AFTER a heated council meeting in June, a councillor has apologised for telling the Mayor to ‘go to hell’.

A chaotic debate at a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) full council meeting on June 23 broke out over an amendment to the constitution to reduce the number of signatures required for a petition to be discussed at full council from 1,500 to 1,000.

Councillor Geoff Hill (The Borough First: Oldfield) – who brought forward the motion – was enraged when a closure motion – which stops debate and goes straight to the vote – was successfully passed by the ruling Tories.

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Mayor Sayonara Luxton (Conservative: Sunningdale and Cheapside) kicked the Independent councillor out of the meeting when he refused to vote and insisted on carrying on with debate against the Mayor’s instructions.

He told her to ‘go to hell’ just before he was ejected from the Zoom call.

Cllr Hill has sent an email on July 28 to all members present at full council that day, the Mayor, and officers for his use of words and behaviour.

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He said: “I am emailing all councillors with my public apology to you, the Mayor and officers.

“I acknowledge that my frustration with yet another debate being curtailed, and personal challenges, got the better of me and resulted in the outburst that took place.

“The words ‘go to hell’ were not directed at any particular person but were uncalled for and not something I would wish to repeat. I apologise to the Office of The Mayor and the council for this outburst.”

He added he attempted to make this a public apology at last night’s council meeting (July 28) – but was declined on June 30.