A former Labour councillor has branded the leader of Burntwood Town Council “clueless” in a war of words over the development of the area.
Steve Norman made his comments after criticism of the former ruling group by current Conservative leader Cllr Richard Mosson.
The row broke out after Cllr Mosson had suggested the previous Labour ruling group had held back the town’s development in order to win votes.
But Steve Norman, who failed to win a seat in the newly-formed Summerfield and All Saints ward at the local elections in May, said the comments were wide of the mark.
“The new leader of Burntwood Town Council is clueless,” he said. “The one thing we always did as the controlling Labour group was speak to everyone and anyone to improve the town.
“Inevitably, that meant talking to the Conservatives at Lichfield District Council and the Conservatives at Staffordshire County Council, as well as businesses in the town.
“What his group did do for the last four years was to sit almost entirely silently and oppose, as I recall, almost nothing we did.
“The picture he paints has no basis in reality.”
But Cllr Mosson hit back suggesting that Labour’s record spoke for itself.
“During these four years what did Labour actually do and achieve as a controlling group?” he said. “I remember no new health centres, no shopping centres and no Neighbourhood Plan for that matter.
“Admittedly, we are a little slow out of the blocks with the Neighbourhood Plan, although I’m sure the public will forgive us as we are only six months into our four year term and have had to start again because you did nothing.
“As for talking to businesses, I seem to recall it was on of the Conservative group who was instrumental in setting up the Burntwood Business Community.
“But what do I know – I am supposed to be clueless.”