Although my recollection was that Cllr Barnes voted in favour of the proposed development, I am apparently wrong: he says he voted against it.
This being the case, then I am happy to set the record straight and apologise wholeheartedly for any embarrassment this may have caused.
The error arose because of the wide difference between the way that Cllr Barnes spoke during the debate, which was positively in support of the housing development on the cricket field, and the way that he reportedly went on to vote when the matter was actually decided, which he says was against. Nor am I alone in having experienced confusion on the Town Mayor's position. Other present say they are now unclear about the actual voting numbers.
It is regrettable that a 'named vote' was not undertaken as this would have officially recorded which way each councillor cast their votes. Even better, a recording of proceedings of Council meetings would very effectively eliminate any dispute as to who said what, and how they voted.