Councillor is censured over breach

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Parish councillors in Anston voted to censure one of their fellow councillors at a meeting this week.

The monthly meeting on Monday 20th May saw the parish hall full to capacity with members of the public.

It follows an alleged assault after April’s annual parish meeting of electors.

Police sergeant Mark Worrall was also there, and said he was likely to attend the next few meetings.

Item nine on the agenda was for members to consider whether the parish council had been brought into disrepute by the actions of a councillor, and whether that councillor should be censured.

Outgoing chairman Coun Dominic Beck put forward a movement that the councillor be censured for breaching the council code of conduct by not treating other members with respect.

He said the code had been breached by ‘bullying’ and ‘intimidating’ behaviour and bringing the office of councillor into disrepute.

The councillor in question left the room after declaring a ‘pecuniary’ interest.

Councillors discussed the matter and voted in favour of censure, and to remove the councillor from their committee duties.

Censure is when a council expresses strong disapproval and it is formally noted.