A formal complaint has been made against a Spilsby Town Councillor after unsubstantiated allegations were made against former mayors of the town.
Councillor Julia Pears had made allegations against a number of previous mayors of the town but when challenged to substantiate the allegations Councillor Pears refused to explain or withdraw her allegations.
The allegations date back to the Council’s Annual General Meeting in May where the Council’s mayor and vice-chairman positions were voted on. Councillor Pears had put herself forward for both roles, which is contrary to the way the Council has operated in the past. It was claimed that the previous mayors – Councillor Jim Swanson and Councillor David Pleming – had acted improperly. Councillor Pears left the meeting shortly after the decision to re-appoint Councillor Lenton as mayor.
After being given the opportunity to explain her comments at Council in June, Councillor Pears chose to leave the room while the matter was being discussed. As Councillor Pears had chosen not to respond to requests to explain her allegations or withdraw her comments, either in the meeting or by email, the Council decided that the only further course of action was to make a formal complaint about Councillor Pears as it was felt that her behaviour was against the Councillors’ Code of Conduct.
It has been suggested that Councillor Pears has also complained regarding the conduct of Councillor Lenton on this matter, but this has not been confirmed.
The complaint will now be heard by East Lindsey District Council’s Monitoring Officer who will adjudicate the complaint.