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Portishead pool trust director voted out at AGM

A businessman who was part of the campaign to save Portishead's open air swimming pool has been voted out as its director.

Roger Whitfield was asked to step down by trustees because of "long-standing differences of approach".

He refused to resign from the post and was voted out at the pool's annual general meeting on Monday.

The trust said it was "clear over the past year that Roger cannot and will not work as part of a team".

'Deep-seated problems'

Mr Whitfield said the row centred on efforts to introduce procedures to ensure the pool was run "correctly".

"This has been an extremely awkward situation and I'm sure it's been awkward for everybody involved," he said.

"I knew last night was going to be a very difficult evening for me so I'm glad to be out of the other side of it.

"The problems within this trust are deep-seated."

A statement from the board of trustees thanked Mr Whitfield for his work.

"Roger Whitfield was removed from the Board of Trustees by an overwhelming majority of those present at the AGM last night.

"While the seven remaining trustees gratefully acknowledge all the hard work and energy Roger put into saving the pool."

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