A Hayfield parish councillor who polled the most votes in the May elections has resigned over the issue.
Mike Crompton, who until recently also held the position of council clerk in Hayfield, stood down after the decision was made not to use the council’s Dungeon Brow building for the new heritage centre or to allow the project co-ordinator to use the office.
“I don’t feel in all consciousness I can honestly support the council in this determination,” he said.
“I fully accept the democratic vote of this council and wish the council well but I don’t feel I can continue when you have taken this decision. It is not a decision I have come to lightly.”
He added: “It is also the case for better or worse that my presence on the council has been the cause of some squabbling. I therefore resign with immediate effect.
Mr Crompton apologised to all those who had voted for him.
He left the meeting to a spontaneous round of applause from those present, which included 40 members of the public.