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Parish councillor faces rap under the code of conduct.

A PARISH councillor is facing disciplinary action for allegedly breaking the Councillors' Code of Conduct.

Clr Malcolm MacDonald, pictured inset, represents Shelley on Kirkburton Parish Council but is also vice-chairman of Shelley Community Association.

He was accused of failing to declare interests during parish council meetings following a complaint from fellow councillor Jimmy Paxton. A 21 page report by Kirklees Council's monitoring officer, Vanessa Redfern, has now ruled that Clr MacDonald failed to comply with part 1 of the code during a Kirkburton Parish Council meeting in December 2008. The report highlights several incidents between June 2008 and December 2008 where Clr MacDonald resisted challenges from council clerk Angela Royle and Clr Jimmy Paxton and remained in meetings to vote.

It also says he failed to declare prejudicial and personal interests on numerous decisions relating to Shelley Village Hall.

The property is managed by Shelley Community Association but owned by the parish council.

The council is currently in talks with the association regarding the sale of the lease of the hall.

Clr MacDonald was elected to Kirkburton Parish Council in 2007 and his term ends this May.

He is also a member of Burton Environment Group, Kirkburton Civic Society, Kirklees Rural Transport Partnership, Shelley Educational Trust and the Yorkshire Local Councils' Association.

Councillors on Kirklees Standards Sub-Committee will meet on March 16 to decide what action to take. Punishments for breaking the Councillors' Code of Conduct range from being required to apologise to a six month suspension.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 5, 2011
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