Leigh residents reported to police by town council chairman in noticeboard row

The chairman of Leigh Town Council has increased the ongoing hostilities between the authority and townsfolk by reporting residents to police for criminal damage after they placed a leaflet on a noticeboard using “adhesive tape”.

Bernard Arscott has claimed Leigh residents damaged the noticeboard’s perspex covering as they placed a leaflet up advertising a meeting. He has since made a police report claiming it is criminal damage

However, town councillor Carole Mulroney has stated it “beggars belief” that police have been contacted.

It comes as an annual community meeting, originally arranged to be held in April, was booked for Friday after residents submitted a formal meeting request.

The meeting allows residents to quiz councillors on any concerns and they intend to present a petition calling for town councillors who were elected in uncontested seats to resign.

In response to the police complaint, Cllr Mulroney added: “I cannot believe it. A little bit of soap and water would take care of it. He is just making himself look stupid. It beggars belief.”

She added: “There is a petition online put up by the Looking After Leigh Group seeking members who were not subject to a vote and asking for them to resign and submit themselves for a proper vote.

“The meeting on Friday is the annual town electors meeting. It was in the programme for April 26 then it suddenly disappeared. Nothing was happening and it wasn’t being mentioned. Six electors can call for it and that’s what they decided to do.”

Mr Arscott claimed that residents had damaged the noticeboard by using an adhesive tape and now the notice has been published properly inside the noticeboard.

He added: “They acted in less than good faith and then went on to publish a copy and attached it to the outside of town council noticeboard.

“They have been removed from the outside of the noticeboard. They’ve been put on the noticeboard without any notification. The type of adhesive tape used has damaged the Perspex covering. A report has been made to police and they will be investigating criminal damage.

“The actual notice is now up within the council noticeboard.”


Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter