Councillor set for hearing into conduct

Scarboroughs Got Talent Heat ...Carole Gerada 094447h news
Scarboroughs Got Talent Heat ...Carole Gerada 094447h news

A SCARBOROUGH parish councillor is set to face a hearing over allegations she breached the authority’s code of conduct.

Cllr Carole Gerada, who sits on Eastfield Parish Council, is alleged to have treated fellow councillors with disrespect and brought the council into dispute.

The matters relate to incidents which followed Cllr Gerada’s election to the parish council in May this year.

A report from Ian Anderson, Scarborough Council’s head of legal and democratic services, revealed the details behind the allegations.

It said: “The complaints made are that Cllr Gerada failed to treat parish councillors Graham Elliott, Christine Parsons and Adele Jackson with respect.

“In that, she has made repeated allegations about the councillors which are unsupported by evidence.

“She has made critical comment in public places in relation to the conduct of the councillors which is unsupported by evidence.

“The parish councillor brought the parish council or the office of parish councillor into disrepute by publishing information.

“She has made repeated allegations about the parish council of which she is a member.

“The agreed facts appear to be that prior to her election, Cllr Gerada was a public critic of the parish council.

“Following her election, she has robustly challenged fellow councillors in relation to the manner in which she perceives the council to be managed.

“That robust challenge has included widely publicised statements which question the integrity of some of her fellow councillors.

“Cllr Gerada believes her actions are fully justified.

“The evidence in dispute appears to be where objectively viewed.

“Cllr Gerada’s conduct in challenging the parish councillors could be regarded as falling into the category of failing to treat others with respect.

“It also appears to be whether her conduct in this regard was such as to bring her office and the parish council into disrepute.”

Scarborough Council’s Standards Committee are due to hold the meeting in the Town Hall on Monday, October 31.