Monday, 20 June 2011
'I don't recognise council ban'
The founder of Wecsam’s St Davids Day march says he does not recognise the ban imposed by Wrecsam council to stop him speaking at future events.
Mr Adam Philips states the council have no authority to ban him from the march as it is not their event. The ban along with the actions of Strategic Director Phil Walton in implementing it were previously called into question at Wrecsam councils Executive Board by Cllr Carrie Harper.
Mr Philips said: “As the founder of the event I don’t recognise the councils ban and fully intend to be speaking at the St David’s Day parade next year. That said, I do feel the heavy handed actions of Phil Walton in attempting to implement this restriction on freedom of speech do need investigating. He made false claims to the Executive Board in stating I did not reply to his original letter banning me from the event, I did in fact reply asking for a meeting and have a copy of that letter. Council staff responded to tell me Mr Walton was unwilling to meet with me.”
“I will be outlining all my concerns, including refuting the false accusations made against me to the Chief Executive of Wrecsam council. I hope they will take appropriate action and will now be concentrating my efforts on making next years event even bigger and better”.
Cllr Carrie Harper added “ I am concerned about the nature of the ‘complaint’ against Mr Philips given that we were told it was actually submitted by a Wrecsam county councillor. The complaint which was read out at a recent Executive Board meeting only referred to comments about the referendum on further law making powers for Wales. The original letter lists other issues such as Mr Philips comments on city status and a clenched fist salute during the national anthem. It was not explained to councillors who these other comments have come from. Mr Philips has made every effort to try and resolve this issue with the council for the benefit of the event but at the moment it seems they are unwilling to back down. "
“ I fully support Mr Philips statement that he doesn’t recognise the ban and intends to fully participate in the event he established next year. I’m confident the people of Wrecsam will also give him their support”.