Police are called after tempers flare during Edwinstowe Parish Council meeting

editorial image

A parish council meeting descended into chaos tonight as councillors clashed with members of the public before the police were called.

More than 20 local residents were at Edwinstowe Parish Council’s monthly meeting in the village hall.

The meeting started at 7pm, but was closed by chairman Celia Brooks less than 15 minutes later when tempers flared over the newly-built skate park and the village allotments, for which the parish council and allotment association are wrestling for control.

As the floor was opened for the public to ask questions, several raised concerns over the skate park, with residents living nearby angry over the noise, anti-social behaviour and litter.

But the meeting boiled over when a local allotment holder was accused of slander by Coun Brooks after he said that ‘one member in the room was mentally unstable’.

As the speaker was told by Coun Brooks that his comments were unacceptable, other voices were raised and she quickly tried to close the meeting, asking the clerk to call the police as the shouting continued.

All members of the public eventually left the council chambers and congregated outside for a short time before dispersing.

No police officer arrived in that time.

One member of the public said outside: We’ve never been kicked out before, but it’s come close a few times. The parish council is just not listening to us.”