A group of councillors caught short whilst on official business have been given a ticking off for going up against a hedge to relieve themselves.
The Conservative councillors got told off in front of colleagues when they found a complaint against them put on the agenda during a private meeting. The councillors are all members of Fenland District Council Planning Committee and were on a coach trip around towns and villages to look at sites which had received planning applications.
First off the bus to find a hedge was Councillor Bernard Keane, the octogenarian Mayor of March, who shot off to find a hedgerow when the bus stopped near Wisbech. Half an hour later, and as the coach pulled into another site, Cllr Keane set off again to attend the call of nature but this time was joined by two others.
Another councillor said colleagues who needed to use a toilet should have asked the driver to stop at public conveniences in town. In future the coach will be routed so that stops can be made – ironically Fenland Council is talking of closing seven of the 11 public loos in operates in the four market towns.