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Former councillor fears Royal Borough is 'falling behind' over Magna Carta celebrations

Former councillor fears Royal Borough is 'falling behind' over Magna Carta celebrations

Philip Dewey

Former councillor fears Royal Borough is 'falling behind' over Magna Carta celebrations
Alan Mellins

A former councillor has called on the Royal Borough to 'seize the moment' when it comes to Magna Carta celebrations.

Alan Mellins spoke at the Royal Borough's leisure, culture and libraries overview and scrutiny panel meeting, of which he was previously chairman, last night.

The former Cox Green councillor resigned from his position with immediate effect in October after saying at a council meeting that a solution for removing travellers would be to 'execute them'.

He later apologised 'unreservedly' for his comments and said they were 'not to be taken seriously'.

Speaking at last night's meeting, Mr Mellins said he was concerned the panel were 'falling behind' when it came to organising land events surrounding the Magna Carta 800th River Relay event in June, which he had set up.

Mr Mellins said: "I know I am no longer directly involved with the project but if you are still following my original plans I set it up we are in danger of falling behind.

"I believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it's an incredible cultural event for us and the Royal Borough will be on show so I hope we don't let ourselves down by not seizing the moment."

The meeting took place at Maidenhead Town Hall.

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