14 February 2023
The Bournemouth Daily Echo has published the response of BCP's Green Councillors, Chris Rigby and Simon Bull, to the resignation of the Conservative Leader of BCP Council. Drew Mellor. Chris and Simon said:
"We welcome the resignation of Cllr Mellor as leader of BCP Council, the writing has been on the wall but he wasn’t reading it.
"We have had bad policies put before us which have been unquestioningly supported by his party. The council now has a financial black hole and, we are of the opinion that all of the administration are culpable in the mismanagement.
"Over his term of leadership we have seen the council’s reputation damaged by frequent appearances in Private Eye. The national government – his own party – calling the BCP Conservatives beach hut plan dodgy.
"The timing, eight days before the council vote on the budget, raises questions and feeds into rumours of bankruptcy and a possible section 114."