The Legal issue was found in my favour, but the Borough solicitor said that there was nothing the Standards Committee could do as it has no power to sanction Belper Town Council. The majority of Belper Town Council decided they had got of the hook and didn't need to do anything. Not even apologise instead the then Deputy Mayor decided to express his personal views of me which were not positive.
“The Good Councillors Guide” (which is a booklet all members of the Town Council are given on becoming a Councillor and updated when a new edition comes out) says that
“A council has to do what the Law requires it to do.
A council may do anything that the Law permits it to do.
A council may not do anything that is not in legislation.”
The Localism Act 2011 S 27 says that Amber Valley Borough Council has a “Duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct”
BTC agreed on the 14th April 2015 to sent a letter to Deborah Dimock, the Borough Solicitor which ends “Belper Town Council accepts that they did not have the authority to censure Cllr. D. Fisher at a Council meeting held on the 14th January 2014 and agree for the decision and sanctions imposed to be withdrawn.
So far BTC has gone out of its way not to do what it said it was going to not to “agree for the decision and sanctions imposed to be withdrawn”. The contrary action is clearly shown in the minutes of the 14th April 2015.
The Town Council has shown that the Borough Council is unable to comply with the Localism Act 2011 S27 as on the information I have, I can see no way it can maintain and promote high standards of conduct even when a Council has broken the Law as it says it has no sanctions it can impose, and the Standards Committee refused to acknowledge that BTC had not done what it said it was going to do in its letter to the Borough Solicitor.
So the Town Council can apparently break the law with impunity, which does not seem right to me.
Sorry for the delay in responding, the Bank Holiday got in the way.