Eight councillors accused of breaching Kingston Council code of conduct

Eight councillors accused of breaching Kingston Council code of conduct

Eight councillors accused of breaching Kingston Council code of conduct

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor - Kingston

Eight Kingston councillors had complaints made against them alleging they broke the code of conduct for members over a four year period.

But none were ever found in breach of the code, although two were given further training while another did not seek re-election.

A report into complaints between 2008 to 2012 by Kingston Council’s corporate solicitor will go to the authority’s standards committee next week.

It reveals that of the eight cases where a complaint against a councillor was received, seven were sent to a referral sub-committee.

In one case, no further action was required following an appeal while one councillor was given further training without further investigation.

The sub-committee referred the remaining five cases for investigation.

One complaint was subsequently withdrawn, while officers found no fault in two other cases.

No further action was required in one investigation, as the councillor in question did not seek re-election.

One complaint was partially upheld and the councillor was given further training.

The report said: “No breaches of the Member Code of Conduct were identified but two cases of failure to comply with elements of the local Planning Protocol (which did not form part of the code) were found.

“Both led to recommendations for further training. No other sanctions were imposed by the council.”

All eight complaints were submitted by different complainants and related to a different councillor.

The complaints investigation procedure has changed since the introduction of the Localism Act in 2012.

No complaints have been received since.

The standards committee meets next Wednesday, March 19.

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