The co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council has stepped down as a councillor with immediate effect claiming he has received personal abuse following the “Legogate” row.
A report from council chief executive Jim Savege detailed why a trip involving Martin Kitts-Hayes to a North Sea fisheries conference in Denmark in June was abandoned after just two hours.
Mr Kitts-Hayes and his party were booked into the Wild West chalets, which he described as “basically a shed” before quitting the trip, along with his colleagues, as no other accommodation could be found.
Earlier this week Mr Kitts-Hayes announced he would be standing down from his position as co-leader of the council next month. However, today he quit as a councillor.
In a statement, he said: “I wish to announce that I have decided to stand down as a councillor with immediate effect and have informed the provost and chief executive.
“Recent events have placed an intolerable strain on my family with personal abuse continuing unabated even after I resigned as co-leader of the council on Monday.
“Being a councillor is just not worth the effort.”
Chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council Jim Savege, said: “I can confirm that this afternoon I have received the resignation from Martin Kitts-Hayes as an Aberdeenshire councillor.
“His resignation is with immediate effect.
“Martin has served as a councillor for Inverurie and District since May 2003, having previously been an employee of the council.”