A charity has been left upset after claiming a promise for the new Seaford mayor to keep them on was not kept.
Waifs & Strays was supported by Anthony White but he left before the end of his municipial year which runs until May on the grounds of ill health. The 40-year-old, who also stood down as councillor in January, told the Gazette he was ‘furious’ with the situation and that he was given a verbal promise by Cllr Franklin that the charities would be supported up until the end of the municipial year.
But Cllr Franklin disputed there had been any such discussion.
The charity’s concern arose when Councillor Mark Brown took over as mayor and announced he would be supporting Seahaven Storehouse (a food bank) and WAVES, based in Church Street.
A spokesperson for Waifs & Strays said they thought they were being kept on until Cllr Brown announced at the meeting his two charities did not include them.
They added, “We did not hear anything from Seaford Town Council at any point and we were actually becoming concerned and disheartened that we would in fact not receive the monies already raised throughout the year by Anthony White, for the two charities.”
The charity said to its relief it did receive the a letter from the council stating the sum of money raised during Anthony’s time as mayor would be split between them and his other charity, Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group. It recently received a cheque for £1,145.87.
Waifs & Strays said it was grateful to Anthony’s support adding, “A donation of that amount is extremely beneficial to the rescue’s plight to become a registered charity and the constant financial strain of everyday running.”
Paul Franklin, a Conservative councillor and leader of Seaford Town Council, said, “According to Anthony White’s press releases from memory, he resigned his position due to ill health and extreme stress and wanted to spend more time with his family, there was no agreement for his resignation, it was his decision.
“There was no discussion about his charities, I can say his charities will or have received the monies he raised.”
Cllr Brown added, “I chose these charities because they are Seaford charities and they compliment each other.
“One helps people who are having problems feeding themselves and I have a close relationship with them and the other supports disadvantaged people.”