“I had to do the right thing for my electorate”: Kettering councillor resigns from executive committee over workload

Cllr Steve Bellamy.
Cllr Steve Bellamy.

Kettering councillor Steve Bellamy has resigned from the authority’s executive committee after an increase in workload left him unable to dedicate his full commitment to the role.

The former portfolio holder for housing, who was elected in 2011, has seen a boom in business at his small training company.

And he says had to step down and do the right thing in his quest to see council housing stock built.

He said: “The reason behind me stepping down is simple.

“Both me and the manifesto has a desire to see council housing stock built and there has been a lot of national and local policy changes recently.

“My business has taken off and it’s so demanding, I had to do the right thing for my electorate.

“People have taken the time to vote for me and I can’t stand there and look in the mirror and say I’m putting in the dedication needed.

“A lot of the executive meetings are in the daytime and that’s when I’m full with other commitments.

“I get paid an allowance for the cabinet role and it’s not fair on the taxpayer if that isn’t being put to use.”

The Conservative Barton Seagrave representative will continue in his role as a ‘backbench’ councillor and hopes to provide support to his replacement.

Cllr Bellamy added: “I’d love to take up a support function and help to provide my knowledge and help with the housing situation.

“We’ve come so far and we are so, so close to getting to where we want to be.

“We’re in a situation now where bungalows and special housing for special needs people could be built.

“It would make me very happy to see someone take on my dream.

“It sounds cheesy but I take great pride that people have put a cross in a box for me - there are people in other countries that would be killed for that chance.”