Dishar­mony in coun­cil abides

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Coun­cil­lor Neville Gim­blett in­tended to move amo­tion that Camp­bell "... se­lec­tively dis­closed in­com­mit­tee in­for­ma­tion ..."

Horowhenua’s frac­tious coun­cil is at it again, with one elected official train­ing his sights on an­other.

The lat­est spat comes af­ter coun­cil­lor Ross Camp­bell posted a video on Face­book where he talked about the sup­pos­edly se­cret busi­ness of a pub­liclyex­cluded coun­cil meet­ing.

The cone-of-si­lence breach has got other coun­cil­lors’ backs up and Camp­bell is fac­ing ac­tion against his al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the coun­cil code of con­duct, which was to be dis­cussed at a Horowhenua District Coun­cil meet­ing yes­ter­day.

In the video, Camp­bell said the closed-door meet­ing was about coun­cil­lors seek­ing to change the re­port­ing sys­tem be­tween chief ex­ec­u­tive David Clap­per­ton and mayor Michael Feyen, which would ‘‘ef­fec­tively alien­ate the mayor and al­low the chief ex­ec­u­tive to avoid re­port­ing through the mayor’’.

Camp­bell said the move would place ‘‘the mayor in a vac­uum’’ and took away the author­ity and trust the vot­ers placed in their elected leader.

What hap­pened at the April 11 meet­ing was ‘‘ab­so­lutely wrong’’, Camp­bell said.

Coun­cil doc­u­ments say coun­cil­lor Neville Gim­blett in­tended to move a mo­tion that Camp­bell ‘‘re­peat­edly lied about the [coun­cil’s] build­ing re­ports, se­lec­tively dis­closed in-com­mit­tee in­for­ma­tion, and den­i­grated other coun­cil­lors’’.

An al­ter­na­tive no­tice of mo­tion was for the coun­cil to in­ves­ti­gate the com­plaint against Camp­bell.

This is the sec­ond time in just over a year that Camp­bell has had a code of con­duct com­plaint laid against him.

In March 2016, a com­plaint was made over Camp­bell call­ing the coun­cil ‘‘cor­rupt’’ in a TV interview. In April 2016, the coun­cil voted in favour of pro­ceed­ing with its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Camp­bell, which re­sulted in coun­cil­lors vot­ing to cen­sure Camp­bell for his ac­tions.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Horowhenua coun­cil­lor Ross Camp­bell is fac­ing a com­plaint over his de­ci­sion to speak pub­licly about a pri­vate meet­ing.

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