Rotters oust founder Phil

PUBLISHED: 13:54 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010

THE founder of Otter Rotters has been ousted as a director of the community company, three weeks after standing down as managing director.

THE founder of Otter Rotters has been ousted as a director of the community company, three weeks after standing down as managing director.Phil Foggitt, of Feniton, was not re-elected at the limited company's annual meeting, despite being nominated.He was not re-elected by four votes to two during the meeting, held at St Rita's Conference Centre, in Honiton.Mr Foggitt told the Herald his involvement with Otter Rotters has now ended."I look forward to focusing my energies in new directions," he said."I have greatly enjoyed developing Otter Rotters as a community business over the last eight years and appreciate the warm support given me by the community at large. However, the last 12 months have been difficult and the service Otter Rotters provides has suffered in consequence." Mr Foggitt founded Feniton Community Composters, which became Otter Rotters, in 2000.The organisation grew to employ 13 staff and cover an area of 14,000 households. It has also diversified into timber recycling and developed an innovative, anaerobic digestion process for composting kitchen waste.Mr Foggitt added: "I am proud of our achievements at Otter Rotters and hope the service will continue. However, with the lack of support by the local authority and the loss of funding, it now faces an uphill task. Thus, whilst there is a lot of green-wash by politicians and green-tinged council strategies, this doesn't translate into much help on the ground."Otter Rotters director Mandy Jennings said: "Otter Rotters does not need a MD to carry on its community work and, as such, there are no plans to elect a new one."At this year's AGM two employee members were voted in, two existing members were re-elected for another term, one management committee member stepped down and one wasn't re-elected. "Otter Rotters welcomes new members and volunteers to enable it to carry out its work in the community.

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