Recently there have been several cases where my Council's Standing Orders have been ignored and I am concerned that policies and procedures are not being properly followed by a small group of Councillors who include the Chairman and who form a majority on the Council.
I wrote to our Clerk (who is also the Proper Officer) who suggested I make a formal complaint under my Council's Complaints Procedure but my concern is that it appears that any investigation will be conducted BY the Council themselves and that the final point of the Procedure says "Excepting any statutory rights, the Council’s decision is final, there is no further appeals process".
I fear therefore, that my complaints will be "brushed under the carpet" and that by following this course of action, I will not then be able to take them any further?
My question to you is should I use the Council's Complaint Procedure or is there some other, more independent body to whom I can address my concerns?
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have.