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Councillor complains to Ombudsman over colleagues

Created on 12/10/2018 @ 14:09
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A complaint has been made to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales about two Powys county councillors.

The Ombudsman has received complaints made by Cllr David Price about Cllrs Elwyn Vaughan, from Llanbrynair, and Gwilym Williams and is considering whether to investigate.

Cllr Price, who is the High Sheriff of Powys this year, believes that both councillors have broken the members Code of Conduct and have harassed him over issues to do with a caravan site he owns.

In September both Cllrs Vaughan and Williams submitted their own complaints to the Ombudsman about Cllr Price.

This follows revelations this summer to do with Cllr Price’s caravan park at his Noyadd Farm Home.

In July, he was given a certificate of lawfulness for 28 caravan pitches.

Evidence showed that the site had run with 28 pitches without the certificate for a number of years.

Under Caravan Club rules he was only allowed to have five pitches.

Both Councillors Vaughan and Williams wanted to see the application passed to another authority for a decision.

They believed that Cllr Price as a former chairman of the planning committee should have known that he needed to change the status of the caravan park.

Cllr Elwyn Vaughan went as far as calling for Cllr Price’s resignation.

A spokesperson for the Public Services Ombudsman, said: “I can confirm the Ombudsman has received complaints against Powys County Councillors Elwyn Vaughan and Gwilym Williams concerning whether they have breached the council’s code of conduct.

“The complaint will be assessed before a decision is taken on whether the matter should be investigated.”

All three councillors have been contacted but refused to comment on the allegations.

At the planning meeting last July planning officers said that Cllr Price had been running the caravan site without the certificate for too long to be subject to enforcement action.

In a subsequent statement Cllr Price said that the caravan and camping site had been set up by his late parents “probably in the 1950s.”

He claimed that councillors’ “harassment” on the issue was effecting his and his wife’s health.

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