Resident's dig at council

PUBLISHED: 08:41 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

AN AXMINSTER man has accused the town council of double standards" after he was not allowed to speak at a meeting.

AN AXMINSTER man has accused the town council of "double standards" after he was not allowed to speak at a meeting.Paul Hayward, of Castle Hill, wrote to the council to say that while he had been refused permission to speak, at a later date another member of the public was allowed to speak outside the town forum.He wrote: "I can only come to the conclusion that double standards are being applied here and that there appears to be one rule for those on the mayor's favourite list and one rule for others."Is this something that I need to take up personally with Cllr Godbeer or with the Standards Commission, given that a precedent has now been created?"He went on to criticise the town council website, which he claimed does not appear on any search engine.He said similar searches for Chard, Lyme Regis, Seaton and Honiton were successful and questioned the council's modern advances. He wrote: "Is this the impression that Axminster Town Council wishes to give in this technological age, with the 'forward-thinking' ACE launch only weeks ago?"He called into question a number of the council's actions, such as the replacement of the pelican crosssing outside River Cottage, 'inadequate' size bins at the corner of North Street and Castle Hill and the issue of sandbags in the event of flooding.While some of the issues were addressed at the meeting, Mr Hayward did receive a written response as requested. However, he said the reply was insufficient and he would be writing again.

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