Campaign group set up in council protest

Kimberley chapel.
Kimberley chapel.

A campaign group has been set up to protest about the way Kimberley Town Council is being run – and is calling on the chairman to resign.

The Kimberley Residents Association – a group of 20 residents and ex-councillors – disagree with decisions being made and say the community will ‘suffer’.

Chairman of the group Darren Warner said he would stage protests if he had to, and said the town council chairman should step down in response to the public backlash.

“Surely he can see that there’s so much opposition to the way things are being run. And the right thing to do would be to resign,” he said.

The group is protesting about the council’s decision to sell Broomhill Lodge, and the way the renovation of the cemetery chapel is being handled.

Members are furious £11,000 is being spent on a consultancy firm to decide what to do with the chapel – when a team of builders, plumber and electricians had agreed to renovate it free of charge when Roy Plumb was chairman last year.

Mr Plumb said: “We had already identified uses for it, and had people lined up to do the work, and now they are spending ten per cent of the precept on a consultation. It’s ridiculous.”

Terry Syson said the way the council was being run was ‘disturbing’.

“Roy has been on that council for 30 years and I for 33 years and I have never seen anything like this. I’m disgusted. It’s very disturbing.”

The association is strongly against the sale of Broomhill Lodge - the 130 year old gate keeper’s house.

Trevor Rood said it was a ‘daft’ time to sell, and was convinced it was to get ‘quick money’ to make up for bad handling of council finances.

“No-one would sella property now unless they had to would they?,” he asked.

Shane Eaom said: “They are not community conscious. It’s like they are not aware of what they are doing. And the community is going to suffer,”

Darren warner said: “I’ve lived five generations in this town and I want to see things done properly.”

Council chairman Jim McDonald said residents associations in general were a ‘good thing to defend the interest of the community’, but did not want to comment on the details of the meetings.