“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.

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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

9 comments

  • Terrible terrible shame. He was so much better than the ghastly assortment of Tory councillors that the poor town had to put up with. Still they voted that lot in so one could say that Wymondham has got what it deserves and will go on being the saddest town in South Norfolk (and that is saying something)

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    alecto

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • A pationate principled Independent, hounded out by the power drunk party politicians who saw their secretive plans to sell off Kings head Medow to some large retailer and break the back of small businesses in Wymondham, jeopardised by Andy Gardiner and massive support against such a move. He galvanised ordinary people and I hope that he has lit the Independent flame in others. Its sad to see that erstwhile friends stabbed him in the back and have now no comment to make. I wish him well in his new task of helping Wymondham Town football club.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • A pas.sionate principled Independent, hou.nded out by the power dr.unk party politicians who saw their se.cretive plans to sell off Kings head Medow to some large retailer and break the back of small businesses in Wymondham, je.opardised by Andy Gardiner and massive support against such a move. He ga.lvanised ordinary people and I hope that he has lit the Independent fla.me in others. Its sad to see that erstwhile friends st.abbed him in the back and have now no comment to make. I wish him well in his new task of helping Wymondham Town football club.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • it is sad to see the face saving censoreship here. Were is my comment?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Wymondham 's own Major was unopposed when voted in as a councillor. The next mayor will be Colin Foulger. The same who championed the building of the new health centre on allotments used by locals. Respect to Andrew for trying to change things, the town needs people like him on the council.

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    nathanp

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • A passionate principled Independent, hounded out by the power drunk party politicians who saw their secretive plans to sell off Kings head Medow to some large retailer and break the back of small businesses in Wymondham, jeopardised by Andy Gardiner and massive support against such a move. He galvanised ordinary people and I hope that he has lit the Independent flame in others. Its sad to see that erstwhile friends stabbed him in the back and have now no comment to make. I wish him well in his new task of helping Wymondham Town football club

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • So unfortunately Wymondham returns to the control of a panel of people who dont give a jot for the rights of the ordinary man in the street. I did not realise that Diane Hockeday had also stepped down, she was never too busy to visit people who wanted advice or needed help. I do hope one day that Mr Gardiner will be able to explain exactly what goes on behind the scenes! For now on behalf of my Dad who still lives in Wymondham I say thank you to both Mr Gardiner and Mrs Hockerday for their dedication to Wymondham which came at great personal cost. Hat off to you both.

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    Canary Boy

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • It's a shame that this news comes so close to councillor Hockaday leaving the council due to ill health. It feels like the council has lost two very valuable councillors that actually listened to residents and I hope the remaining Independent councillors keep the Tories in check.

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    Peter Ireland

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • A pationate principled Independent, hounded out by the power drunk party politicians who saw their secretive plans to sell off Kings head Medow to some large retailer and break the back of small businesses in Wymondham, jeopardised by Andy Gardiner and massive support against such a move. He galvanised ordinary people and I hope that he has lit the Independent flame in others. Its sad to see that erstwhile friends stabbed him in the back and have now no comment to make. I wish him well in his new task of helping Wymondham Town football club.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

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