Hertsmere Borough Council chief executive, Donald Graham, dismisses councillor Steve O’Brien's call for his resignation

Watford Observer: Donald Graham, Chief Executive at Hertsmere Borough Council. Donald Graham, Chief Executive at Hertsmere Borough Council.

The most senior official at Hertsmere Borough Council has dismissed a politician’s call for his resignation.

Chief executive Donald Graham rebutted comments from Bushey North councillor, Steve O’Brien, that he should stand down over the council’s refusal to discuss turning the Fisher’s Field nature reserve into allotments.

Dr Graham told Councillor O’Brien, a member of the ruling Conservative group, that his "lack of support from colleagues [over the issue] should not be turned into an attack on officers."

He also said the possibility had already been "exhaustively discussed" and did not have support from other politicians.

Councillor O’Brien said Dr Graham should "look for another job" after councillors on the Environment Scrutiny Committee voted to overturn a decision to discuss the matter at a meeting on Thursday.

Today the chief executive responded saying: "The nature and future of Fisher’s Field has been exhaustively discussed by Hertsmere’s politicians, including Hertsmere’s Scrutiny Committee.

"Councillor O’Brien has previously pursued this matter via a ‘Call for Action’ after which the council agreed to continue with the nature reserve use.

"Officers have spent considerable time over several years responding to matters raised by Councillor O’Brien.

"The plain facts are that the council has considered in depth his representations over the years and decided to leave Fisher’s Field as a nature reserve.

"Councillor O’Brien’s disappointment at the absence of support from his colleagues should not be turned into an attack on officers. "At Hertsmere we pride ourselves in putting a great deal of effort into working positively and constructively with elected members.

"This will continue to be the case as both elected members and officers seek to do their best on behalf of local residents."

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7:32am Wed 11 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

Acidrainman wrote:
I wouldn't resign if I was in his position..... He's on mega bucks for being the biggest Muppet on Fraggle rock.....
Nice that Cllr O'Brien feels so confident that he can't be whipped into shape or brought before his party's penchant for kangaroo courts.
[quote][p][bold]Acidrainman[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't resign if I was in his position..... He's on mega bucks for being the biggest Muppet on Fraggle rock.....[/p][/quote]Nice that Cllr O'Brien feels so confident that he can't be whipped into shape or brought before his party's penchant for kangaroo courts. Cuetip

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