Five Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea councillors quit party after row

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FIVE prominent town councillors have resigned from the residents group they represent after a row within the party.

Couns Bryan Varnham, Steve Veasey, Anne Veasey, Ian Wild and Janet Cook no longer represent Sutton on Sea 1st Residents Association and Mablethorpe Independent 1st within Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council and will become independent councillors.

The group was formed last year along with Mablethorpe First and saw ten councillors win through in May’s elections, it has around 250 members and 40 to 50 regularly attend the association’s meetings.

But the five have now opted to quit the group.

Couns Varnham and Anne Veasey represent the Sutton on Sea South ward, Coun Wild is the Sutton on Sea North ward councillor, and couns Steve Veasey and Janet Cook represent Mablethorpe North and Mablethorpe East wards respectively.

A statement from the councillors said: “As independent councillors we are supposed to be able to represent all residents impartially without interference from other influences, but sadly this has not been the case.

“The sign of a good council is where all councillors put their party allegiances aside and work together for the benefit of all residents covered by that council’s area. Unfortunately this has not worked as well as it should have up to now.

“We intend to remain as independent councillors for Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton on Sea Town Council continuing to represent the people and interests of this area.”

At the time of going to press the Leader was unable to speak to anyone from the residents association.

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