New mayor of Honiton pledges to unite splintered town council

PUBLISHED: 10:26 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 22 May 2017

Honiton mayor John Zarczynski.

Honiton mayor John Zarczynski.

Archant

His message comes after six members walked out on the trouble authority in the space of a week.

Honiton’s new mayor has pledged to unite the town council after a farcical few weeks saw six members quit the troubled authority.

Cllr John Zarcyznski was voted in as leader of the council on Monday - after a bid to dissolve the authority was blocked.

Now, Mr Zarczynski has now said he wants to bring the council closer together and drive the group forward.

Speaking to the Herald, he said: “The council has been through a very turbulent time over the past few years, and I must express my deepest admiration for former mayor Cllr Caroline Kolek.

“She steered the council through very difficult times having to rise above much unjust criticism by some with interests to undermine the credibility of the council in the press and on social media.”

Mr Zarczysnki was voted in as mayor a week after the council’s original choice, Ashley Delasalle, dramatically quit the authority.

In a statement read out at the meeting, Mrs Delasalle described the council as “broken” and “diseased with negative energy”.

She then quit on the spot and walked out of the meeting, at the Beehive in Honiton.

Following her resignation, five other members quit the troubled council - including former mayor Peter Halse.

Graham Smith also walked out on the council after his bid to dissolve it and appeal for every councillor to resign was blocked at an extraordinary meeting last Monday.

Now, Cllr Zarczynski is looking to patch up the council’s wounds.

He said: “My priority is to unite the council. I and my fellow councillors have a duty as public servants to get on with working for the good of the town and taxpayers of Honiton and not allow unjustified criticism to distract council from fulfilling its duty to the town.

“There was an upbeat mood during and after Monday’s extraordinary meeting with councillors clearly demonstrating their enthusiasm to working together for the good of the town.

“The foundation has now been laid for this new council to move on with serving the town and the taxpayers of Honiton.”

Cllr Zarczynski formerly served as Peter Halse’s deputy.

After losing his council seat in May 2015, he stood for re-election and won his place back on the council in October 2016.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

A disqualified driver from Axminster who misled police about her identity after her car broke down has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Read more

A tanker driver who may hold valuable information relating to a fatal collision in Upottery is being sought by police.

Read more
07:01

Sixteen world ringing records have been set in the bell tower since 1987

Read more
Yesterday, 16:44

Grafting workshop will ensure the 900-year-old tree’s genes live on

Read more
Yesterday, 15:23

An intruder has admitted carrying out an attempted robbery at a village post office where he was driven off by a brave teenaged girl.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

More committee members are needed along with helpers to run the Beer fundraising shop

Read more
Yesterday, 07:01

Some 80 people attended the evening at The Beacon and raised £200 for the flying medics

Read more
Wed, 17:53

A road was left blocked after a crash involving two vehicles in Axminster this afternoon (Wednesday).

Read more
Wed, 17:00

A popular home and kitchen appliance shop in Honiton is closing down next month.

Read more
Wed, 15:06

An application to transform the first floor of a historical building in Honiton into flats has been refused by district planners.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 3°C

min temp: -2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications