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Westbury Councillor sanctioned for breaches
10:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Westbury Town Council voted to accept the sanctions for Russell Hawker recommended by Wiltshire Council’s standards sub-committee, following a hearing into a code of conduct complaint made against the Wiltshire and Westbury councillor.
A standards hearing decided that Cllr Hawker was in breach of the old code of conduct after failing to treat Ian Taylor with respect on three separate occasions in October and November of 2011.
The town council accepted the recommendations made in the hearing on July 30, which proposed that Cllr Hawker should be sanctioned by way of censure, with suitable training provided about his obligations under the code of conduct.
Cllr Hawker was found to have breached the code initially during his speech at The Laverton re-opening event, on October 21, when he criticised Mr Taylor in public, although without naming him.
Further breaches came in posts on the Westbury Town Forum on October 22 and in an email sent to members of The Laverton General Interest Group on November 25 and 26.
Mr Taylor was in charge of applying for grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for the refurbishment of The Laverton.
Cllr Hawker, an active member of The Laverton Management Working Group at the time, disagreed with the decision and was critical of Mr Taylor when he failed to get any grants.
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