A FORMER mayor of Pocklington has waded into controversy over claims that an East Riding councillor had his private driveway resurfaced using taxpayers’ money, labelling him “arrogant” and calling for his resignation.
Councillor Charles Bayram is at the centre of allegations that he used contractors working for East Riding Council to have the job done on his drive at his home in North Cave.
It comes just weeks after it was discovered the wife of Beverley MP Graham Stuart had similar work done for free.
Now former Pocklington councillor, George McManus, who is the chairman of the Beverley and Holderness branch of the Labour Party, has called on Coun Bayram to step down.
He said: “Clearly the national ridicule and disrepute which Graham Stuart attracted has gone over this councillor’s head. East Riding’s council taxpayers have paid for this tarmac.
“Councillor Bayram’s arrogance is only matched by his contempt. This sort of corrupt practice must end once and for all.
“He should resign now. If he doesn’t then Stephen Parnaby should sack him.
“This damages both the reputation of the East Riding Council and the Tory Group in particular. East Riding Council must now look at their contractual arrangements to prevent this sort of activity.
“If they are to retain any credibility, then swift action is essential.”
It is alleged that Councillor Bayram had the contractors lay the 40-metre driveway at his farm on Newport Road, North Cave.
He represents the Howden ward and sits on the planning committee.
He has been now been reported to the standards committee at County Hall who will decide if there has been any wrongdoing.
Coun Bayram claims that he was saving the contractors money by using the surplus tarmac, and that he did not even tell the workers he was a councillor.
Asked if he thought he had made an error of judgment, Councillor Bayram said: “No. They were looking for somewhere to put it and I said you can stick it on my drive if you want.
“I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong. Had I been a farmer, just a normal farmer, nothing would have been said.
“The problem is in the future it’s going to make it more difficult for sub-contractors to dispose of because people are going to be wary of accepting it because of all this fuss.”
The firm involved, Tarmac National Contracting, have since said that the taxpayers were not left out of pocket but have reiterated to their crews that all excess material must be brought back to the depot.