Kettering park friends chairman to step down

David Meagher is stepping down as chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park

David Meagher is stepping down as chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park

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The chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park is to step down from the role.

David Meagher became chairman of the group about five years ago, and said he is proud of the park’s achievements since then.

These have included winning Green Flag status every year.

However, speaking to the Telegraph this week, Mr Meagher said he had become concerned that the group’s relationship with the council had become strained.

He added: “I can’t put my finger on any one thing, although I have become frustrated as we have quarterly meetings with the council and the same issues crop up again and again.

“That once fantastic relationship appears to have broken down, and if that is a problem to do with me, then I thought it was best if I stepped down and let someone else have a go.”

Mr Meagher said he is the chairman designate of Weekley Rovers Football Club, and running the club’s 20-plus teams, plus his chairmanship of the Kettering Community First Panel, will keep him busy.

Cllr Michael Brown, whose All Saints ward includes the pleasure park, said he had been sad to hear Mr Meagher was stepping down.

He added: “I can’t comment on David’s relationship with Kettering Council, but he and I have always had a really good working relationship. I hope someone else can fill David’s boots, especially as they will be very big boots to fill.”

Guy Holloway, from Kettering Council, said: “David has made a significant contribution to the development of an award winning park. The council’s community services staff have for some time been in regular, weekly contact with him and have not been made aware of any perceived breakdown in communication on his side until last week”.

“Mr Meagher is often quick to point out issues that he is not content with and this reflects his passion for the role and we fully respect this.”