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Complaint is not upheld

Western Isles

THE Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland has not upheld a complaint against seven councillors or former councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in connection with a decision not to open Lewis Sports Centre on a Sunday.

The complaint, on behalf of the Families Into Sport and Health (FISH) group, had alleged a contravention of the councillors’ code of conduct.

It alleged that a number of respondents failed to register an interest in respect of church membership in their Register of Interests, in contravention of section four of the Code of Conduct (Registration of Interests).

It was also alleged that, at a meeting of the full council on October 5, 2016, all seven of the respondents failed to declare a non-financial interest, namely their membership of certain churches.

Their membership and their religious beliefs were said to have influenced them to vote against Sunday opening of the Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais (ISL).

On October 5, 2016, the policy and resources committee met to discuss a report by the chief executive of the comhairle which considered the feasibility of opening the ISL on Sundays for a 12-month trial period. That meeting, by a vote of nine to two, recommended to the full council that it was not operationally feasible for the ISL to open on a Sunday.

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