As you may know, Somerset County Council have published the outcomes of their investigation into the conduct of a County Councillor, David Huxtable

Why is the Somerset County Council investigation important to WSRA members? Well, the independent investigation (carried out by Nigel Lyons) centred on complaints about the conduct of Cllr Huxtable during the time he was responsible for overseeing the sale of the freehold of the West Somerset Railway. And of course you will know that the West Somerset Railway Association, as a bidder, was very much involved the sale process.

However, although Somerset County Council have found Cllr Huxtable in breach of the Council’s code of conduct and have placed a number of sanctions on Cllr Huxtable, the detail of exactly how the code of conduct was breached remains private. The evidence – verbal and written – to Somerset County Council Standards Committee’s Hearing Panel was presented in private session as were the Panel’s deliberations and decision making.

The investigation report itself – which we have labelled the Lyons Report – has not been published and as far as we know will remain private.

WSRA members may wish to note:

  • there is no mention of the WSRA in the published outcomes
  • speculation that the WSRA was involved in Cllr Huxtable’s wrongdoing remains just speculation
  • speculation that Roger Bush, the WSRA’s agent (see earlier article on WSRA+) was involved in Cllr Huxtable’s wrongdoing remains just speculation
  • the healing of the deep divisions within the WSR family can only be helped by full disclosure of the reports, documents and evidence used by the Hearing Panel to reach their decision
  • full or partial disclosure may help better understanding of who was involved, or not, in Cllr Huxtable’s wrongdoing
  • we have lodged a Freedom of Information request with Somerset County Council for full disclosure of reports, documents and evidence used by the Hearing Panel to reach their decision
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