We heard last night that Toby Mountain, one of the Conservative councillors for Sweyne Park Ward in Rayleigh , has resigned from the Conservative Party Whip under the current leadership of Cllr Terry Cutmore.
It’s been clear for some time that various Conservative councillors in Rayleigh have been unhappy about various issues, and about the lack of discussion on some important topics. Toby was willing to speak up at last Full Council and say he couldn’t support the budget if it meant increasing car parking charges AND abolishing free Saturday afternoon parking.
Toby’s decision means he now becomes an Independent councillor, and the make-up of the council becomes:
Lib Dems 4
Rochford District Residents 2
It will be interesting to hear what Toby has to say in the council chamber on each issue.