A town councillor has left the group he has been a member of since being elected a year ago. Councillor Jamie Evans, who was elected on to Cheadle Town Council as a member of Voice for Cheadle at last year’s local elections, has left the group.
A town councillor has left the group he has been a member of since being elected a year ago.
Councillor Jamie Evans, who was elected on to Cheadle Town Council as a member of Voice for Cheadle at last year’s local elections, has left the group.
He recently made the announcement through his Facebook page. He said: “I have decided to step away from the Voice for Cheadle on the council and become an independent councillor only, without the pressure being put on me on what I can or can not say.
“When I decided to become a councillor I wanted to be a voice for the people and council and do my all for Cheadle, and to challenge the higher powers.”
He went on to explain that he had been “interrogated” by fellow councillors after he had sent an email to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) regarding car parking in Cheadle.
He said: “I was interrogated by councillors who should know better.
“This was the final nail in the coffin for me as part of this group.
“I have aspirations to become Deputy Mayor and Mayor in the future and was told I am to young for this position, yet others before me were younger speaks volumes.
“I will be representing Cheadle as an independent councillor and will use my voice still and go against SMDC and others and any decisions that effect this town.”
When asked, by the Times & Echo, for a response to cllr Evans’ announcement, Cheadle Town Mayor Ian Plant, who is a member of the Voice For Cheadle group, said: “The Voice for Cheadle Group wishes councillor Jamie Evans well in his future role within the town council, his enthusiasm and youthfulness is admirable.
“He was elected to the town council as a member of our group all like-minded individual councillors and today hopefully remains an independent councillor, who will hopefully continue in striving for the betterment of Cheadle, without the constraints of any political party.”
Councillor Gary Bentley, who is also a member of Voice For Cheadle, added: “I met Jamie over 12 months ago, just before last year’s elections.
“I thought he is very passionate about the town, and I look forward to still working with him, whether he is a member of the group or not.
“I also think he would be ideal for the position of mayor or deputy mayor.”
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