Am I allowed to ask a county councillor officer a question for information sent from my parish council email but not referring to myself as cllr or saying it is on behalf of the council.
For example on a council agenda we had a proposal for a bench to be situated outside the town office on the pavement. The clerk had written on the proposal that this would be subject to permission from highways at county who own the land. I wrote to simply ask "What permission do we need from highways to put a bench there? "
At the council meeting I was told t hat I had breached the code of conduct for asking this question and for not going via the clerk to ask it. My argument was that the clerk should have got that information for us before the meeting so we could have a full debate based on all the facts. I had got all the facts because the officer wrote back to me with the answer which was yes and he helpfully drew out the area on which we could put a bench.
Any thoughts gratefully received. I am asking a lot of questions because as a former city councillor the rules and processes were completely different it seems!
Thanks in advance.