He’s not the first among ‘Your Waverley’ councillors to join the cash and clout brigade.
and here’s a response a resident received after he had made a complaint!
Dear Ms McQuillan,
A ‘Monitoring’ process which does not investigate information provided anonymously is not fit for purpose and must surely be in direct conflict with the council’s whistleblowing policy?
As I hope you can appreciate, I am not willing to have my identity disclosed to Mr Reynolds as this may prejudice any future planning applications I choose to make.
The Monitoring Officer can easily verify the facts I have reported:
(1) Councillor Reynolds made in a public forum (Facebook) touting for a building plot which was seen by thousands of local residents, including fellow councillors.
(2) Councillor Reynolds has not declared an interest in property development in the WBC register of interests.
The Monitoring Officer should recognise there is a potential breach of the Localism Act which they are duty bound to investigate now it has been brought to their attention.
‘A concerned Waverley resident’
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, MonitoringOfficer <MonitoringOfficer@waverley.gov.uk> wrote:
Thank you for your email. The Council takes complaints about the conduct of councillors very seriously and considers each one in accordance with its arrangements for dealing with complaints, which are available on our website. The arrangements set out the criteria against which all complaints are considered to assess whether they are valid complaints. Unfortunately, complaints which are submitted anonymously are not normally investigated.
I would be very grateful, therefore, if you could indicate whether you are willing to make your identity known, and if so, would you also be willing for the councillor concerned to be made aware of your identity? Without this, the Monitoring Officer may be unable to investigate the complaint in accordance with the Council’s process. If you have a particular reason why you wish to remain anonymous, the Monitoring Officer is willing to consider this.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards, Emma
Emma McQuillan Democratic Services Manager (Deputy Monitoring Officer)Policy and Governance www.waverley.gov.uk/committees Direct Line: 01483 523351