Outgoing councillor delivers damning verdict on Boston Borough Council administration

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OUTGOING borough councillor Brian Rush has delivered a damning verdict on the way the authority is run.

Coun Rush (pictured) has this week stood down from his Frampton and Holme seat, which is today being advertised by the council.

The Independent councillor issued a statement to The Standard explaining his move:

“In light of the recent news coverage regarding the council, and after many months of soul-searching, alongside recent worrying return of symptoms of a long standing health issue, I have decided to resign from my position as a borough councillor.

“I have reflected for some months now and I’m sorry to say that there are parts of the council which I feel are being run very badly.

“In my opinion this administration do not take adequate account of the views of the people of the borough, nor the councillors who are elected to represent them.

“There can be no real progress until genuine democracy is embraced by those in charge. Councillors have a duty to speak up for what the people want, and not succumb to party leaders.

“I have said many times there is no place for party politics in local government.

“That is the only way we will get control of our own destiny, we need to stand up to Lincolnshire County Council, our county councillors have let us down.

“This has not been an easy decision and I hope that people agree that I have taken my duties as a local ward councilor extremely seriously, and always performed to the best of my abilities.

“What has become apparent, however, is that not all other councillors share my approach. I have also been saddened that the change in administration in May 2011 did not bring the fresh dynamic that I believe Boston borough so desperately needs.

“I would like to pay tribute to the residents and unsung heroes on the parish councils of Frampton, and Kirton and Holme Ward, who have supported me throughout; and who I hope will understand my reasons for not completing my term of office.

“I did have every intention of staying in post for the full four years but there comes a time when you have to seriously consider whether you are making any difference at all. Sadly, I do not feel I am able to. It is also very important for me to thank the large number of staff who have helped me enormously during the last five-and-a-half years, although it will be no surprise that my highest praise is reserved for those individuals who do the most work, whilst earning the least amount of money.”