Confusion over suspension of Healing parish councillor cleared up
CONFUSION over the suspension of a parish councillor has been cleared up.
The suspension of Healing parish councillor Melanie Dickerson was for a period of four months from February 13.
As reported, that was imposed for a breach of planning guidelines to councillors and their declaration of interest in meetings.
The outcome means the suspension ceases at midnight on Tuesday – just hours after the next Parish Council meeting.
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The parish councillor, who also represents the Wolds on North East Lincolnshire Council, had been expected to take over the role of mayor of North East Lincolnshire last month, but the ruling Labour administration claimed she was “not fit and proper to hold the office of mayor,” and Labour councillor for Immingham Mike Burton was voted in instead.
Councillor Dickerson, 64, who has sat on Healing parish council for about 25 years, believed her suspension became active from the date of the Standards Board hearing on February 6, and was from four consecutive meetings starting from February 6 and ending in May.
But in a clarification from the legal services team at North East Lincolnshire Council yesterday, a spokeswoman said the suspension became active from the date of the notice which was published on February 13 following the hearing.
Councillor Dickerson, who had earlier demanded her right to be at the parish council meeting on June 12, said she would not now attend. Parish council clerk Kathy Nunn said the councillor will be able to resume her duties from June 13.