Not too long ago URPC was up to full strength with seven councillors. I am sure the whole village was relieved that with new blood and vigour, actions on various projects held in abayance could at long last happen.
However, I have just learned that one of the most proactive councillors has resigned: Martin Johnstone (Vice Chairman) this follows the Chairman (Marc Buffrey) only a month ago.
One can only speculate the reasons and I know it’s not parishioners that have caused Martin to make this momentous decision. It would appear that internal politics within URPC orchestrated by some individuals have caused this decision.
One can only guess what these people’s motives are, they are certainly not to help the village progress in 2018. I do hope Martin outlines why he has resigned in a letter that can be published in the public domain. Marc did notify us off the record, but I have never mentioned his reasons as a mark of respect for his wishes.
I would like to sincerely thank Martin for all his hard work since his stay as Vice Chairman of Upper Rissington Parish Council. He has been instrumental in communicating with the electorate and trying to move things forward in many areas.
The result of URPC shenanigans is that the village doesn’t receive any of the maintenance our extremely high precept should pay for, such as:
- Tree Maintenance has stopped since 2015
- Play Park refurbishment
Edit: Added below is the Resignation letter that was sent to Rissington Websites today.