Former chair and fellow councillor resign from Yarm Town Council after series of disputes

Darlington and Stockton Times: Councillors Chris Johnson and Jason Hadlow have quit Yarm Town Council Councillors Chris Johnson and Jason Hadlow have quit Yarm Town Council

TWO councillors tonight (Tuesday, February 25) resigned from Yarm Town Council after a series of disputes with its chairman and fellow councillors.

Jason Hadlow and Chris Johnson, both Conservative councillors, said it was with “sadness” and regret they decided to step down.

They wrote separate letters to chairman Peter Monck outlining their reasons for resignation.

The town council has been divided by infighting and disputes for several years, which came to a head in recent months.

The Northern Echo learnt earlier today that police had examined a case of alleged hacking of the town council’s email account.

However, this is completely unconnected to the councillors’ resignations.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Concerns were raised regarding access to an email account. These concerns were looked into and no offences had been committed.”

In their resignations letters, Councillors Johnson and Hadlow accused the town council of holding “illegal meetings”, leaking private data.

They also objected to Coun Hadlow being banned from speaking at a recent meeting.

Coun Johnson said he had been angered by Coun Monck claiming recently that Yarm Town Council was in favour of pay and display parking in the town – when he says the majority of the councillors were against it.

But Coun Monck said: “What I said was that the council was in favour of Stockton council’s investment in Yarm High Street, not in favour of pay and display parking. The council has not changed its position on being opposed to pay and display.”

He insisted no meetings have been held illegally and all were properly advertised. He also denied that any private information had been leaked.

While Coun Hadlow was chairman in 2012, the council lost nearly £40,000 in a costly judicial review against pay and display parking – and recently councillors have been looking at how the costs can be recovered.

Coun Hadlow told The Northern Echo: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am forced to resign from a council that I served for six years, both as Chair and Mayor.”

 

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7:54am Wed 26 Feb 14

lucybob says...

peter monck
He insisted no meetings have been held illegally and all were properly advertised. He also denied that any private information had been leaked
so why have I made an official complaint and reported ytc to ico

03/02/2014



Peter Monck
Chairman
Yarm Town Council

FORMAL COMPLAINT REGARDING HANDLING OF FREEDOM INFORMATION
REQUEST AND BREACH OF DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998/2000

Judicial Review – Case Reference FOI03122013

I am writing to make a formal complaint to the handling of Freedom of Information request.
This letter is addressed to the chair as I am following Yarm Town Council complaints procedure
that advises complaints relating to the mishandling of Yarm Town Council business should be
addressed to the chair. I have copied in members of the complaints committee, Our Local MP
and David Bond Yarm Town Council monitoring officer. I will be making a complaint to ICO
regarding the refusal to handle my Freedom of Information request in due course.


NATURE OF THE COMPLAINT

1 Yarm Town Council published my home address in the public domain.

Freedom of information request submitted to Yarm Town Council 3/12/13 via
https://www.whatdoth
eyknow.com/request/j
udical_review_car_pa
rking#incoming-47691
0



Will I get the information in the format I want? #
The law requires that if you ask for the information to be provided in a particular format the public authority is required to provide any information released in the requested format so long as it is as reasonably practicable to do so. Unfortunately, the Information Commissioner and Tribunal are currently interpreting this requirement to refer only to the choice between receiving documents in paper format or receiving them electronically and not to a choice of electronic file format.
We think the person making the request should be able to specify an electronic format and we note that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 uses the words ‘... or in another form acceptable to the applicant’
11/12/13
letter sent to my home address – address removed from what do they know website

20/12/13
letter sent to my home address displayed on wdtk website

28/01/14 letter loaded on wdtk website displaying my home address


30/01/2014
it was brought to my attention that my address was visible to members of the public on wdtk website. I emailed the chairman, clerk and cc David Bond asking for it removed and asked for an
Explanation as to why dpa had been breached. Only David Bond replied.

Friday 1pm rang Clerk to ask what was happening – told emails sent, said I hadn’t got them, well I sent them good bye then put the phone down. The issues with town clerks emails will be addressed in separate complaint.
If the clerk had been willing to explain on the phone this matter could have been dealt with and perhaps sorted out.

03/02/2014

Part of my address and postcode have now been removed from wdtk site.


