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Parish council chairman under investigation

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: June 06, 2009

Julie Myers has made a complaint about the behaviour of parish councillor Paul Ryder

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THE chairman of Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council is under investigation by the standards board which looks into possible misconduct by councillors.

Cheltenham Borough Council has appointed an official to investigate allegations made by parish councillor Julie Myers into the behaviour of the parish chairman Paul Ryder.

At the council's meeting on Thursday, clerk Amanda Winstone read out a letter from the borough council.

She said: "An investigation is being made by the standards committee against allegations made by Julie Myers against Paul Ryder in that he may have failed to comply by the code of conduct."

The letter said Mrs Myers has alleged that Mr Ryder had made aggressive phone calls to her and that he held a grudge against her.

The parish council passed a vote of no confidence in Mrs Myers in March, and she had been ousted from the chairmanship of the Warden Hill in Bloom committee.

Cheltenham Borough Council's standard's committee is also investigating her conduct as a parish councillor.

Coun Anne Regan said: "It's quite serious allegations are being made when the chairman is trying to do his job as fairly as he can."

Another councillor, Alan Nicholson, proposed a vote of confidence in the chairman which was passed unanimously.

Mr Ryder said: "While I am under investigation I can make no comment.

"I can say that I take great comfort from the vote of confidence which was passed by all my fellow councillors and I see it as not just for me but for the office of chairman."

Mrs Myers, who sent her apologies for missing Thursday's meeting, said: "Out of respect for Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council, until the invest- igation has been concluded I will make no comment."

A spokeswoman for Cheltenham Borough Council said: "We can confirm two complaints have been received about the councillors and investigations are continuing."

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