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Facebook posts under scrutiny

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Opponents of town councillor Georgina Hill are understood to be taking legal advice following publication of material they fear may compromise an ongoing investigation.

Ms Hill has been campaigning for “transparency” since September last year before issuing a formal complaint against the town clerk, Sue Finch, which is now being investigated independently.

Ms Hill, who represents the St Boisil’s ward in Tweedmouth, refused a request made by the town council to remove the revealing posts she has been making on her open Facebook page as part of her campaign.

Berwick Town Council confirmed: “A letter was sent to Councillor Hill requesting that she remove posts on Facebook which could prejudice the outcome of investigations requested by Councillor Hill and which are still in progress.”

Meanwhile, one councillor insists the town council cannot be any more transparent.

Alan Turbull wrote on Facebook: “The meetings are already open to the public and press, and the minutes of all meetings are on the website, we can’t really be more transparent. What we can be is more accessible and that’s why a proposal will be heard at the next council meeting which shall ask for all future council meetings to be recorded and put up on the website to listen to in full.”

A statement from Berwick Town Council read: “The council’s policies and procedures will be reviewed in due course, as part of the investigation requested by Councillor Hill.

“This will be undertaken by the council’s strategy and policy group. Councillor Hill proposed the formation of this group, to be closed to the press and public, in September 2013.”

 

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