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West Norfolk Council standards hearing adjourned because of 'lack of time to consider reports'

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A hearing examining allegations against a West Norfolk councillor has been adjourned until the New Year.

The authority's standards committee met at Lynn's town hall this afternoon to consider the findings of an investigation into the conduct of an unnamed member.

But the hearing only lasted for around five minutes before being re-scheduled for January 31.

King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49900631)
King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49900631)

Simon Nash, who was elected to chair the three-member committee, said councillors who attended a training session last Friday, December 10, were advised that a six-week period was "reasonable" to study the reports and formulate questions.

The meeting heard that the report had only been released to members last Thursday – the day before the training session took place.

And Mr Nash said: "Even though an admission of guilt and an apology has been tabled, that does not, in my opinion, grant sufficient time."

He added that one of the committee's members, Labour's Christine Hudson, had not received paperwork on the case until yesterday or today.

His proposal to adjourn the session was seconded by former borough mayor Colin Manning and carried.

The meeting had earlier heard that the complaint on which the case was based had been tabled by Terry Parish, the leader of the main opposition Independent group on April 23.

The council's monitoring officer then decided the matter should be referred to a standards panel in September.

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