A TORY Kirklees councillor has been pulled up for ‘inappropriate’ and ‘regrettable’ behaviour towards someone in his ward.
Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt was ordered by Kirklees Council’s Standards Sub-Committee to write an apology letter to Mirfield resident Leslie Hirst.
The move came after Clr Bolt tried to put the record straight with an ‘abusive’ and ‘critical’ statement concerning Mr Hirst at a Mirfield Town Council meeting on July 8 last year.
Clr Bolt spoke out after he was accused by Mr Hirst of writing a letter alienating him from his neighbours.
It was alleged a letter Clr Bolt and Clr Vivien Lee-Hamilton had written to residents at Northorpe Lane suggested Mr Hirst had complained about them parking on the street.
The standards sub-committee found that the letter was not in breach of the council’s code of conduct.
But the committee ruled that Clr Bolt’s statement at the meeting was both ‘inappropriate’ and ‘regrettable’.
A committee hearing led to a notice of outcome being published, in which Clr Bolt is now required to write a letter of apology to Mr Hirst after being in breach of the Mirfield Town Council code of conduct.
Clr Bolt has hit back at the hearing process saying it has been both lengthy and costly to the tax-payer.
He told the Examiner: “From what was said it sounds like it was the first full hearing there has ever been in Kirklees of this sort and it took two years to investigate since the letter was written in 2008.
“One wonders how much this is costing at a time frontline staff are losing jobs.
“Obviously, we need some measures in place to deal with serious allegations that the public would be concerned about.”
The Conservative said he had initially sent the letter in the interest of people living in the area.
“It’s something that councillors often do,” he said.
“In these situations we’ve got to be very careful when we’re trying to defend our reputations.”
Mr Hirst did not wish to comment until he had received the letter of apology from Clr Bolt.