St Austell councillor Sandra Heyward comes under fire for "shelf stacker" comment in Coyte Farm debate
COMMENTS made by a Cornwall councillor during Thursday's crunch meeting have sparked outrage from some of the residents she represents.
Sandra Heyward, Cornwall councillor for St Austell Gover and St Austell town councillor, has come under fire after saying Coyte Farm would only create jobs for "shelf-stackers".
During the meeting Mrs Heyward, who is not a member of the strategic planning committee, spoke as a local member.
Opposing the plans she said: "I agree we do need the jobs but what we need is good-quality jobs not just shelf-stackers."
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Following the comment, members of the public took to her webpage to vent their frustration at the former mayor's remarks.
One resident, going by the name "a shelf stacker" said: "I am happy in my job and know that an opportunity will happen even when stacking shelves. It can inevitably lead to management training.
"I also live in the Gover and voted for you. I can tell you two things. 1) I will never vote for you again and 2) I am stacking shelves again tonight and am quite happy to do. It pays an honest decent wage."
Adam Harris wrote: "After your representation at yesterday's planning meeting I am sorely disappointed and feel completely let down by your lack of support for St Austell as a town, her people and the views of your constituents."
Mrs Heyward's website now appears to be unavailable.