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Chaos at Attleborough Town Council deepens with dismissal of clerk



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A town council plagued with infighting and controversy over the last 12 months has sacked its clerk.

On Tuesday, Attleborough Town Council dismissed Gina Lopes, who was also acting as the council’s chief executive officer.

In a statement, the authority said: “Following a period of suspension and a subsequent investigation, the disciplinary sub-committee has unanimously agreed to end the employment of the clerk.”

The latest controversy at the town council comes a year after dozens of protesters stormed the town hall in Queen's Square.
The latest controversy at the town council comes a year after dozens of protesters stormed the town hall in Queen's Square.

It followed by saying that the now-vacant position will be advertised following a personnel committee meeting.

The decision marks a dramatic fall from grace for Ms Lopes, who, in 2018, was announced as the winner of Norfolk Clerk of the Year by the Norfolk Association of Local Councils.

The reasons for her dismissal have not been disclosed.

Her termination marks the latest development in a long-running saga of bitter infighting and turmoil at the town council, which has been beset by controversy in recent times.

Last year, a motion was put forward to oust councillor Taila Taylor and deputy mayor Ed Tyrer, who had been accused of bullying by other members of the council.

The saga culminated in police being called out as dozens of protesters stormed the town hall in support of the pair.

Councillor Taylor (pictured) later demanded that the entire council should resign.

Ms Lopes’ removal will come as disappointing news for mayor Philip Leslie, who, in September, said: “We barely get a mention on social media any more, when we were a hot topic of debate almost every day. I consider that a success.”



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