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Voting rights are made clear after fraught meeting

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: July 06, 2012

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LISKEARD Town Team has issued a statement clarifying voting rights after controversy over the conduct of a public meeting to decide the future of the town's successful Portas application.

Town clerk Andrew Deacon and town councillors Katrina Dawe, Steve Barrett, Lori Reid and Rosa Mashiter all left the extraordinary meeting of Liskeard Town Forum due to concerns over the way business was conducted by vice-chairman Roger Holmes, also a town councillor. Following the walkout, chamber of commerce chairman Rik Jones resigned (see aside).

The forum's constitution says anyone voting must have attended three previous meetings, yet all members of the public were allowed to vote.

Mr Holmes said: "I have seldom enjoyed a public meeting more.

"The determination of the people to make their decisions free of arbitrary regulations was wonderful to experience."

In an e-mail to the members of the public, Sally Hawken of the Town Team wrote: "Roger Holmes, as chair of that meeting, did make clear why everyone was being asked to contribute, but there is a need for those with voting rights under the forum constitution (present for three previous meetings in the year) to agree the decisions."

The next forum meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 11.

"All are welcome to attend but only some will be able to vote on the governance proposal that will be presented," wrote Miss Hawken.

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