A WAR of words has erupted between a newly-elected Conservative city councillor and his Labour counterpart.
Cllr Arthur Harada (Con, Lache Park) accused Chester City Council officials of neglecting constituents by not organising drop-in sessions within his ward where councillors could listen to residents' views.
But Cllr David Hughes, who also represents Lache Park for the Labour Party, said the consultation cut across ward boundaries and drop-ins at Handbridge and Westminster Park were an open to everyone south of the river.
Cllr Harada said: 'People in Lache Park and Boundary Park already feel neglected by the city council and this is just rubbing salt into the wounds.
'To try and give Lache Park residents more of a say in future I am starting a regular outdoor surgery, outside the shops in Saltney, on the first Saturday morning of every month.'
Overleigh county councillor Stephen Mosley added that it was 'a pity' requests for a drop-in session within Lache Park ward had been ignored.
But Cllr Hughes hit back. He said: 'Firstly I would totally reject as unfair and unreasonable these attacks upon the council and council officers, especially the officers who are unable because of protocol to respond themselves.
'It is what I have come to expect, over recent months, from this new breed of Tory which, in my view, appears to delight in misinformation designed to create dissension, uncertainty and friction between various communities, and to undermine good work within communities for dubious political purposes.'
Cllr Hughes, who is also chairman of Overleigh Area Committee, said residents of each area committee patch throughout the Chester District were being asked for their views and this cut across ward boundaries.
He explained: 'Lache Park is and probably has been the most consulted community within the Chester District.' email@example.com