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Barry Rickman resigns as leader of New Forest District Council

Cllr Barry Rickman
Cllr Barry Rickman

THE leader of New Forest District Council, Cllr Barry Rickman, has resigned this afternoon (Monday) with immediate effect.

The decision by Cllr Rickman, a Conservative, follows his recent guilty plea at a hearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court to flouting environmental regulations.

NFDC said in a statement: “The deputy leader of the council, Cllr Edward Heron, will become the acting leader of the council until the council appoints a new leader at its meeting on 12th April.”

Cllr Rickman (63) admitted he knowingly caused/permitted a person to operate a regulated waste operation facility that dealt with the deposit, treatment and or storage of waste, without authorisation of an environmental permit.

His brother Robert (67), who gave his address as Rickman’s Scrapyard, Mead End Road, Sway, admitted a single matter of conducting/causing or knowingly permitting activity in contravention of an environmental permit in relation to the waste operation.

The brothers co-own the site, and the charges against both related to a period between 17th November 2017 and 9th October 2020.

The prosecution was led by the Environment Agency. District judge Richard Blake deferred sentence until 28th July so they could sort out problems.

Cllr Rickman had insisted last week he would not resign as he regarded it as a “private matter”.

The A&T has contacted him for comment.

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