make decisions on often contentious issues.
Carol Bower, who is currently listed on the council’s website as the planning committee’s vice-chairman, took charge of today’s session.