The Local Government Chronicle reports:
Embattled Northampton BC leader Tony Woods (Lib Dem) has stepped down from the authority’s helm following the so-called ‘Astragate’ affair. Cllr Woods was officially sanctioned by the authority for leaving his untaxed Vauxhall Astra in the authority’s Guildhall car park for more than three months earlier this year.
In a brief resignation speech, Cllr Woods said the incident was a “silly, trivial mistake” that had seen him subjected to a level of abuse not even serious criminals faced.
Local paper the Northampton Chronicle & Echo quoted Cllr Woods as saying he was “truly saddened” to be standing down from the helm of the council. “It’s a role I’ve come to love,” he said. “It’s been a massive challenge and I feel immensely privileged, but it’s now a role someone else must shoulder.”