Coun­cil­lors crit­i­cised over han­dling of ten­nis net call

The Scotsman - - AROUND SCOTLAND -

A row over the type of screen­ing used by a lawn ten­nis club has re­sulted in three coun­cil­lors be­ing ac­cused of breach­ing their pro­fes­sional code of con­duct.

Dalkeith Lawn Ten­nis Club ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion to place net­ting along a fence over­look­ing res­i­dences near their base last year.

But t hey were or­dered to change t he t ype of net­ting used to a “more trans­par­ent” type af­ter the ap­pli­ca­tion was brought be­fore Mid­loth­ian Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee by de­pute provost Coun­cil­lor Margot Rus­sell.

Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell is fac­ing ac­cu­sa­tions she prej­u­diced in her views about the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause she vis­ited an ob­jec­tor’s home prior to the com­mit­tee meet­ing and only in­spected one side of the fence.

At a Stan­dards Com­mis­sion Hear­ing in Dalkeith, it was al­leged Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell had ‘ in­ad­ver­tently’ in­flu­enced the plan­ning com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion. Also fac­ing claims of act­ing, or be­ing per­ceived to act, un­fairly is fel­low com­mit­tee mem­ber Coun­cil­lor John Hack­ett, who also vis­ited the ob­jec­tor’s home.

Coun­cil­lor Colin Cas­sidy is charged with fail­ing to de­clare an in­ter­est by not dis­clos­ing a friend­ship with ob­jec­tors.

The hear­ing con­tin­ues

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