Depute council leader censured

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Argyll and Bute Council’s depute leader has contravened two elements of the code of conduct for councillors.

Conservative Helensburgh councillor Gary Mulvaney was the subject of a Standards Commission for Scotland hearing last month after new parking restrictions were introduced near a sheltered housing development run by Dunbritton Housing Association in Cardross.

The hearing found that Mr Mulvaney – a member of Dunbritton’s board – failed to declare an interest when the parking limits issue was discussed by the council’s Helensburgh and Lomond area committee in December 2017.

The panel decided censured Mr Mulvaney, although the panel also noted his long service to public life as a councillor and were satisfied he had made no personal gain.

The panel’s report was due to go before the full council yesterday (Thursday).

Councillor Mulvaney said: ‘In practical terms, this was an issue whether the council put double yellow lines in a layby, which is adjacent to a small number of Dunbritton homes.

‘The panel accepted the matter was clearly one of road safety and that I was trying to act in the overall public interest.

‘They agreed that I had a finely balanced judgement to make and that I was diligent in applying the code and acted in the proper manner.

‘However, in what was for them a finely balanced decision, they considered that when faced with such a fine judgement call, I should have erred on the side of caution and withdrawn. That is something I accept and will be bear in mind in the future.’

Councillor Gary Mulvaney. NO_c08mulvaney01