Tory councillor resigns over missed Council Tax.

Councillor Martin Veal has resigned his position as Cabinet Member for Community Services with immediate effect.

Cllr Martin Veal
Cllr Martin Veal

In a statement he says he has taken the decision

‘due to missed payments of Council Tax on a property I own. I was not a resident of this property, and reconstruction work was underway over an extended period of time, meaning nobody was residing in the property.

However, I accept full responsibility and these payments have now been settled in full with the Council.

Given these circumstances, I took the decision that the right thing to do was to resign from my position on the Council’s Cabinet.

I would like to apologise to both residents and colleagues for this oversight, which has now been fully rectified.

I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Bathavon North as their local councillor.  I do not intend to make any further statement on the matter.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Tim Warren will be temporarily taking over responsibility for Community Services until permanent arrangements are made.

A spokesperson said: “The Council would like to place on record its thanks to Councillor Veal for his hard work and service on the Cabinet over the past 2 years as a Cabinet Member. Councillor Veal will continue to represent his ward as a councillor on Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The Council says it will be making no further comment.