Council totals up the final costs of ‘breach of conduct’ hearing
GUILDFORD Borough Council has been unable to say so far what the final cost will be of the hearing held after a councillor disclosed confidential information.
Clandon and Horsley councillor David Reeve was found to have breached the council’s code of conduct by publishing a report on housing need in the borough containing a statistic found in a confidential document.
A hearing subcommittee meeting, held at Millmead House on Monday last week, recommended he apologise to Laura Howard, the council’s principal planning officer, and undertake one-to-one training on “the role of the councillor and their responsibilities under the code of conduct”.
The training around two hours.
A council spokesman said: will take “The training recommended for Cllr Reeve by the hearings subcommittee will cover the role of the councillor and their responsibilities under the code of conduct, in particular reconciling their representational role with their obligations under the code.
“We are working on the details and exact extent of the training, and anticipate the session will last approximately two hours. The training was recommended to be on a one-to-one basis, and will be done by, or on behalf of, the monitoring officer. We are compiling the final costs of the hearing. These are for the appointment of an external independent investigator and any external legal advice.
“The recommendations of the sub-committee will now be reported to full council on October 10.”
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