Councillor: I was ignored

070520 b jan 30 news'Nick Harvey Hunmanby Public Transport Campaigner has produced some local bus timetables.
070520 b jan 30 news'Nick Harvey Hunmanby Public Transport Campaigner has produced some local bus timetables.
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A SCARBOROUGH councillor has resigned from his post after claiming he has been “ignored” by council chiefs.

Borough councillor Nick Harvey, Green Party representative for the Hertford ward, announced the shock news of his resignation yesterday.

Mr Harvey, who was elected on to the council in 2009, said he had “regretfully” tendered his resignation as he had been “keen to provide a high level of service to local residents”.

He championed several community causes, and played a pivotal role in the fight to keep Hunmanby Library open.

In a statement released by the Green Party, Mr Harvey said: “I promised people a weekly ‘pop in’ surgery and to take up all residents’ concerns and ideas in writing with the relevant authorities and to keep people who contacted me informed in writing.

“In November 2010 I copied a batch of unanswered letters and sent this to both the chief executive of Scarborough Council and the head of members’ services.

“Two months ago prior to the last full council meeting, I met with the chief executive, about unanswered letters; action was promised, but I have not been informed of any progress to deal with unanswered letters.

“I am finding it increasingly difficult. It is very frustrating having letters ignored. I work for a living, claim no council expenses and all I have asked for is my letters I write on behalf of local people to receive a reply.

“It is a basic duty of an elected councillor to deal with issues raised by local people you are elected to serve.”

Green Group leader Cllr Dilys Cluer called Mr Harvey “a tireless campaigner”, adding: “Nick has done a fantastic job, going beyond the call of duty in the amount of help he has offered to people.”

Arrangements will now be made for a by-election.