Warren Swaine, who was sentenced in July for possessing indecent images of children, has resigned as vice-chair of the Katesgrove Community Association (KCA), leaving the association pondering its future.
Abby Knowles, KCA chair, said she had asked Warren Swaine for his resignation after first learning about his activities from local newspaper reports of the court case.
“We didn’t really have a choice,” said Abby Knowles. “The KCA runs activities that include children.”
“It was very hurtful; he knew the court case was coming up and could have forewarned me, but I found out when everyone else did,” she said. “He must have known he was going to plead guilty.”
The next KCA meeting will be on Wednesday 13 September at 7pm at the Katesgrove Children’s Centre, Waterloo Meadows on Elgar Road.
The September meeting will be a “make or break” open meeting for anyone to come and discuss the future of the KCA.
“A monthly meeting isn’t working as people don’t want to come,” said Abby Knowles. “We may decide to do something more project based, with quarterly meetings instead. In that way, the community allotment and knit-and-natter can still run, and we can do new projects, such as the refurbishment of the IDR underpass.”
“I’d still like to be involved with the KCA, but not running it,” said Abby Knowles. “We need to change how the KCA runs, otherwise it might come to an end after 40 or 50 years. If there aren’t people out there who want to get involved, then it can’t continue to exist.”
As vice-chair, Warren Swaine had been one of the signatories to the KCA’s bank accounts. Abby Knowles will approach a local councillor to become an emergency signatory instead, so the association can continue to pay its bills.
If lack of interest at the September meeting means that KCA dissolves, then its financial assets, which amount to a few thousand pounds, must be re-allocated to other Katesgrove projects or organisations whose aims align with the KCA.
“I’d like the KCA to continue in some form, because there is plenty of work to be done,” said Abby Knowles.
- Katesgrove Community Association website and Facebook page
- Former Reading councillor avoids jail after being found with indecent images of children (Get Reading)
- Former Liberal Democrat borough councillor sentenced at Reading Crown Court (Reading Chronicle)