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Meeting is suspended as tempers flare

Samuel Ward Academy students with some of the Christmas baubles they made for Frankie & Benny's

Samuel Ward Academy students with some of the Christmas baubles they made for Frankie & Benny's

FEELINGS ran high at Steyning Parish Council on Monday, ending in a group of residents being escorted from the meeting.

Skate park objectors were angry when public question time was called to a halt, following a number of questions from the floor on the subject.

As the council tried to continue with the agenda, Friends of Memorial Playing Field members and supporters got up to leave, saying they were not being allowed to speak.

The noise levels began to rise, before council chairman Phil Bowell suspended the meeting and eventually went over to usher them out of the room.

Clerk Sue Booth said: “There was a disturbance by a group of objectors and the chairman was forced to suspend the meeting due to intemperate and unpleasant language being used.”

The full council was updated on its skateboard facility by the working group, following the result of the Steyning parish poll, and councillors voted unanimously to continue with its plans for the Memorial Playing Field site.

In a statement issued by Mr Bowell before the meeting, he said: “We have a great group of youngsters in Steyning and they deserve the best we can give them.”

On Monday, the council made it clear it will continue to consult with the town and listen to concerns.

Other residents who remained at the meeting said the rest of the evening continued peacefully and several praised the council for remaining calm under ‘severe provocation’.

 

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