Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 15-Jun-2021
Summary: Mrs X complained about how the Council completed its investigation into Councillors' conduct. The Council failed to send Mrs X a copy of the Investigating Officer's final report and there was some delay in the investigation process. Although that was fault, we find it did not cause Mrs X a significant injustice.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 10-Jun-2021
Summary: Mr B complains about the Council's handling of his complaint against a councillor who he says breached the Members Code of Conduct. We will not investigate this complaint. While there was a delay in the Council's response to the complaint it has apologised for this, and we consider this to be a suitable remedy to this part of the complaint. Further investigation of the process the Council followed is unlikely to lead to a different outcome. Finally, If Mr B can ask the courts to consider whether the Council has breached the Equalities Act.
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 24-May-2021
Summary: Miss X complained about the Council's decision not to investigate her complaint about the conduct of a councillor in relation to the introduction of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme. We should not investigate this complaint further. There is insufficient evidence of fault which would warrant further investigation.
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 19-Jan-2021
Summary: The Ombudsman does not find fault with the way the Council responded to Mr B's complaint that a Councillor had breached the members' codes of conduct.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 12-Jan-2021
Summary: the complainant says the Council amended its planning committee's convention on voting at deferred meetings leading it to approve a planning application it would not have approved. The Council says it acted in line with legal advice and the change did not affect the final decision. We find the Council acted with fault.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 17-Dec-2020
Summary: Mr B says the Council has failed to consider his complaint about the conduct of named Councillors. The Ombudsman has found evidence of fault because the Council has not replied to all of Mr B's complaint. He has upheld the complaint and completed the investigation because the Council agrees to fully respond to Mr B.
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 01-Dec-2020
Summary: The Ombudsman has stopped investigating Mr X's complaint about the Council's investigation of an alleged breach of the Councillor Code of Conduct. The injustice to Mr X is not so significant as to justify an investigation by the Ombudsman.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 10-Nov-2020
Summary: Mr D says the Council has failed to consider his complaint about a Councillor correctly. The Ombudsman has found evidence of fault because the Council failed to respond to a key part of Mr D's case. He has upheld the complaint and completed the investigation because the Council agrees to reconsider Mr D's case.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 16-Oct-2020
Summary: Mr X complains the Council refuses to investigate his complaint that a Councillor breached the code of conduct. The Ombudsman will not investigate. Other than a minor delay in telling Mr X of its' decision, we are unlikely to find fault. Nor can we achieve the outcome he is seeking.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 27-Aug-2020
Summary: Ms X complains the Council did not follow correct procedure in dealing with her complaint about the conduct of a councillor. The Council has agreed to reconsider the complaint and so the Ombudsman will not investigate.