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Our Councillors excelling themselves again and again

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rhubarb   Jul 14th 2017 15:33

even more, they just keep giving.....

The Stroud District Standards Panel has reached a decision on a complaint made against six Town Councillors in respect of alleged breaches of the Town Council’s code of conduct.

TL;DR Four, on the balance of probability, not guilty. Two guilty.

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Occidental_Outlook   Jul 16th 2017 19:47

Anyone know anything about new candidates for the Town Council elections?
Do they have statements for what they stand for?

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rhubarb   Jul 22nd 2017 08:43

Full Gazette Article here : -

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A distinct lack contrition there! Clearly, the code of conduct is for others.

Can I have an elected representative with a clear and reliable understanding of these matters please?

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HAPPY   Jul 26th 2017 13:25

Regarding rhubarbs comments you forget one of the reasons Wotton is so nice a place to live is because of the Town Councils decisions on looking after Wotton, they make decisions on what they think best for the town and those who live here. Obviously some will disagree but the extent of some people of abuse towards councillors way out of order.
How about a sorry to those Town Councillors who have been found innocent from all those who vilified them?

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rhubarb   Jul 28th 2017 08:44

You completely misunderstand, this discussion is not about abuse of councillors.

The Monitoring Officer rejects vexatious complaints. They only investigate cases where a prima-fascia case has been made. The Standards Panel only considers the more serious cases.

This was a serious complaint about the corruption of the Planning process (Town and Country Planning Act 1990)

There was clear advice given, before the planning meeting, by the Monitoring Officer. Six councillors were advised that they had potential conflicts of interests. Only one councillor chose to declare an interest at the planning meeting.

Four councillors were ultimately cleared on the balance of probability by the Standards Panel. During the Monitoring Officers investigation, lack of formal training was mentioned, more than once, in their defence. Next time, the balance of probability will not be the same.

Only, one councillor has been vilified and that was by the Monitoring Officer. Being elected as councillor carries a number of responsibilities, first and foremost is to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Councillors claiming that the Code is 'nonsense', for example, and thinking they can choose to ignore it as they think fit, demonstrates an unclear understanding of these simple but very important matters.

No apologies are due.


> Regarding rhubarbs comments you forget one of the reasons
> Wotton is so nice a place to live is because of the Town Councils
> decisions on looking after Wotton, they make decisions on what
> they think best for the town and those who live here. Obviously
> some will disagree but the extent of some people of abuse
> towards councillors way out of order.
> How about a sorry to those Town Councillors who have been
> found innocent from all those who vilified them?

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