Apology offered by Fairford councillors for code of conduct breach
A STRAINED apology has been given by four Fairford town councillors after they were found in breach of a local code of conduct.
Councillors Suzanne Jones, Martin Harwood, Mark Wardle and town mayor Rob Winney were accused of bullying, intimidation, disrepute and disrespect by Cllr Chris Roberts for a letter that the foursome submitted to the Standard in March 2011.
They were twice cleared of these allegations by Standards assessment and review committees. However, the Local Monitoring Officer found the foursome in breach of a clause in the local Fairford Town Council code, which requires all personal comments to be clearly declared.
In a written apology submitted at last week’s town council meeting, from which Cllr Roberts was absent due to holiday leave, the councillors said they disagreed with the decision but would not challenge it.
The letter stated: "To bring this nonsense to a conclusion we are accepting the suggestion of the Monitoring Officer that it would be appropriate to offer an apology to the Town Council."
The town council noted the apology but without the four councillors, and a number of absent members, did not have enough councillors remaining to make a vote.