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Residents make 'decency' plea in Clenchwarton community pavilion project row

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A group of residents in a West Norfolk village has claimed community leaders lack “decency, integrity, transparency and humility” over a controversial development scheme.

The letter, signed by 19 villagers in Clenchwarton, follows moves to bring a vote of no confidence in the chairman of the village’s community centre project committee.

But the parish council claims the signatories’ views were not reflective of the wider village community.

The future of Clenchwarton's current Memorial Hall has been the subject of significant public concern in the village.
The future of Clenchwarton's current Memorial Hall has been the subject of significant public concern in the village.

Opinion has become increasingly bitterly divided over long-standing proposals to build a new community centre and sports pavilion in the village.

And the issue appears to have come to a head following the latest meeting of the project committee, a recording of which has been streamed on YouTube.

In it, previous suggestions that funding would be available from national sporting bodies were challenged by some of the group’s members.

One then proposed bringing a vote of no confidence in the committee’s chairman, Karl Tordoff, who had insisted money would be made available.

However, he then said he would resign before a vote could be taken.

The letter said: “We demand a change of direction. We want decency, integrity, transparency and humility back in local politics.

“We want this discredited, unfundable Pavilion Project dropped. We want a new Chair of the CCP voted in, and a proper consultation of the entire village.

“All voices from across the whole community should be included – so that we can come up with some brand new ideas for repairing or replacing the pavilion.

“Then we can go forward together and with confidence into a bright future.”

But a parish council spokesman claimed objectors to the CCP project were trying to “disrupt and delay” its progress.

He added: “There will be a vote on the new memorial hall to see if the village are happy to go ahead. This is the democratic way forward, that is what the meeting was for.

“The letter is 19 people out of 2000 and that is not a reflection of the village.”

However, a candidate standing on an anti-CCP platform was voted onto the council by almost two to one at a by-election in May.

He also claimed he had not heard the resignation on the recording and the council had not received a written one.

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