TWO long-serving Bromyard councillors have resigned after raising concerns over the town council’s finances.

Mary and Alan Seldon say they stood down from their positions at Bromyard and Winslow Town Council because their calls for an in-depth audit of accounts were being ignored.

Councillor Alan Seldon, who will continue to represent Bromyard West at Herefordshire Council, said the audits conducted in the town were just doing the bare minimum required by law.

“I wasn’t given the assurances that nothing was a miss,” he said.

“I asked them to undertake an in-depth audit as I can’t remember the last time one was done.

“It is difficult to see what is going on with the council’s finances. To my mind it is not good for public money.”

But mayor Roger Page said the council adopted correct procedures.

“There were no queries on the internal audit during the statutory period and it then went to the external auditors and we got a clean bill of health.

“That was reported to the last council meeting and I couldn’t understand Alan’s problem and I still don’t.

“Frankly, I was baffled by where Alan was coming from.

“It was an unhappy period and in all other respects Alan assists the council and cooperates with us as a county councillor in an excellent way which is appreciated.”

The town council will consider candidates for the two vacancies at a meeting at 7pm in the council chamber on Rowberry Street on November 25.

Anyone wishing to be considered for co-option as a councillor for the 2019/23 term should contact the town clerk for an application form or download from their website.

Forms must be returned to the council by noon on November 20.