I believe Yarm Town Council are in breach of Data protection act

Yarm Town Council held my personal details for longer than required
under the dpa, yarm town council held my address for a foi request October 13

http://www.yourright
s.org.uk/yourrights/
privacy/data-protect
ion/overview-of-data
-protection-principl
es.shtml

Second Principle

“Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes”.

This means that the data controller must have a valid reason to collect your personal data and must inform you what that reason is. Data collected for one reason cannot be used for any other unrelated purpose. For example, if a company holds your name and address for a particular purpose, it cannot give that information to a mail order company without your permission.

If a data controller wishes to use your data for an unspecified purpose, they must obtain your express consent to do so.

Fifth Principle

“Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes”.

2 the clerk acting on behalf of yarm town council is in committed gross misconduct
by releasing my personal details on the internet.

Examples of gross misconduct
disclosure of confidential information
taken from Nalc@nalc.gov.uk
letter below signature for your information

http://ico.org.uk/Gl
obal/~/media/documen
ts/library/Data_Prot
ection/Practical_app
lication/THE_GUIDE_T
O_DATA_PROTECTION.as
hx
for your reference



3 Yarm town council in breach of freedom information for not providing a publiction scheme.

As well as responding to requests for information, you must publish information proactively. The Freedom of Information Act requires every public authority to have a publication scheme, approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and to publish information covered by the scheme.
http://ico.org.uk/fo
r_organisations/free
dom_of_information/g
uide/publication_sch
eme#what-information
-do-we-need-to-publi
sh-1

Yours Faithfully

Sandra Mcleavy (ms)






DISCIPLINARY AND GRIEVANCE ARRANGEMENTS
Appendix
Examples of gross misconduct

1 Gross misconduct is misconduct that is so serious that it is likely to lead to dismissal without notice. The following list contains some examples of gross misconduct.
bullying, discrimination and harassment
incapacity at work because of alcohol or drugs
violent behaviour
fraud or theft
gross negligence
gross insubordination
serious breaches of health and safety rules
serious and deliberate damage to property
use of the internet or email to access pornographic, obscene or offensive material
disclosure of confidential information.
peter monck He insisted no meetings have been held illegally and all were properly advertised. He also denied that any private information had been leaked so why have I made an official complaint and reported ytc to ico 03/02/2014 Peter Monck Chairman Yarm Town Council FORMAL COMPLAINT REGARDING HANDLING OF FREEDOM INFORMATION REQUEST AND BREACH OF DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998/2000 Judicial Review – Case Reference FOI03122013 I am writing to make a formal complaint to the handling of Freedom of Information request. This letter is addressed to the chair as I am following Yarm Town Council complaints procedure that advises complaints relating to the mishandling of Yarm Town Council business should be addressed to the chair. I have copied in members of the complaints committee, Our Local MP and David Bond Yarm Town Council monitoring officer. I will be making a complaint to ICO regarding the refusal to handle my Freedom of Information request in due course. NATURE OF THE COMPLAINT 1 Yarm Town Council published my home address in the public domain. Freedom of information request submitted to Yarm Town Council 3/12/13 via https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/j udical_review_car_pa rking#incoming-47691 0 Will I get the information in the format I want? # The law requires that if you ask for the information to be provided in a particular format the public authority is required to provide any information released in the requested format so long as it is as reasonably practicable to do so. Unfortunately, the Information Commissioner and Tribunal are currently interpreting this requirement to refer only to the choice between receiving documents in paper format or receiving them electronically and not to a choice of electronic file format. We think the person making the request should be able to specify an electronic format and we note that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 uses the words ‘... or in another form acceptable to the applicant’ 11/12/13 letter sent to my home address – address removed from what do they know website 20/12/13 letter sent to my home address displayed on wdtk website 28/01/14 letter loaded on wdtk website displaying my home address 30/01/2014 it was brought to my attention that my address was visible to members of the public on wdtk website. I emailed the chairman, clerk and cc David Bond asking for it removed and asked for an Explanation as to why dpa had been breached. Only David Bond replied. Friday 1pm rang Clerk to ask what was happening – told emails sent, said I hadn’t got them, well I sent them good bye then put the phone down. The issues with town clerks emails will be addressed in separate complaint. If the clerk had been willing to explain on the phone this matter could have been dealt with and perhaps sorted out. 03/02/2014 Part of my address and postcode have now been removed from wdtk site. I believe Yarm Town Council are in breach of Data protection act Yarm Town Council held my personal details for longer than required under the dpa, yarm town council held my address for a foi request October 13 http://www.yourright s.org.uk/yourrights/ privacy/data-protect ion/overview-of-data -protection-principl es.shtml Second Principle “Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes”. This means that the data controller must have a valid reason to collect your personal data and must inform you what that reason is. Data collected for one reason cannot be used for any other unrelated purpose. For example, if a company holds your name and address for a particular purpose, it cannot give that information to a mail order company without your permission. If a data controller wishes to use your data for an unspecified purpose, they must obtain your express consent to do so. Fifth Principle “Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes”. 2 the clerk acting on behalf of yarm town council is in committed gross misconduct by releasing my personal details on the internet. Examples of gross misconduct disclosure of confidential information taken from Nalc@nalc.gov.uk letter below signature for your information http://ico.org.uk/Gl obal/~/media/documen ts/library/Data_Prot ection/Practical_app lication/THE_GUIDE_T O_DATA_PROTECTION.as hx for your reference 3 Yarm town council in breach of freedom information for not providing a publiction scheme. As well as responding to requests for information, you must publish information proactively. The Freedom of Information Act requires every public authority to have a publication scheme, approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and to publish information covered by the scheme. http://ico.org.uk/fo r_organisations/free dom_of_information/g uide/publication_sch eme#what-information -do-we-need-to-publi sh-1 Yours Faithfully Sandra Mcleavy (ms) DISCIPLINARY AND GRIEVANCE ARRANGEMENTS Appendix Examples of gross misconduct 1 Gross misconduct is misconduct that is so serious that it is likely to lead to dismissal without notice. The following list contains some examples of gross misconduct. bullying, discrimination and harassment incapacity at work because of alcohol or drugs violent behaviour fraud or theft gross negligence gross insubordination serious breaches of health and safety rules serious and deliberate damage to property use of the internet or email to access pornographic, obscene or offensive material disclosure of confidential information. lucybob

