Felixstowe: Row rumbles on over councillor complaint

A FORMER guest house owner who lodged an official complaint against a county councillor is today unhappy with officials’ suggestion that no further action should be taken.

Councillors are being advised that thanks to leader Mark Bee stepping into the dispute, a “satisfactory conclusion” had been reached.

But Dave Barker said his complaint against councillor John Goodwin still stood and he was amazed it was not proceeding further.

Mr Barker accused Mr Goodwin of being “rude, ill-mannered and obnoxious” when he approached him about the new �20million Felixstowe Academy project. Mr Goodwin strongly denies the accusation.

Mr Barker, 75, of King Street, Felixstowe, said: “I am very disappointed. I told Mr Bee that I wanted further action taken – I did not want a line drawn under the matter.”

Mr Goodwin, who represents Felixstowe North and Trimley, said: “When you are in the public eye, people can make complaints against you, true or false, in this case false, and there is nothing you can do about it.

“The proper process has been gone through.”

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The county council reached no conclusion about whether Mr Goodwin failed to comply with the code of conduct.