Pocklington Town Council writes to area’s parishes in bid to remove Cllr Strangeway

Councillor Andy Strangeway said the letter was a 'desperate' attempt to discredit him.
Councillor Andy Strangeway said the letter was a 'desperate' attempt to discredit him.

Pocklington Town Council has taken the unprecedented step of writing to a dozen parish councils in a bid to remove a controversial ward councillor.

The council called for the resignation of Cllr Andy Strangeway after East Riding councillors voted by 62 votes to one in favour of sanctions against him, following a recent standards committee hearing.

Coun Strangeway was found to have breached the code of conduct for councillors after the committee upheld allegations of bullying and making a confidential council email, which contained details of future events for two groups of adopted children, public via his blog.

Pocklington Town councillor Martin Cooper said: “If there’s an issue within the system, there’s ways of approaching that system – you do not endanger children.”

A letter signed by Mayor David Sykes said they believed Coun Strangeway “has no place serving the public in a paid position” for leaking the confidential information.

However, Coun Strangeway said it was a “desperate” attempt to discredit him.

He added: “Yes, I did expose it (the email) and would do again because we are still sending out communications by unsafe means to carers.”

Coun Strangeway produced a testimonial from one parish council – Sutton upon Derwent – praising him for being “conscientious and enthusiastic”.

He said: “This conduct typifies the childish campaign I have been subjected to by the town council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council Conservatives. I would like to politely suggest that they all grow up.”