8:53am Wed 26 Feb 14

lucybob says...

just in case anybody had any doubt here is a link to wdtk
https://www.whatdoth
eyknow.com/request/j
udical_review_car_pa
rking#incoming-48133
0
Yarm Town Council

3 February 2014


Good morning



To just confirm I received an e-mail from the WDTK team on 31 January 2014
23:28 confirming that Ms Mcleavy’s address has been removed from the site



Regards





Maureen
just in case anybody had any doubt here is a link to wdtk https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/j udical_review_car_pa rking#incoming-48133 0 Yarm Town Council 3 February 2014 Good morning To just confirm I received an e-mail from the WDTK team on 31 January 2014 23:28 confirming that Ms Mcleavy’s address has been removed from the site Regards Maureen lucybob

11:00am Wed 26 Feb 14

simpsonm says...

The resignation of these two goons is the best thing that could have happened to Yarm. I have been a town councillor for fourteen years and if I had not been in place when Jason Hadlow came to office there would have been nothing left of council funds by now. As it is these two goons have been responsible for squandering money on a Judicial Review case that was full of misinformation and was doomed to failure from the very beginning. These two men masquerade as business men. Everyone should look on Company House to see the mess they have been in for years. Do not be fooled by what they spout and what their new followers are up to I really do not know. Maybe our MP can give us a clue.
The resignation of these two goons is the best thing that could have happened to Yarm. I have been a town councillor for fourteen years and if I had not been in place when Jason Hadlow came to office there would have been nothing left of council funds by now. As it is these two goons have been responsible for squandering money on a Judicial Review case that was full of misinformation and was doomed to failure from the very beginning. These two men masquerade as business men. Everyone should look on Company House to see the mess they have been in for years. Do not be fooled by what they spout and what their new followers are up to I really do not know. Maybe our MP can give us a clue. simpsonm

11:34am Wed 26 Feb 14

Lancelot says...

How do you address a chair? "Now look here, I'm going to sit on you!" The correct term, in English, is Chairman, whether male or femail. Stop bastardising the Engliosh language.
How do you address a chair? "Now look here, I'm going to sit on you!" The correct term, in English, is Chairman, whether male or femail. Stop bastardising the Engliosh language. Lancelot

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