COUNTY HALL: Not the way to complain

I noticed a letter from Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland Conservatives, addressed to the chief executive of Northumberland County Council, (News Post Leader, March 31). This is the second such letter in recent weeks.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 10:55 am
County Hall, Morpeth. REF 2008145303

My initial thoughts relate to the internal communications system within County Hall.

Coun Jackson and the chief executive both have offices within the building. I would presume the email system works, or failing that, the councillor could pop a letter into the appropriate office, and perhaps even discuss the subject over a coffee.

Using the News Post Leader as a primary communication system runs the risk of the chief executive not living in the newspaper catchment area.

My other thought relates to the professional relationship between elected councillors and officers of the council.

Is there not provision in the code of conduct to protect officers from undue pressure from councillors?

Not understanding the finer points, the letter would appear to do just that in what is a dispute between the local Conservative party and the current ruling administration.

A very undignified way of conducting business.

Alan Tailford