Unrelenting pressure continues to be piled on Howden’s East Riding of Yorkshire County Councillor Charles Bayram, as local campaigners launched an online petition calling for his resignation in the wake of tax payer funded tarmac having been used by Council contractors to resurface 40 metres of the Councillor’s private driveway at his South Cave home. The petition augments the 200 signatures already collected by local people in the retail area of the Town last month.
The petition also calls for the Council to consider its policy on use of spare materials from work done by contractors, as Cllr Bayram is the second senior local Conservative elected official to become embroiled in controversy in the last few months. Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart was forced to rip up resurfacing work done for free by Council tax funded materials after a campaign led by Labour Party local Chair George McManus saw Mr. Stuart censured by the Parliamentary Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Local campaigner Matt Gibson said; “It is totally unjustified for local Councillors such as Mr. Bayram to have such work done for free, when the rest of us would have to stump up the money for measuring up, estimates, labour and materials. Given the current economic problems it is at least insensitive, and at worst contemptuous of the needs of Howden residents, especially as Mr. Bayram is on record claiming that he has done nothing wrong”.
Colin Turner, Howden’s Labour Party Chair is worried about the confusion surrounding Mr. Bayram. “We need clarification from the Council regarding any possible hearing of the Standards Committee, and whilst we fully support Cllr. Bayram’s democratic right to put his case across, we call on the Council to set the standards for open and transparent local democratic processes by issuing a statement in the public domain regarding what, if any investigations are taking place. We must avoid the conclusion that the Public may draw that there is one rule for elected politicians and another for the rest of the community if we are to maintain public confidence in local politics.Local democracy is on trial and the Council must be open, transparent and accountable in dealing with all such issues, now and in the future.”
The petition can be found at http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/petition-for-councillor-charles-bayram-to-resign-and-east-riding-council-to-change-its-policy-on-the-disposal-of-excess-materials/3481