Councillor ‘will resign’ over row about spending stance

Coun Malcolm Cresswell.
Coun Malcolm Cresswell.

Coun Malcolm Cresswell is resigning from North Sunderland Parish Council after disagreeing with the group’s financial stance.

The angry exchange came towards the end of Monday night’s meeting, during a discussion about traffic-calming measures in the village.

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said that the council had discussed purchasing flashing speed signs at a previous meeting, but had ruled this out for the time being, because the £10,000 price tag for two signs was ‘too much’, especially at a time when the parish council had to consider other potential costs, such as taking over responsibility of the toilets.

But Coun Cresswell said: “I don’t like what we are doing with our money and I will be sending in my resignation.”

After the meeting, he added: “I feel like we don’t do enough for the village. We have substantial funds, but they keep telling me that we will need cash for the future, because of things like the toilets. All we seem to be involved with is grit bins, seats and the cemetery.”

At the meeting, it was agreed to ask the police if they will carry out speed checks in the village.