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“As long we can keep a town deal under the reins of the controlling parties then we could potentially dovetail a town deal into part of the plan and our town strategy. “Lichfield District Council are already liaising with LCP [London & Cambridge Properties], so in essence we are already up and running to a degree. “I agree that a plan of action in writing is a better course, I am sure we can all benefit from some positive press – county, district and town councils working together for the good of Burntwood, all Conservative led. “As long as ownership is retained by the controlling groups at all three tiers this can only help us win back those Burntwood North and South seats in 2017.”Cllr Mosson admitted he he had been “caught playing a little party politics” but insisted the Conservatives should be able to take advantage of any success they bring to the town. “Why would we not want to use the fact that we are working hard to deliver in Burntwood to win back the two county seats lost in 2013?” he said. “But hands up, I have quite clearly been caught playing a little party politics. But at the end of the day we all do it – I would imagine even Cllr Woodward has sent the odd email of a party political nature. “The email states that if we were to set up a town deal we would need to ensure that we keep it under the reins of the controlling parties. Is that not what you do when you are in control? “It was sent prior to an initial meeting between councillors from both sides which was held to discuss the proposed town deal. Nothing really came from the meeting as my group were already working closely with officers and in discussion with landowners. “The controlling group in Burntwood decided that a town deal was a distraction with no real traction. We prefer to just get on with things. Meeting after meeting just slows progress. “The town deal idea is just that – an idea. It seemed to appear out of nowhere after the controlling Conservative group at Burntwood Town Council arranged a meeting with a representative of LCP and all councillors, including Cllr Woodward, to discuss potential plans for two sites in Burntwood. “Therefore I ask again, what will it actually achieve over an above the good work which has already started?” But Cllr Woodward insisted the email showed a glimpse of the future for Burntwood. She said: “The town council has always been characterised by working across party political lines to do the best for Burntwood. Under Cllr Mosson’s leadership, this seems to have been thrown out of the window. “Personally, I feel more sorrow than anger, though others in the town may feel differently.” The Conservatives took control of Burntwood Town Council in the local elections earlier this year. Cllr Mosson has questioned the motives behind Labour’s decision to release his email. “The email was not sent or forwarded inadvertently by myself and was sent privately and in confidence to Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council and to two other parish councillors. “How Cllr Woodward obtained this email was no fault of mine and suggests there is a serious question about confidentiality here. “I think Cllr Woodward is still trying very hard to come to terms with the fact that they were crushed in May’s election. People were fed up of the same old faces who did, as I have said before, nothing.”