FOI request (FOI-75317973)
Please make clear any conflicts of Interest that your councillors or planning officers may have with regard to membership of masonic lodges
Requested Fri 11 May 2018
Responded Wed 06 June 2018
The council Code of Conduct (see https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my_council/transparency/code/), states:'Membership of professional /voluntary bodies & conflicts of interest - You should declare membership of any professional body or organisation where your membership may appear to represent a conflict of interest or attract accusations of bias. This includes any private organisations whose membership is not totally open to the public. Any such membership must be recorded in the directorate's declaration reporting book.'
Therefore I request that you reveal your councillors' and your planning officers' membership (if any) of free
masons' lodges that should by law be recorded in the directorate's declaration reporting books (which all councils are obliged by law to keep). Membership of such lodges fits exactly into the category outlined above, and given the council's our commitment to openness and transparency, there is no reason to withhold this information.
Please refer to my email dated 1 March 2018 ref: FOI-67834496 - Hastings Borough Council holds no information in respect of Planning Officers being active members of freemasonry lodges.
Please also refer to my email dated 19 April 2018 - The Code of Conduct relates to Elected Members and not officers of the Council.
Register of Members Interests can be found on our website: https://hastings.moderngov.co.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
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