Simon Shaw will not be reinstated as Knaresborough town crier, a judge has ruled.
Mr Shaw, who had been a regular feature on the Market Cross in Knaresborough since 2009, will receive a £570 pay out in compensation for unfair dismissal.
Knaresborough Town Council told the judge they would “resist” reinstating Mr Shaw as “things have been said and done.”
Judge John Hepworth said there was “still a significant amount of tension” between Mr Shaw and his former employers and deemed it impractical to reinstate him as Knaresborough Town crier.
Knaresborough Town Council and Knaresborough Chamber of Trade have been ordered to pay £570.87 in compensation, including wages for the past four years Mr Shaw worked unpaid.
The 12 month saga came to a conclusion at an employment tribunal hearing in Leeds last week, almost a year since Mr Shaw was first suspended from his duties in August 2012 after complaints relating to time keeping and not keeping his uniform in the allocated location.
Questions have been raised about how much the town council have spent on legal proceedings, with estimates ranging from a few thousand to ten thousand pounds.
Independent town councillor Andy Wright said the situation has had a negative impact on the town council.
He said: “The town council has become a laughing stock and the real issues affecting Knaresborough have been severely curtailed as a result of staff spending so much time on this issue.”
Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Knaresborough Town Council have yet to decide on whether or not to appoint a new town crier.
Mr Shaw attended the feva town crier contest in the Market Place on Sunday just as a spectator, although he has not ruled out a return to town crying.
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