CHESTER’S top civic figures found themselves confronted by a less than pleased former police officer.
The encounter took place at a meeting of the full city council.
The council has been evicted from its chamber due to £1.3m worth of repairs being carried out to the crumbling Town Hall and meets in the Assembly Room.
Councillors have microphones but have to rely on loudspeakers to enable them to be heard in the huge room.
The temporary press table is thoughtfully provided with its own speaker to allow the proceedings to be followed.
Trouble emerged when the formidable figure of Cllr David Hughes (Lab, Lache Park) rose to inform Lord Mayor Cllr Brian Bailey and managing director Chris Hardy he could not make out what was being said.
A former senior officer in the city’s police, Cllr Hughes believed the system should be switched off and councillors should rely on their own voices.
Cllr Bailey, in defence, regretted there appeared to be a problem but suggested it might not be possible to do something there and then.
He hoped, in mitigation, it might be possible to effect an improvement for the next meeting.