Resident vows to corner Brent councillor who moved to Brighton face-to-face
PUBLISHED: 13:11 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 June 2013
Cllr Rev David Clues is accused of ignoring emails from locals in his Dudden Hill ward
A councillor who moved to Brighton eighteen months ago and refused to give up his seat has faced fresh calls to resign from a constituent who has promised to corner him face-to-face.
Cllr Rev David Clues, who left the borough and his Dudden Hill ward in December 2011 has come in for strong criticism for failing to give up his seat despite living 90 miles away on the south coast.
The former vicar at St Mary’s Church in Neasden Lane, narrowly avoided triggering a by election by attending his first meeting in six months last week meaning he can continue to claim his £7,974 allowance.
Under council rules councillors are expected to attend a minimum of one meeting every six months or face having to fight for their seat again.
But disgruntled resident Kierra Box, who says Cllr Rev Clues has not responded to any of her emails on ward issues, has called on him to resign and pledged to hand deliver her emails to him.
She told the Times: “He should have resigned when it became clear he could not be in Brighton and still be a councillor in Brent at the same time. It’s clear he is doing the absolute minimum by only attending one meeting every six months.”
Cllr Clues in now the vicar at St Bartholomew’s Church and Ms Box pledged to visit his vicarage.
She said: “Luckily I spend quite a lot of time in Brighton so the next time I’m there I will personally visit his vicarage to find out why he has been ignoring my emails. I find it very dishonest that we have a councillor who clearly doesn’t have the time to be in his area.”
According to the council’s official website residents are invited to contact Cllr Clues, who does not hold a surgery, by telephone.
When the Times attempted to contact him we were told the number was temporarily out of use.