THE senior legal officer of Thurrock Council has taken the unusual step of issuing a public statement in the wake of a string of allegations against a Borough councillor by a former Mayor.
Colin Churchman, a former Conservative mayor, issued a public statement, distributed to local councillors, MPs and the media calling on Thurrock Conservative leader Cllr Phil Anderson to mount an investigation into a councillor.
Mr Churchman believes a councillor has acted inappropriately in planning matters.
However, within hours of the Mr Churchman’s statement being issued, Head of Legal & Democratic Services and the authority’s Monitoring Officer, Fiona Taylor, issued her own statement which read: “A mass circulated email making certain allegations against a Member of Thurrock Council. I can confirm this complaint was fully investigated and not upheld both on original assessment and review – including the full involvement of the statutory Independent Person under the Localism Act 2011 who also recommended it should not be upheld.”