Council investigating formal complaints made against Peckham councillors

News Desk (28 July, 2016)

Cllrs Nick Dolezal and Barrie Hargrove are accused of breaching their Code of Conduct with regards to 'always treating people with respect'

8116The council's offices on Tooley Street

Formal complaints have been made against two councillors after a row broke out with residents at the Peckham and Nunhead Community Council meeting on June 29.

At the meeting, it was said that members of the Save Southwark Woods campaign exchanged heated words with Lane ward councillor Nick Dolezal.

Cllr Dolezal was alleged to have sworn and acted in a “threatening” manner towards two residents during an unscheduled debate about the council’s plans to re-landscape Camberwell New Cemetery, with the aim of providing new burial plots.

The News understands from residents who attended, that among the complaints was an accusation that councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for communities and safety, spoke out of turn to a resident in a “rude, patronising” manner.

Southwark Council will now carry out an internal investigation into whether cllrs Hargrove and Dolezal were in breach of Section Ten of the council’s Code of Conduct: “always treating people with respect”.

A council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that several complaints have been received relating to the community council meeting on June 29.

“We cannot comment further while these are assessed in line with council procedure.”

 

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