Doors slam shut on clerk's career
Friday 11 September 1992
Wrath descended on her when it was discovered that the chapel's new protective doors had been made from tropical hardwood.
This proved a serious matter in a town which returned 11 Green councillors at the last election. The Greens, vociferous protectors of threatened tropical hardwood forests, comprise the biggest group on the council and some have given Mrs Ashenford such a hard time she has quit her pounds 15,000 a year job.
In her letter of resignation, she wrote: 'I have been the victim of a campaign to undermine my personality. I feel this is an unacceptable intrusion.'
One conservationist, Ron Birch, produced a five-page document denouncing the doors, which he circulated to all 24 councillors and local media.
The town mayor, Jill Ingham, also a Green, said: 'He felt it was an example of the inadequate fumbling progress of this particular council . . . that we had a policy of using tropical hardwoods . . . and that there is no such thing as a renewable resource.'
Mrs Ingham said of Mrs Ashenford: 'She has been with us two and half years and worked extremely hard. I respect her reasons for going.
'There are people on this council who see these things in black and white; that no tropical hardwood should be used from any source. Some enjoy playing political games. There are others who don't give a toss whether we use orange boxes, oak or anything.'
Mrs Ashenford said: 'The doors on the chapel of rest have been an issue. But one group of councillors wanted a go at one another, Greens and non-Greens, and I became piggy in the middle.'
- 1 If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
- 4 Pansexual: What is it - and when did the term gain popularity?
- 5 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Auschwitz museum defends mist showers installed during heat wave after visitor complains they are reminiscent of gas chambers
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Nazi 'gold train': Fire engulfs suspected location of vehicle in Poland
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms
£26000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is a rapidly expandi...
£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is a rapidly expandi...
£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...
£30000 - £250000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker/ Trainee FX, Stoc...