News in Maldon

Ed Garty is stepping down after 10 years as chairman: he is outraged at the FA and league decision

THE popular chairman of Maldon and Tiptree Football Club has stepped down following the decision of the FA and Isthmian League to "null and void" the season.

Ed Garty, who has been chairman of the club for 10 years – first, as Tiptree United and Maldon Town chairman through to the club as it is now – released a video statement through the club on his decision and the reasons for it.

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One thing I've noticed in the two months I've been back working as a local journalist again is the amount of online 'public consultations' there are.

I know, I can hear you sigh already, dear readers. Every time I write and post a story about a new online survey from an official body 'seeking your views' there are those who get straight on and take part – which is my aim – and those who leave comments to declare their belief that there's no point as they won't be listened to or heard in any case.

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Former council leader, Councillor Adrian Fluker

THE former Conservative leader of Maldon District Council has been barred from serving on any of the authority's committees or working groups for 12 months.

Councillor Adrian Fluker will also receive a letter of censure signed by the chairman as part of the sanctions against him, dished out by a meeting of the full council yesterday (Thursday, October 1) evening.

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Councillor Elaine Bamford

MALDON District Council (MDC) has this evening (Thursday, 1 October) decided on who shall act as leader until its Annual Statutory 'mayor making' meeting on Thursday, November 5.

The decision was made at a meeting of the full council after members were asked to ratify the Conservative group decision to put Councillor Elaine Bamford in the role following the sudden resignation of former leader Councillor Adrian Fluker in August.

However, since then the political balance of power at the local authority has shifted away from the Conservatives. Currently, there are two political groups at MDC – the Independents, with 12 councillors, and the Conservative group, with 11. This followed the resignation from the Tory group of Councillor Maddie Thompson.

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