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Eric: I'm back so just you watch out!
A VETERAN councillor is promising fireworks as he returns to the council chamber after a two-year absence.
Former mayor Eric White quit Upton Town Council two years ago after being unhappy with the way it had filled staffing vacancies.
But now, just months before his 80th birthday, he is back and promising to make an impact.
He said he has grown tired of hearing “people in Upton complaining about the council and what they are doing”.
He said he is concerned at a lack of transparency since the council axed its official sub-committees in favour of less formal working groups and with recent decisions about spending precept money and the way they have been carried out.
He also criticised councillors who spoke out over the state of Panes Garage in Hanley Road, calling for it to be repainted or enforcement action taken.
“That has caused a huge amount of turmoil in the town,” he said. “You cannot go around upsetting people by telling them what they should do with their own property.”
Coun White previously served for 14 years on the town council and a similar stint on the former Upton Parish Council.
Now he is back, he has vowed to be “my usual bolshie self”.
He added: “I think that there are problems with the way the council is being run that I would like to try and address. The general feeling in Upton is that there is so much being done that is not open. At the end of the day I could not bear to sit by on my hands any longer.”
Mayor Peter Webb said he looked forward to hearing Coun White’s opinions.
“One of the great merits of Eric White is that he says it as he sees it, does not mince his words and sticks to his guns,” he said.
“He brings vast experience and I think he could be a real asset to this council coming back.”
Coun White recorded a landslide victory in an election to fill a council vacancy held last Thursday.
He received 112 votes with Mike Morgan receiving 53, Susan Benson 38 and David Butcher 33. Turnout was 16.7 per cent.
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