Ex-Cllr Jarrett’s Code-of-Conduct complaint could push Parish into special measures
Ex-Councillor Jarrett has confirmed he has submitted a Code of Conduct complaint to Slough Borough Council. The request could plunge the Parish Council into special measures with taxpayers paying the cost of any investigation.
Mr Jarrett, who has unleashed a torrent of postings on this website since his resignation on Saturday, is understood to have directed the complaint at Chair, Cllr Hood, Vice-Chair Cllr Ray Angell, and Parish Clerk Roland Hewson.
Mr Jarrett has accused the Chair and Vice Chair of repeated bullying, while he claimed the Parish Clerk has properly reflect discussions in minutes.
He has also claimed that Cllr Hood failed to declare an interest in discussions relating to the Third Runway proposals at the appropriate time.
Specific details of the complaint have yet to be revealed.
Mr Jarrett received acknowledgement of his resignation this evening and posted the following statement:
I would appeal to all contributors … that the appropriate people of Slough Borough Council and the Parish Council [be allowed time] … to deal with the concerns, issues and maybe mis-understandings that are happening at present. WE can look forward to having a new councillor who will have a chance like all of us who made that choice to try and do well for the village.
In April Kevin Gordon, Assistant Director for Professional Services & Monitoring at Slough Borough Council, threatened that any further complaints would result in special measures being taken:
…my proposal would be that any future complaints relating to the Code of Conduct are immediately put forward for a full Standards Committee Investigation. Please note costs relating to the appointment of an Investigating Officer will need to be met from Parish Council funds.
The threat was made after Slough received a reported seven complaints against Councillor Burke from colleagues on the council – which were all thrown out.
Mr Gordon’s request that all councillors attend Code of Conduct retraining with a special emphasis on “relationships and respect for others” was turned down.
There has been a flurry of votes to the online poll on this website since Mr Jarrett’s resignation.
104 out of 129 voters (81%) believe that Colnbrook should have the same right to determine the future of its Parish Council as residents of Wexham Court and Britwell parishes.
A referendum organised by the Council is currently taking place in those parishes while Colnbrook residents were denied the same opportunity despite 72% of residents responding to the Community Governance Review strongly favouring change.