A TOURISM partnership that serves Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley is once again without a leader after its latest chairman was demoted, and then stood down from her vice chairman position.
Christine Ashford had been elected by members of the Chirk and Ceiriog Valley Partnership following a meeting held in July.
But at a further meeting held in Llanarmon DC last Tuesday (August 20), it was revealed that the earlier vote contravened the partnership’s constitution after there were not enough members at the July meeting to validate the vote.
Miss Ashford, who had returned to her previous role of deputy chairman with immediate effect, then announced her decision to leave the partnership on Thursday.
However, she added it was not a resignation.
She said: “The past few months have been turbulent and very politically motivated hence changes of chairs and inconsistency with secretaries.
“With a new secretary and treasurer it is time for the partnership to move forward hopefully voting in a new chair with vision and compassion for the work, supported by members who truly want to see Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley continue to be the jewel in the crown of Wrexham County Borough Council and are not parachuted in for their own vested interests.”
Miss Ashford, who had also been the group’s publicity officer, added she had had “no aspirations” to take on the chairman’s role, adding: “Afraid that responsibility is far too much for me but hope it paves the way for partnership members from Chirk to take on one or more of those roles and now releases me to continue my voluntary work.”
Miss Ashford had been the CCVP’s third chairman in two months after Chris Futcher resigned at the July meeting his predecessor, Steve Benbow, was ousted at the May meeting.
A new chairman will be voted in at the annual meeting in October.