TWO Henley-in-Arden parish councillors have had a complaint brought against them by colleagues dismissed - the latest in a series of controversies which is thought to have cost taxpayers around £10,000.
The Standards & Ethics committee of Stratford District Council threw out the complaint made by Beaudesert & Henley Joint Parish Council against Couns Sue Osborne and Bill Leech concerning the alleged misuse of their official letterhead.
Councillors also voted to pass the matter to Warwickshire Police who chose not to investigate further.
The matter arose after a local resident asked the two councillors to include a complaint he had about the council’s chairman Coun Les Goodwin, on the parish agenda.
The resident asked for an apology from Cllr Goodman after he was prevented from talking about the cattle market redevelopment at a meeting last year. He then made a formal complaint to Stratford District Council’s monitoring officer which was rejected.
However battle lines were drawn when Cllrs Leech and Osborne used official parish council letterheads albeit with the word DRAFT clearly printed to which the council objected.
Parish clerk Jenny Walsh had told the two councillors that the action was potentially fraudulent.
She said: “There were a variety of complaints and this particular issue relates back to a letter sent to me as a clerk by the two councillors named requesting me to include an item on the agenda.
“The parish council isn’t at liberty to discuss individual complaints and they were wrong to ask me to include it. The letter they signed included a draft apology on the council’s letterhead which purported to be a draft reply from the council.”