Wrong to walk away at this point

Roger Arthur was elected to represent the interests of the people of Horsham District on Horsham District Council.

As deputy leader, and the cabinet member responsible for the council’s budget and financial performance, he was in a unique position to serve those who elected him.

The council is in a very difficult financial situation at present. Income from investments and government is uncertain.

Further, Roger Arthur has been a part of setting the council upon a course where it will be considering outsourcing much of what it does to private companies, and in addition has created further uncertainty by proposing significant changes to the staff’s terms and conditions.

He should not be walking away from his responsibilities at this point because he disagrees with what his party is doing nationally.

We all may have reservations about some aspects of government policy but our job as local district councillors is to ensure that the district council serves the people of the district well.

He was elected as a Conservative to serve the district.

If he is neither a Conservative nor willing to serve the district to the best of his ability he should step down as acouncillor.

The Conservative Party must ensure that the next person who holds this post takes the role seriously and has the knowledge required to make wise decisions.

Dr DAVID HOLMES

Horsham district councillor for Horsham Park ward and leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Horsham District Council, North Street, Horsham