It’s now been confirmed that disgraced councillor Rob Curtis (Labour Gibbonsdown Ward, Barry) has finally relinquished his seats on both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and on Barry Town Council .
As reported by PDN last week Cllr Curtis had already been suspended by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Barry Town Council ( See PDN http://tinyurl.com/jaaboo9 ). Now he is completely out of local politics .
Cllr Curtis was once a £30,000 a year member of the seven-strong ruling ‘cabinet’ of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and was an NHS hospital electrician by profession.
Unbeknownst to the residents of his ward, Curtis had been accused of assaulting a 17-year-old girl whilst on a birdwatching expedition on the island of Skomer off the Pembrokeshire coast in 2014 but this – and the fact that he was facing a subsequent trial in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court – was kept under wraps and not disclosed to his constituents.
In February 2015 Curtis abruptly stepped down as a ‘cabinet’ member on the Vale Council – asserting it was because of ‘pressure of work’ – but continued to cling on to his salaried Vale council seat and his seat on Barry Town Council.
On May 27th 2015 a charge of sexual assault against Curtis was dropped and Curtis pleaded guilty to common assault . Because he wasn’t jailed, he was not automatically disbarred from remaining as a councillor. His case was referred to the ombudsman for Wales and was then considered by the Adjudication Panel for Wales which determined that Cllr Curtis had brought his office as a councillor into “disrepute”.
In October 2015 the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust said Cllr Curtis was no longer employed by them.
Last month the Adjudication Panel for Wales suspended Curtis for a period of three months.
Now he has – at long last – relinquished his seat on the Vale of Glamorgan Council – a move which many councillors say has been far too long coming and something he should have done months ago. Up until this morning Curtis’s name and personal profile still appeared on the Vale of Glamorgan Council website describing him as a councillor . The page was removed from the site later this morning.
BY ELECTION : There will now need to be a by-election for the vacant safe Labour seat representing the Gibbonsdown Ward of Barry prior to the local government elections which are due to be held bn May 4th 2017 . To trigger a by election two electors need to call for a by election,
Curtis had stated on the Vale of Glamorgan Council website that he still held the following positions :-
- Trustee of the Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre
- Co-ordinator of Friends of Barry Beaches
- Chairman of White Farm Conservation Group
- Trustee of the Colcot Community Centre
- A Governor of Oakfield School.
These public bodies have yet to make any statement on Cllr Curtis.