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Attleborough Town Council still seeking clerk following turbulent 12 months




A town council plagued with controversy over the last 12 months has relisted a job looking for a town clerk – after failing to find any suitable applicants.

Attleborough Town Council appears to be having trouble finding somebody to replace Gina Lopes, who was sacked from the authority earlier this year following an internal investigation.

The job listing, which pays between £35,000 and £40,000 per year, was originally advertised with a closing date of April 23.

Attleborough Town Hall, where the council conduct their meetings.
Attleborough Town Hall, where the council conduct their meetings.

It has now been relisted, with applications invited by the new closing date of June 4.

In the listing, which has been posted on the council’s website, the ad says the council is seeking an “enthusiastic and self-motivated person with an interest in the local community to fill the role of town clerk.”

The decision to sack Ms Lopes marked a dramatic fall from grace. In 2018, she was named as the Norfolk Clerk of the Year by the Norfolk Association of Local Councils.

While the reason behind Ms Lopes’ dismissal is still unknown, it comes amidst a turbulent year for the council, which earlier this month was forced to issue an apology to two councillors after admitting it aired false allegations of “harassment, bullying and intimidation”.

In a public statement signed by mayor Philip Leslie, the council apologised to councillors Taila Taylor and Edward Tyrer for the bullying allegations against them – conceding that the claims were “false and wrong” and part of a “malicious campaign” to remove them from their positions.

The two councillors were dismissed from their roles following the allegations, but reinstated in July last year.

Councillor Taila Taylor was reinstated to her position after the town council admitted a number of procedural failings. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Councillor Taila Taylor was reinstated to her position after the town council admitted a number of procedural failings. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

CVs for the vacant clerk’s position are being asked to be sent directly to Cllr Leslie, who has made a pledge to unify the fractured council and make its dealings more transparent.



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