A Scottish Borders councillor has resigned from his role as Chairman of the Planning Committee after a hearing found he breached the code of conduct.
Ron Smith stepped down from that role and also the role of Executive Member for Planning and Environment.
He failed to declare a non-financial interest in relation to a planning application during a meeting.
– Councillor Ron Smith, Scottish Borders Council
"I very much regret the decision of the Standards Commission but this seems to have arisen from differing interpretations of the councillors' code of conduct.
"At all times, I have sought to represent the best interests of my constituents and of Borderers.
"Reflecting on the Commission's decision however, I have decided to step down as Chair of the Planning and Building Standards Committee and as Executive Member for Planning and Environment.
– Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council
"Ron Smith is a hard working councillor and works tirelessly for his constituents.
"I accept but am naturally disappointed with the Standards Commission decision; I believe this stemmed from a genuine difference in interpreting the Councillors' Code of Conduct.
"I fully respect Ron's decision and look forward to continuing to work with him on the council and to his playing a significant part in council business in the future.
"I and other elected members across the political spectrum have a very high regard for the work that Ron does."