Mablethorpe councillor brings curtain down on 22 years in local politics

Councillor Tebbutt.
Councillor Tebbutt.

MABLETHORPE Town Councillor Carl Tebbutt has resigned from his role with immediate effect, 22 years after beginning his career in local politics.

Citing other commitments as well as a ‘frustration and disillusionment’ with current council matters, the planning committee member has vacated his independent seat on Mablethorpe North Ward.

He has enjoyed four stints as a town councillor since starting out in 1989.

Sutton resident Carl says he has grown frustrated with a lack of progress the town council is making, constant ‘going over of old matters’ and a difficulty to get decisions through.

He tendered his resignation via a letter to town clerk Jennie Cooper.

He will now give more time to his two local businesses and involvement in grassroots sport as a referee, but maintains he will continue to be involved with local matters.

“I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find time,” said Carl.

“But it’s become impossible to work and impossible to do business.

“I find we keep going over old matters that have already been dealt with like the swimming pool. That debate is back and there’s this myth that the old pool was a fun pool. It wasn’t, my former wife and daughter learned to swim there and the fact is that if it was making profit it would still be running.

“I will miss it though, and it’s been hard telling people I won’t be involved anymore.”

Carl moved to Mablethorpe from the Midlands in 1975, and moved to Sutton on Sea in 2004. Since then he has worked tirelessly for the local area, including serving 11 years as Mablethorpe Carnival chairman.

But he remains cautiously optimistic about Mablethorpe’s future.

“For many years we’ve punched above our weight,” he said.

“What we need is some foresight and investment into leisure facilities to give the place a kick-start.

“But it’s difficult in the current climate and the councillors only have a short time to get it right.”

Town clerk Jennie Cooper added: “The council would like to thank Carl for all the work he has done during his service to the council, which has been long and interesting. He is never afraid of speaking his mind particularly if he felt any injustice was being done and his input into council business will be missed.”

The role remains open and an election could be called to fill the seat, if not the town council can opt to fill the vacancy.