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District Councillor cleared of misconduct

Published on Tuesday, 20th August 2019

Hambleton District Council - Civic Centre

A district councillor has been cleared of an allegation he breached the authority’s code of conduct.

He had been accused of failing to comply with the code by incorrectly completing forms which record Hambleton councillors interests in businesses.

A Standard Committee hearing last week (August 15) concluded that David Webster had completed his ‘register of interests’ form correctly.  He had told the panel that he had included information over and above that needed in order that his interests were transparent.

However the panel said that because the form may appear ambiguous to members and the public, a review should be carried out to ensure clarity on the types of interests that must be registered.

A similar allegation against the Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson was dismissed by the Councils Independent Person and Monitoring Officer prior to this hearing.