No councillor breach found after inquiry

A complaint against the chairman of Carnaby Parish Council has been resolved by the Standards Committee at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The Monitoring Officer submitted a report detailing the investigation of complaint concerning Councillor Kitching of Carnaby Parish Council.

The complaint concerned a claim that the councillor had approached the complainant and alleged that the complainant had reported him for a breach of the Code of Conduct through his failure to declare a pecuniary interest in his Register of Interests.

Following an investigation the Monitoring Officer had concluded that, “as it had not been possible to identify any independent witnesses to the incident who could provide information to support the complaint, it was not possible to evidence that breaches of paragraphs 2(1) and 2(3) of the Code of Conduct could be demonstrated and therefore it was recommended that no further action should be taken”.

The relevant sections of the Code of Conduct adopted by Carnaby Parish Council in this case were paragraphs 2(1) ‘You must treat others with respect’ and 2(3) ‘You must not conduct yourself in a manner that could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or authority into disrepute’.

The Independent Person’s comments had supported the view of the Monitoring Officer’s findings.

The Standards Committee have decided to concur with the Monitoring Officer’s findings that there has been no breach of paragraphs 2(1) and 2(3) of the Code of Conduct and that no further action be taken.