THE Conservatives have been rightly criticised for their management of Witney Town Council and its assets such as the Corn Exchange and West Witney Sports Ground.

Most recently they’ve come under fire for holding meetings in secret and excluding members of the public and the press. However, now it appears we have two town councillors who are consistently absent and fail to attend council meetings and events or any official business and haven’t attended for some time.

Councillors Nick Buckle and Steve Way clearly aren’t performing their duties and representing their constituents as they were elected to do in 2011.

This, after former mayor Louise Chapman was kicked off the town council a few years ago for failing to attend meetings.

Most recently, former Tory Steve Hayward was embarrassed into resigning from West Oxfordshire District Council, after thinking he could do the job from Thailand. If Councillors Buckle and Way aren’t interested in doing the job, could I ask them to please resign, so residents in their respective wards can elect new representatives who are? We certainly need some new blood and fresh ideas.

Early resignations would mean by-elections could be held at the same time as the European Parliamentary elections on May 22 at no extra cost to the taxpayer. Witney residents deserve better.

DREW CARTER Burford Road Witney