Terrington St Clements councillors censured

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Six Terrington St Clement parish councillors have been censured for their conduct in a row over youth facilities in their village.

The group, who all remain councillors, had until the end of next month to undergo training ordered by West Norfolk Council’s standards committee. But the council’s clerk, John Cross, said: “We arranged training for the whole council.”

The six, including vice-chairman Adam Hannay, were found to have breached the authority’s code of conduct in connection with a long-running dispute over provision for young people in the village.

Reports of a standard committee hearing into the case last September showed that Mr Hannay had admitted breaching the code by not declaring that he had given work to close associates.

He was also found to have used his position to block youth facilities and failed to declare interests relating to his roles with the Terrington Tigers Football Club and PACT.

Another councillor, Sheryl Thompson, was also found to have used her position to block facilities for young people, while they and three others – Heather Bobbins, Graham Moore and George Girdlestone – had failed to declare relevant interests and had brought the council into disrepute. A sixth councillor, Stephen Callaghan, was also censured for failing to treat others with respect.

The village has long been divided over proposals to provide a skatepark and other facilities for youngsters.

One resident, who said he did not want to be quoted for fear of repercussions, claimed many villagers believed the six should have stepped down.

But Mr Cross said he did not believe that view was held by the majority of residents.