Anne Turrell on stepping down as Colchester's iron lady

Why I quit as leader of council? I'm worn out all the battles

Why I quit as leader of council? I'm worn out all the battles

First published in News

ANNE Turrell chews her Nicorette gum energetically.

She has used it since 2007, when she gave up smoking after 40 years.

She shouldn’t, strictly speaking, still be using it, but then hers is a stressful life.

Anne has been the leader of Colchester Council for the past six years, since the so-called rainbow coalition, led by the Liberal Democrats, came to power.

She has steered the council through austere times, striving to balance the books as grants diminished before her eyes.

Now she is calling it a day.

On Monday, at the council’s general meeting, she will stand down as leader – although she will continue to be a member of the ruling cabinet.

It is not a decision she has taken lightly, but she said: “I am worn out – I need to get my life back.”

Read the full interview in today's Gazette.

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6:46pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I don't know anything about Anne Turrell but I'm sure there will be many who will tell us shortly how terrible she was at the job despite knowing very little about what it involves.

Being leader of any council must be an utterly thankless task, especially one which seems to suffer from in-fighting on an almost weekly basis.

Can't blame her in the slightest.
I don't know anything about Anne Turrell but I'm sure there will be many who will tell us shortly how terrible she was at the job despite knowing very little about what it involves. Being leader of any council must be an utterly thankless task, especially one which seems to suffer from in-fighting on an almost weekly basis. Can't blame her in the slightest. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 24

6:56pm Wed 11 Jun 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
I don't know anything about Anne Turrell but I'm sure there will be many who will tell us shortly how terrible she was at the job despite knowing very little about what it involves.

Being leader of any council must be an utterly thankless task, especially one which seems to suffer from in-fighting on an almost weekly basis.

Can't blame her in the slightest.
Oh shut up will you?
who was going to do the rotten job in her place then brain box?
martin hunt has taken over and look at the flak he is getting?
the grey suits and the teflon's dot listen to them on the cabinet, it goes in one lug ole and out the other, they quote this ad that law to get round the issue.
the councillors tell them they want X Y Z, the shoe shufflers ie the lackeys take no notice. no wonder nothing gets done.
why dont you put yourelf up Hicks along with Boris, Jephcott and Angry, you can use Dawson and the Womble as the enforcers of your ill thought out ideals and proposals?
it is all a complete utter load of testicles, that muddles along like some dads army picnic and has done so for many years.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: I don't know anything about Anne Turrell but I'm sure there will be many who will tell us shortly how terrible she was at the job despite knowing very little about what it involves. Being leader of any council must be an utterly thankless task, especially one which seems to suffer from in-fighting on an almost weekly basis. Can't blame her in the slightest.[/p][/quote]Oh shut up will you? who was going to do the rotten job in her place then brain box? martin hunt has taken over and look at the flak he is getting? the grey suits and the teflon's dot listen to them on the cabinet, it goes in one lug ole and out the other, they quote this ad that law to get round the issue. the councillors tell them they want X Y Z, the shoe shufflers ie the lackeys take no notice. no wonder nothing gets done. why dont you put yourelf up Hicks along with Boris, Jephcott and Angry, you can use Dawson and the Womble as the enforcers of your ill thought out ideals and proposals? it is all a complete utter load of testicles, that muddles along like some dads army picnic and has done so for many years. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: -20

8:57pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

TheBrotherhoodOfTheB
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Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
I don't know anything about Anne Turrell but I'm sure there will be many who will tell us shortly how terrible she was at the job despite knowing very little about what it involves.

Being leader of any council must be an utterly thankless task, especially one which seems to suffer from in-fighting on an almost weekly basis.

Can't blame her in the slightest.
Oh shut up will you?
who was going to do the rotten job in her place then brain box?
martin hunt has taken over and look at the flak he is getting?
the grey suits and the teflon's dot listen to them on the cabinet, it goes in one lug ole and out the other, they quote this ad that law to get round the issue.
the councillors tell them they want X Y Z, the shoe shufflers ie the lackeys take no notice. no wonder nothing gets done.
why dont you put yourelf up Hicks along with Boris, Jephcott and Angry, you can use Dawson and the Womble as the enforcers of your ill thought out ideals and proposals?
it is all a complete utter load of testicles, that muddles along like some dads army picnic and has done so for many years.
Did you even read my comment?

Note my point about in-fighting. I've also previously said it's a job I wouldn't want to do.

