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Mystery over missing councillor
AN ELUSIVE Bournemouth councillor has gone off radar – with even her colleagues seemingly unaware of her whereabouts.
Winton East residents hoping to get in touch with their ward councillor Anniina Davie will have a tough job – her mobile does not work, her address is c/o the Town Hall and she is not responding to emails sent by the Echo.
The last council meeting she attended was on December 18. She sent apologies for not attending full council on January 22 but failed to attend two licensing meetings in January with no explanation.
Conservative Cllr Davie is entitled to a basic allowance of £9,290.60 and an extra £1,764 for her role on the licensing board.
According to the electoral roll she was living at an address in Queens Park but there was no sign of her there when the Echo visited.
Local businessman Wayne Sheppard said: “I find it disappointing we’re not being represented properly. It’s so important that Winton has its voice heard, otherwise everything happens in the town centre.
“Plus, if someone’s being paid for a job then they should be doing it.”
Cllr Davie’s ward colleague Theo Stratton did not want to comment on when he last saw her, saying he did not know enough about her circumstances.
But he said: “All I can really say is my concern is for the residents and whilst I think they deserve all three councillors being on the case, for the time being they have got myself and Johann (Cllr Johann Edward) who are fully committed and prepared to fight whatever battles they’ve got.”
The other Winton East councillor, Johann Edward was unavailable for comment.
There had been rumours Cllr Davie had moved to Finland but Cllr John Beesley, the leader of the council and of the Conservative group, said he did not believe this was the case and dismissed it as “mischief-making.”
A council spokesperson confirmed the authority received post for Cllr Davie which was delivered to her house once a week.
David Harrison, principal democratic services officer, said the borough was not “unduly concerned” about Cllr Davie at this stage. He said any residents unable to contact her should contact either Cllr Edward or Cllr Stratton.