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Earls Barton Parish Council

Statement from Earls Barton Parish Council

By Rosie Smart Earls Barton Parish Council

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

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Earls Barton Parish Council welcomes the findings of the Borough Council of Wellingborough Standards Committee in relation to former Parish Councillor Robert Gough.  The Standards Committee found that Mr Gough:
  • breached 2.2 of the Code of Conduct of the Parish Council, as he had failed to respect others and not bully any person;
  • breached 2.4 of the Code of Conduct of the Parish Council by failing to 'respect the confidentiality of information which you receive as a member, not disclosing confidential information to a third party unless required by law to do so or where there is a clear and over-riding public interest in doing so';
  • breached 2.15 of the Code of Conduct of the Parish Council as he failed to promote and support high standards of conduct, in particular characterised by other code of conduct requirements, leadership and example.
As Mr Gough is no longer a Parish Councillor, no further action can be taken against him by the Parish Council and the sanctions recommended by the Standards Committee have been duly noted.
 
Earls Barton Parish Council also notes the findings of the Borough Council of Wellingborough Standards Committee in relation to Cllr Ben Chapman.  The Standards Committee found that Cllr Chapman:
  • breached 2.2 of the Code of Conduct of the Parish Council, as he had failed to respect others and not bully any person, in that the tone and content of an email was inappropriate.
Following discussion with Cllr Chapman, and being aware of the background to the complaint, EBPC accept that the action of Cllr Chapman was out of character and were as a result of his passionate belief that inappropriate behaviour that he was witnessing should be addressed.  Cllr Chapman acknowledges the findings of the Standards Committee and agreed that he would be more aware of the wording he uses in future communications.  As a result, Earls Barton Parish Council notes the sanctions recommended by the Standards Committee.  The recommended training will be arranged for all Parish Councillors following the elections in May 2020.  No further action will be taken.
 
Earls Barton Parish Council has reflected on the issues that have arisen over the last financial year.  We would now like to draw a line under this matter and concentrate on working together in harmony to ensure that we do the best for the community and make Earls Barton a place where people want to live, work and visit.

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Rosie Smart

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