New mayor claimed to be a "step back in time"

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: New mayor claimed to be a "step back in time" New mayor claimed to be a "step back in time"

MANNINGTREE's future is in danger of being "mothballed" it has been claimed after a former mayor was re-elected for the sixth time.

Councillor Lee Lay-Flurrie was mayor of the town between 2005 and 2010, but has now returned to the post for 2014.

She was elected last Thursday after former mayor of two years Kerry King stepped down.

But councillor Carlo Guglielmi, who was also proposed for the position but lost out three votes to four, branded the decision as a "disgrace".

"Actions will speak for themselves but I fear the worst for Manningtree, there will be no progression," he said.

New mayor Lee Lay-Flurrie defended the council's election process and said she would be working for the good of the town.

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9:44pm Sat 17 May 14

Renard says...

Well, Mr Guglielmi, that's what's called democracy - and I, for one, am glad that the better person won.

Having read the full story in the paper edition I find Cllr Guglielmi's outburst to be totally disgraceful.
Well, Mr Guglielmi, that's what's called democracy - and I, for one, am glad that the better person won. Having read the full story in the paper edition I find Cllr Guglielmi's outburst to be totally disgraceful. Renard
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10:26am Mon 19 May 14

Lawford Lass says...

I agree with Renard, not everyone is unhappy with the decision. I for one am glad Guglielmi lost out, I don't think he would be the best for Manningtree at all. His outburst just makes him look like a spoilt brat who is throwing all his toys out of his pram.... just another reason why he shouldn't have been voted in.
I agree with Renard, not everyone is unhappy with the decision. I for one am glad Guglielmi lost out, I don't think he would be the best for Manningtree at all. His outburst just makes him look like a spoilt brat who is throwing all his toys out of his pram.... just another reason why he shouldn't have been voted in. Lawford Lass
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3:54pm Tue 20 May 14

CookiMnstr says...

I would like to say that I agree with Cllr Gugliemlmi.

Having been born and raised in Manningtree I have seen the town change greatly. If we were to look back at the years the newly elected mayor was in office I think you would agree that Manningtree almost came to a stand-still. If I have read this article correctly and after discussing this with colleagues with no connection to the local area, who believe as I do that Cllr Gugliemlmi's statement is correct.

Why would someone that has already served and shown a record of stunting growth and development in the town be allowed back into a position of authority? What guarantees are there that Cllr (now Mayor) Lay-Flurrie will "balance old and new in the town"?

Taking a walk through Manningtree High Street on Saturday morning I stopped to take a look at the community noticeboard next to the library, and what did I see? Yes a comprehensive list of Councillor's names and accompanying photographs, but in truth (and I will apologise for this comment in advance) a bunch of 'old people'. If we are truly make Manningtree the "jewel of Essex” that Cllr Gugliemlmi (and that I agree with) can be then why does the town council not properly represent the town.
If I take you back whilst I was growing up in Manningtree, often I would hear my parents and grandparents speak of the town council and specifically Cllr (now Mayor) Lay-Flurrie. The would label both as ‘clicks’, or groups of people that were less concerned with the wellbeing and improvement of the town and more about their public image and self-advancement. Further instead of welcoming new people and ideas to the council to assist in improving the town, they were shunned in fear of it weakening already existing council member’s positions.
Now as an adult who is looking to start raising a family in the town do I want to have my town represented by a council that is stuck in the past and not interested in Manningtree’s future? In short NO. In response to ‘Renard’ and his comment of “…that’s what is called democracy” I ask you is it really? Is it democracy when a small tightly knit group vote for one of their own? If the council is to represent the town and to do the best for Manningtree why were the people of the town not voting for the position of Mayor? At this point I must be clear that I am unaware if this meeting was advertised and information about the candidates was made available. But surely this fact supports my argument…?
I can only speak for what I have seen of the two people in this argument and the truth is I Cllr Gugliemlmi has been for as long as I have known him (24 years) a pillar of the community not only in his capacity as a councillor but as a small business owner. Regrettably I cannot make a comment on Cllr (now Mayor) Lay-Flurrie.
In closing I ask what is really the issue here. Is it a case of a bad loser, well reading the versions of the articles online, and in different printed publications I feel safe I saying no. Surely this article has raised a valid point…

If the council is to remain relevant and to work in the best interest of the town and its people it has to be open to new ideas, new members and new leadership.
I would like to say that I agree with Cllr Gugliemlmi. Having been born and raised in Manningtree I have seen the town change greatly. If we were to look back at the years the newly elected mayor was in office I think you would agree that Manningtree almost came to a stand-still. If I have read this article correctly and after discussing this with colleagues with no connection to the local area, who believe as I do that Cllr Gugliemlmi's statement is correct. Why would someone that has already served and shown a record of stunting growth and development in the town be allowed back into a position of authority? What guarantees are there that Cllr (now Mayor) Lay-Flurrie will "balance old and new in the town"? Taking a walk through Manningtree High Street on Saturday morning I stopped to take a look at the community noticeboard next to the library, and what did I see? Yes a comprehensive list of Councillor's names and accompanying photographs, but in truth (and I will apologise for this comment in advance) a bunch of 'old people'. If we are truly make Manningtree the "jewel of Essex” that Cllr Gugliemlmi (and that I agree with) can be then why does the town council not properly represent the town. If I take you back whilst I was growing up in Manningtree, often I would hear my parents and grandparents speak of the town council and specifically Cllr (now Mayor) Lay-Flurrie. The would label both as ‘clicks’, or groups of people that were less concerned with the wellbeing and improvement of the town and more about their public image and self-advancement. Further instead of welcoming new people and ideas to the council to assist in improving the town, they were shunned in fear of it weakening already existing council member’s positions. Now as an adult who is looking to start raising a family in the town do I want to have my town represented by a council that is stuck in the past and not interested in Manningtree’s future? In short NO. In response to ‘Renard’ and his comment of “…that’s what is called democracy” I ask you is it really? Is it democracy when a small tightly knit group vote for one of their own? If the council is to represent the town and to do the best for Manningtree why were the people of the town not voting for the position of Mayor? At this point I must be clear that I am unaware if this meeting was advertised and information about the candidates was made available. But surely this fact supports my argument…? I can only speak for what I have seen of the two people in this argument and the truth is I Cllr Gugliemlmi has been for as long as I have known him (24 years) a pillar of the community not only in his capacity as a councillor but as a small business owner. Regrettably I cannot make a comment on Cllr (now Mayor) Lay-Flurrie. In closing I ask what is really the issue here. Is it a case of a bad loser, well reading the versions of the articles online, and in different printed publications I feel safe I saying no. Surely this article has raised a valid point… If the council is to remain relevant and to work in the best interest of the town and its people it has to be open to new ideas, new members and new leadership. CookiMnstr
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