'We don't need training' - Seaton town councillors

PUBLISHED: 12:50 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010

SEATON Town Council voted against East Devon District Council recommendations to be trained on conduct following the recent suspension of a councillor.

SEATON Town Council voted against East Devon District Council recommendations to be trained on conduct following the recent suspension of a councillor.Cllr John Meakin was suspended for two months for failing to declare a prejudicial interest. But Seaton councillors felt the training suggested by the Standard's Committee was uncalled for as they had not done anything wrong.Cllr Graham Jones said: "I'm willing to do it, if EDDC will do it also."Cllr Larry Garner, referring to Councillor Meakin's case, said: "If a councillor who was suspended cannot be trained in 12 years, how long is it going to take EDDC to train me?"Mayor Sandra Semple added: "I would be prepared to take training if I do something wrong. "But why should I do it for something I haven't done?"Cllr Pepita Collins said she felt confident the current and future town clerks could advise them appropriately. But Cllr Peter Burrows felt this was a personal attack on their predecessors.He said: "I've been a councillor for just under 20 years and this is the first time I have been on a council when somebody has been chastised so severely. "Pepita mentioned councillors seeking advice. This [referring to Cllr Meakin's case] was the councillor's fault. He did not seek advice.


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