I support Martin Hunt (someone I've known personally for some 25 years) taking on the role.
[quote][p][bold]TheBrotherhoodOfTheB ell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: I don't know anything about Anne Turrell but I'm sure there will be many who will tell us shortly how terrible she was at the job despite knowing very little about what it involves. Being leader of any council must be an utterly thankless task, especially one which seems to suffer from in-fighting on an almost weekly basis. Can't blame her in the slightest.[/p][/quote]Oh shut up will you? who was going to do the rotten job in her place then brain box? martin hunt has taken over and look at the flak he is getting? the grey suits and the teflon's dot listen to them on the cabinet, it goes in one lug ole and out the other, they quote this ad that law to get round the issue. the councillors tell them they want X Y Z, the shoe shufflers ie the lackeys take no notice. no wonder nothing gets done. why dont you put yourelf up Hicks along with Boris, Jephcott and Angry, you can use Dawson and the Womble as the enforcers of your ill thought out ideals and proposals? it is all a complete utter load of testicles, that muddles along like some dads army picnic and has done so for many years.[/p][/quote]Did you even read my comment? Note my point about in-fighting. I've also previously said it's a job I wouldn't want to do. I support Martin Hunt (someone I've known personally for some 25 years) taking on the role. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 14

9:15pm Wed 11 Jun 14

jim_bo says...

Personally I think the council should be streamlined to 8 councillors and then paid a proper wage.

Currently the council is run by officers who get their madcap ideas signed off by the councillors. Either that or completely bypassed by County Council who don't give a whoot about Colchester.
Personally I think the council should be streamlined to 8 councillors and then paid a proper wage. Currently the council is run by officers who get their madcap ideas signed off by the councillors. Either that or completely bypassed by County Council who don't give a whoot about Colchester. jim_bo
  • Score: 6

10:22pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

What a good idea ...... why didn't I think of that?
What a good idea ...... why didn't I think of that? Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: 9

9:57am Thu 12 Jun 14

Catchedicam says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
What a good idea ...... why didn't I think of that?
Hopefully Martin you will get some 'good ideas' when you are in harness, something needs to be pulled out of the hat.. thats for sure! A lot of historic damage needs to be repaired, to get us the great council we deserve.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: What a good idea ...... why didn't I think of that?[/p][/quote]Hopefully Martin you will get some 'good ideas' when you are in harness, something needs to be pulled out of the hat.. thats for sure! A lot of historic damage needs to be repaired, to get us the great council we deserve. Catchedicam
  • Score: 3

12:04pm Thu 12 Jun 14

André says...

It is Anne Turrell and her Libdem and Labour 'Rainbow' coalition that have caused most of the problems in Colchester. These councils should be run for the benefit of the people and not along party political lines.
It is Anne Turrell and her Libdem and Labour 'Rainbow' coalition that have caused most of the problems in Colchester. These councils should be run for the benefit of the people and not along party political lines. André
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Boris says...

André wrote:
It is Anne Turrell and her Libdem and Labour 'Rainbow' coalition that have caused most of the problems in Colchester. These councils should be run for the benefit of the people and not along party political lines.
Dream on, André. As a Tory, you are clearly nostalgic for the 1950s when the country districts, and I think some town wards too, were represented by councillors calling themselves Independents, but who were mostly card-carrying members of the Conservative Party. No party could get away with that now.
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And let me remind you of why the Tories lost control of our xouncil in 2008. It was becauase of their insistence, in the face of massive puyblic opposition, on building the VAF on top of the bus station. Since then, their mediocre performance (not least, their insistence on whipping their councillors into supporting plans to "develop" Jumbo) has resulted in their failure to recover their position locally.
[quote][p][bold]André[/bold] wrote: It is Anne Turrell and her Libdem and Labour 'Rainbow' coalition that have caused most of the problems in Colchester. These councils should be run for the benefit of the people and not along party political lines.[/p][/quote]Dream on, André. As a Tory, you are clearly nostalgic for the 1950s when the country districts, and I think some town wards too, were represented by councillors calling themselves Independents, but who were mostly card-carrying members of the Conservative Party. No party could get away with that now. . And let me remind you of why the Tories lost control of our xouncil in 2008. It was becauase of their insistence, in the face of massive puyblic opposition, on building the VAF on top of the bus station. Since then, their mediocre performance (not least, their insistence on whipping their councillors into supporting plans to "develop" Jumbo) has resulted in their failure to recover their position locally. Boris
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

jim_bo says...

Who did push the VAF through? Let's name and shame these idiots!
Who did push the VAF through? Let's name and shame these idiots! jim_bo
  • Score: 7

6:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Simon Taylor says...

I can certainly sympathise with the stress!
I can certainly sympathise with the stress! Simon Taylor
  • Score: 2

8:42pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Catchedicam says...

jim_bo wrote:
Who did push the VAF through? Let's name and shame these idiots!
who was the council Chief Exec and who was the council leader at the time???? easy to work out.
[quote][p][bold]jim_bo[/bold] wrote: Who did push the VAF through? Let's name and shame these idiots![/p][/quote]who was the council Chief Exec and who was the council leader at the time???? easy to work out. Catchedicam
  • Score: 2

12:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

Hamiltonandy says...

