Parish Council asks Rodney Cann to step down as chairman

North Devon Councillor Rodney Cann.

North Devon Councillor Rodney Cann. - Credit: Archant

But councillor says he has ‘no intention’ of resigning his position at Fremington Parish Council.

FREMINGTON Parish Council Chairman Rodney Cann said he has ‘no intention’ of leaving his post following a complaint which claimed he breached the Data Protection Act.

Parish councillors voted to ask Cllr Cann to give up the chairman’s position at a recent meeting after reviewing a letter of complaint from an unnamed parishioner which accused him of breaching the act, designed to stop the sharing of sensitive or personal information.

When asked by the North Devon Gazette, Mr Cann categorically stated that he would not be relinquishing his position.

“I wasn’t present for that vote and do not want to comment,” he said.

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“I am proud of the work I do for Fremington and I have no intention of resigning.”

The issue was not discussed at Monday night’s meeting of the full council and afterwards Mr Cann said the meeting had been ‘very positive’ and ‘everything went very smoothly’.

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“Fremington Parish Council is a very good council and we are getting on with the job,” he added.

Councillors have also requested a letter of apology to the parish council, and all council members and staff will now attend data protection training.

The council’s data protection policy will be reviewed and a complaints procedure will be implemented.

The parish clerk is to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office, which deals with data protection and freedom of information.

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