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Call For TVBC Leader’s Resignation

Local businessman and county councillor, Tony Hooke, has called for the resignation of the TVBC leader, Ian Carr. [Read more...]
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Local businessman and county councillor, Tony Hooke, has called for the resignation of the TVBC leader, Ian Carr.

Cllr Hooke cited a list of reasons including the 4.1% increase in the council tax which was just 0.1% short of the figure when a local referendum that would have been needed.

He said: “I am sorry to say that Cllr Carr has been in the post far too long, become complacent, and consequently the town desperately needs a change in leadership.

Cllr Hooke also voiced concern over the time the Andover Summits are taking and the feeling that that the majority of the activity will come in the last quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015, in the run-up to the election for TVBC.

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Letter From Cllr Hooke

Dear Councillor Carr,

I write to you today requesting your resignation forthwith from the position as Leader of TVBC.

The reasons are as follows:

  • The Town Summit, which you instigated, is a total failure after 8 months. This was set up to rejuvenate the town. To date, , there are no improvements, and you have only today asked the public to comment on the ridiculous street furniture in the High Street
  • Spending in the Borough is out of control. Nearly £12 million spent over the last year, much of it needlessly
  • Almost £500,000 will be wasted on the Town Council over 4 years with few tangible outcomes
  • The Finance Committee is being run by an ex-officer of the council who is sitting on a reserve of approximately £75 million, which could significantly benefit the rejuvenation of Andover
  • The Scrutiny Committee is being run by a member of your own party, which is most unusual
  • The rates were raised by 4.1%, and you had to personally intervene, to stop 8 members of your own party voting against it and made them abstain
  • You are spending far too much time away from your post. You have just spent the best part of a month in your holiday home in Italy. You have also stated you will have an extended holiday in excess of a month later this year, as well as public and various other holidays. As this is paid leave, it is unfair on the public purse

Above all, the town and the industrial parks are rapidly deteriorating. No effort is being made to correct this situation.

Indeed it is the feeling of some that the majority of the activity will come in the last quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015, in the run-up to the election for TVBC.

The worst part of all this is that a number of your own councillors are whispering that you should go, but do not have the courage to state this publicly. They have asked me to do their dirty work for them.

The above, Councillor Carr, are strong indications that you have failed this town, and failed it miserably. I am sorry to say that you have been in the post far too long, become complacent, and consequently the town desperately needs a change in leadership.

I have no doubt that you will attempt to laugh this request off, and reassure your colleagues that all is well. Needless to say, I have pre-empted this move, and have pre planned a number of events which will lead to a significant loss of seats at the TVBC election in 2015.

Yours

Tony Hooke
Hampshire County Councillor

 

Cllr Carr’s reply can be seen here.

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  • Has Tony Hooke called for the resignation of Ian Carr in an official way, or just put the idea out there?

  • Would agree with Tony, positions like this are similar to CEO and the like, one 4year term with a view to a 2nd (like US presidents) and no more, fresh blood is what this town needs, not same old, same old!

  • I couldn’t agree more,the lack of results speak for themselves.The Town Summit has been an absolute joke,set up to appease an unhappy public and obviously nothing else,it promised much and has achieved nothing.In every other job you are judged on your performance and results,why should Cllr Carr be any different? His position needs a driven,dynamic and determined individual,not a complacent,semi-retired,waste of money!

    I think the least Cllr Carr could do is respond,does he feel he shouldn’t be held accountable? He can’t laugh this off,our town is not a joke.

    • Cllr Hooke refers to the forthcoming absence of over a month, which I understand is two months on the other side of the world. I know from personal experience in business dealings around the world, that it is almost impossible to schedule phone calls during “normal office hours” with Australian time zones, so he cannot possibly do his job from there. One would hope that his allowances cease for that period.

      And, I also hear that the planned cabinet meeting for mid July has been cancelled due to “lack of interest”. So, the cabinet are not interested in running the Borough? How convenient, in the middle of the summer holiday period, with elections a long way off.

      After the 14 years of his watch in which Andover has clearly deteriorated: town centre, industrial estate and services, in my opinion it is time for him to resign and admit defeat.

  • I think it only fair to both parties to publish Cllr Ian Carr’s written response within the same article.

    • Hello Debra

      We didn’t have Cllr Carr’s response when we published the original but we have linked each article. Also spoke to Cllr Carr yesterday and he was happy with the article we posted.

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