Thursday, 17 March 2011

Saltney councillor faces disciplinary action over Facebook remarks

A SALTNEY councillor faces disciplinary action after being caught making derogatory comments about her town council on a Facebook page.

Newly-appointed Cllr Ann Moran published a rant about the authority on her profile page on the day she was sworn in as a town councillor. The comments were made a couple of hours after the January town council meeting.

Saltney town councillors unanimously voted to report Cllr Moran to the local government ombudsman, who will assess whether there is a need to hand out a punishment.

Councillors were to consider a notice of motion put forward by Cllr Richard Lloyd, which stated: “This town council deplores the action of the newly-appointed councillor, Mrs Ann Moran, in publishing such derogatory remarks about her fellow town councillors on a Facebook page, thereby bringing this town council into disrepute within hours of signing her agreement to abide by the code of conduct.”

It added: “This matter (should) be brought to the attention of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.”

My comment: The only thing that has brought Saltney Council into disrepute is their attempt to silence criticism and was the reason why the government decided to scrap the English  Standards Board. When will Wales follow suit and stop this petty political bickering being considered by the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales? Does Saltney want to end up like Angelsey and many other Welsh Councils? 

Read the full story from the source The Flintshire Chronicle

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