• My pledge to protect countryside did not break Code of Conduct

    11th September 2011 | News | Claire
  • I told councillors and residents at an Ottery St Mary Town Council meeting last Monday (5 September) that the committee had found that I had not broken the Code of Conduct and was entitled to continue to debate and vote on planning applications in the ward.

    The councillor concerned appeared to argue that I should not take part in debates or vote on large-scale planning applications in the countryside.

    EDDC Standards Committee also acknowledged that I had followed the advice given to me by EDDC’s Monitoring Officer.

    I do think it is a great shame that this complaint was submitted and that any attempt to remove me from planning debates would damage democracy.  I am aware that there is great concern locally about inappropriate development in the countryside and many people in my ward are relying on me to represent their views in this respect.

    I do hope that this is the end of the matter and that common sense and perspective will prevail and we can all get on with what we are supposed to be doing as councillors – representing our communities.