The VAF is here but regrettably the council refuse to discuss it or the huge subsidy. Firstsite group keep their meetings secret as does the council when it meets these parasites. The cultural quarter looks more like a war zone with its abandoned and increasingly vandalised buildings. The finishing touches are the belmarsh prison style fencing.
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Fortunately no more government and EEC money is likely to be wasted on the delusions of the town hall social club. The latest grant refusal was for the old police station.
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Yet it could all be so different if the council would permit a commercial exhibition company unrestricted use of the VAF, other empty buildings and land surrounding the VAF.
The VAF is here but regrettably the council refuse to discuss it or the huge subsidy. Firstsite group keep their meetings secret as does the council when it meets these parasites. The cultural quarter looks more like a war zone with its abandoned and increasingly vandalised buildings. The finishing touches are the belmarsh prison style fencing. . Fortunately no more government and EEC money is likely to be wasted on the delusions of the town hall social club. The latest grant refusal was for the old police station. . Yet it could all be so different if the council would permit a commercial exhibition company unrestricted use of the VAF, other empty buildings and land surrounding the VAF. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 1

7:20am Fri 13 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy?

The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me.

It really is time for people to get over the VAF.
Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy? The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me. It really is time for people to get over the VAF. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

6:05pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Simon Taylor says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy?

The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me.

It really is time for people to get over the VAF.
Well said, Ritchie.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy? The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me. It really is time for people to get over the VAF.[/p][/quote]Well said, Ritchie. Simon Taylor
  • Score: 1

10:56pm Fri 13 Jun 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Simon Taylor wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy?

The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me.

It really is time for people to get over the VAF.
Well said, Ritchie.
there are 40 million reasons why people cant forget the VAF and we are all still counting on a yearly basis, by the way it is starting to fall apart who is going to pay for that?
its just as bad saying we need to get over the war hey mate? lets forget about arnhem next year?
yeh well done ritchie good one mate
P**T
[quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy? The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me. It really is time for people to get over the VAF.[/p][/quote]Well said, Ritchie.[/p][/quote]there are 40 million reasons why people cant forget the VAF and we are all still counting on a yearly basis, by the way it is starting to fall apart who is going to pay for that? its just as bad saying we need to get over the war hey mate? lets forget about arnhem next year? yeh well done ritchie good one mate P**T TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: -6

9:07am Sat 14 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

TheBrotherhoodOfTheB
ell
wrote:
Simon Taylor wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy?

The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me.

It really is time for people to get over the VAF.
Well said, Ritchie.
there are 40 million reasons why people cant forget the VAF and we are all still counting on a yearly basis, by the way it is starting to fall apart who is going to pay for that?
its just as bad saying we need to get over the war hey mate? lets forget about arnhem next year?
yeh well done ritchie good one mate
P**T
You're comparing two major wars to the building of a (slightly controversial) arts facility in as small little town in Essex. And you think I'm a prat?

How peculiar...
[quote][p][bold]TheBrotherhoodOfTheB ell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Not still banging on about the VAF are you, Andy? The building is there. It has been now for some years. I've never visited but by all accounts it's supposed to be a very good asset. At least, that's what arty people have told me. It really is time for people to get over the VAF.[/p][/quote]Well said, Ritchie.[/p][/quote]there are 40 million reasons why people cant forget the VAF and we are all still counting on a yearly basis, by the way it is starting to fall apart who is going to pay for that? its just as bad saying we need to get over the war hey mate? lets forget about arnhem next year? yeh well done ritchie good one mate P**T[/p][/quote]You're comparing two major wars to the building of a (slightly controversial) arts facility in as small little town in Essex. And you think I'm a prat? How peculiar... Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

11:43pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Boris says...

Nobody minds the VAF, Unlike Ritchie, i visit it every month, and enjoy my visits. What we resent, and will always resent, is the way that the Tories (supported by certain Lib Dems) decided that it had to be built on the bus station.
Give us a proper bus station, and everyone will find it easier to love the VAF. It might help if it had some decent exhibits, too, but that would be asking too much.
Nobody minds the VAF, Unlike Ritchie, i visit it every month, and enjoy my visits. What we resent, and will always resent, is the way that the Tories (supported by certain Lib Dems) decided that it had to be built on the bus station. Give us a proper bus station, and everyone will find it easier to love the VAF. It might help if it had some decent exhibits, too, but that would be asking too much. Boris
  • Score: 0

11:53pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Under the Firstsite lease of the VAF Colchester Council are responsible for paying for most of the building maintenance. That's another thing the council refuse to talk about.
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Under the Firstsite lease of the VAF Colchester Council are responsible for paying for most of the building maintenance. That's another thing the council refuse to talk about. . Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 2

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