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Wymondham councillor quits for “personal reasons”

PUBLISHED: 10:40 15 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:40 15 February 2014

File picture of Andy Gardiner; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

File picture of Andy Gardiner; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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“There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough” – that was the response from a town councillor after he quit his seat following a series of arguments with his colleagues.

Andy Gardiner said he could walk away from Wymondham Town Council with his head held high after a challenging time on the authority.

In the past two-and-a-half years he led a fight against a controversial proposal to build an Asda on the site of King’s Head Meadow, the home of the Wymondham Town Football Club.

But he also came into conflict with his colleagues – he was even fined for threatening to ‘kill’ Mike Welton, a fellow councillor, last year.

The breaking point, he said, came on Wednesday, when he decided he had nothing to gain from being involved in local politics.

That followed a heated town council meeting about a week earlier, which was suspended after a reported row between Mr Gardiner and Wymondham mayor, Dianne Fernee.

Despite questioning from the EDP, Mr Gardiner remained tight-lipped on what exactly pushed him over the edge.

Initially he only cited “personal reasons” as the cause of why he resigned his seat but later went on to say: “Despite what you see from the outside, Wymondham Town Council is not Vicar of Dibley politics.

“There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. I think I reached that point on Wednesday afternoon.

“It was the culmination everything. I just reached a breaking point.

“I can walk away with my head held high. I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. I did my best for ordinary Wymondham people.”

He complained that he was not treated fairly on the council and claimed getting information from the authority was difficult. He said he was “treated with abject contempt” and added that he would “never go back to local politics”.

Mrs Fernee declined to comment.

What do you think about Mr Gardiner’s resignation? Write, giving your full contact details, to: The Letters Editor, EDP, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

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