A war of words over events at Bardney Parish Council has continued with surviving councillors claiming they were victimised by the former regime.
Ex-chairman Dawn McKenna and six other councillors have resigned in recent weeks, plunging the council into crisis.
Mrs McKenna claimed she had been the victim of ‘vexatious complaints’ and was left with no alternative, other than to resign.
Now, surviving councillors have hit back and claimed they had been victimised.
Councillor Terry Cash said: “It is fair to say there have been two sides in the Parish Council for some time now - an inner council and an outer council.
“We were on the outside and it didn’t matter what anyone else said or did. Whatever they wanted went through.
“Then, at a recent meeting, they just got up and walked out. They have left us in a right mess, trying to pick up the pieces.
“We can’t get into the parish office so we have no access to records, or anything else. The clerk has been off ill.
“There’s supposed to be a handyman but we don’t know whether he’s quit, on holiday or off ill. Jobs need doing. The dog bins are overflowing but what are we supposed to do?
“We’re trying to sort it all out and find a way ahead.
“No doubt they (the councillors who have resigned) are sitting back and laughing their heads off.
“They don’t care about Bardney.
“They might have resigned but they are still accountable for the decisions they made.
“This isn’t the end - far from it.”
Councillor Cash alleged he had been verbally abused in one parish council meeting by a member of the public and Mrs McKenna took no action.
He added: “People know what has been going on and it will all come out in time.
“We’re the ones who have been victimised.
“We want to do our best for Bardney but it’s like trying to work in the dark.”
Coun Cash said the council was planning to contact West Lindsay District Council for advice and support.
He claimed WLDC was aware of the problems in Bardney and had been previously contacted about various issues.
He added: “I know for a fact WLDC offered to help they (the ‘inner council’) didn’t want them anywhere near.
“It is wrong what has been going on. It’s not good for local democracy or for local council tax payers.
“We want to put things right but it is going to take time.”
There will be a meeting of remaining parish councillors next Thursday (October 17) at 7pm in either the village hall or the fire station. Members of the public are welcome to attend.