I am a expert on a certain subject and have a history of victories over Council Officers. I do not say that in a condescending way but I am confident that everything I have done has a public benefit. That being said I can understand the Council Officers involved being wary of me. Historically I have always dealt direct with individual officers but recently I was forwarded a request from the Council Officer requesting that in future no correspondence would be accepted other than from the clerk. I checked this out with the Councils legal team and they said unless they were manifest reasons the officer could not refuse to deal with me. Enquiries revealed that the letter was in fact instigated by our clerk and not the Council officer. Now last week I was contacted by a resident and advised of a certain problem . By means of example this was a faulty street light and I reported this direct to the Council Officer involved . I am now being threatened by the Conduct Code utilising the following para from Standing orders and I am anxious for opinions as to how this limits Councillor activities. Par 25 reads 25. Restrictions on councillor activities
a. Unless authorised by a resolution, no councillor shall: i. inspects any land and/or premises which the council has a right or duty to inspect;
or ii. issue orders, instructions or directions.
Now I read this as advising that I cannot issue orders, instructions or directions. Simple as . It does not ban from contacting anyone with general enquiries or reporting matters. Essentially our clerk is saying "It does if I say so". Now many Councillors think I am just being awkward but to me this represents an important "line in the sand " as to where the "boundary lines" are. Personally I feel that if I am to be restricted then there is no point in me being a Councillor. Opinions please