Coun­cil to­tals up the fi­nal costs of ‘breach of con­duct’ hear­ing

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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.”

Traf­fic queues head­ing into Guild­ford on the A320

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