Councillor faces censure over dam claims

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 05:00 26/07/2014

Relevant offers

A Hawke's Bay regional councillor is facing possible censure after claiming other councillors wanted the proposed Ruataniwha dam "at any cost".

Christine Scott has complained to chairman Fenton Wilson that Tom Belford breached the council's code of conduct in a blog.

Belford said Scott and four other councillors, including Wilson, as well as senior managers and the council investment company, "want a dam . . . at any cost".

"They fear the strong environmental protections required by the BOI [board of inquiry] will quash the dam, whose prime purpose is to promote intensified farming".

Belford also claimed the councillors had "worked mightily to undermine" the decision.

In her complaint to Wilson, Scott said the claims were "blatantly untrue". In response to her asking for a retraction of the blog and an apology, Belford had told a local newspaper he would not apologise.

She said Belford's comments were an "appalling breach" of the code of conduct.

The council will discuss the complaint at its meeting on Wednesday. Wilson has proposed an independent investigation to ascertain whether the code of conduct had been breached.

If it had, Belford could be censured or removed from some roles.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should Wellington have a new convention centre?

Yes, the Hilton is a missed opportunity

Yes, but there's no need for another hotel and the price was too high

Yes, and it would be much better on Interisland wharf

No, Wellington has enough such facilities for its size

Vote Result

Related story: $100m Hilton project back to drawing board

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content