BLOCKING residents from Facebook and Twitter, holding consultations in a pub and only resurfacing roads outside their own homes are just some of the allegations made against county councillors.

There were 13 complaints lodged against Surrey County Council members in 2017, including accusations of one being self-contradicting and unprofessional.

One was accused of trespassing on land to measure boundaries while another was alleged to have been intimidating.

The number of complaints alleged to have breached the council’s Code of Conduct has fallen from 16 in 2016 making this year a “quiet year”, according to members of the audit and governance committee who discussed the list of complaints at a meeting at County Hall on Thursday (April 12).

Each of the 13 allegations were closed after no breach found, complaint not upheld or no further action taken.

Cllr Fiona White said: “Complaints are a mischievous way for people wanting to complain about things they don’t agree with. It’s good to see we haven’t got many major complaints against us this year.”

SCC’s Code of Conduct looks at councillors’ behaviour in terms of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

An investigation is carried out and discussed with an independent person once a complaint has been made before a decision is reached.

Any councillor who fails to disclose or declare a pecuniary interest will face criminal prosecution. There were none such complaints this year.

External investigations can cost the council up to £5,000 if carried out.

Get Surrey has asked for the names of councillors who had complaints made against them.

Full list of complaints lodged against Surrey County Councillors for 2017: 

  • Cllr is discriminating against a minority group by holding a consultation in a pub
  • Cllr supported application using taxpayers money
  • Cllr supported application using taxpayers money
  • Cllr acted unprofessionally and failed to obtain full details on a matter
  • Data protection breach and cllr behaved inappropriately
  • Only section of road outside cllr’s house has been resurfaced
  • Cllr used council resources improperly for political purposes – cllr published an SCC email address on promotional material during Purdah
  • Cllr is self-contradicting and unprofessional
  • Blocked on Facebook and Twitter leaving resident unable to contact him and subscribed him to newsletter without permission
  • Cllr trespassed on land and measured boundaries Lack of response Personal attack was made Intimidation