THE leader of Rother District Council will face trial in the New Year charged with driving an unroadworthy car and using it without an MOT certificate.
Councillor Carl Maynard’s case was due to be heard last Thursday (December 22) at Hastings Magistrates Court but was adjourned until February 16.
Cllr Maynard, 40, of Baldslow Down, St Leonards, is accused of two offences.
It is alleged that on September 1 he drove a 20-year-old Rover Metro on the A259 De La Warr Road, Bexhill, while its suspension was in a collapsed state and likely to cause injury.
At the same time, it is also alleged that Cllr Maynard used the vehicle without a test certificate.
District Judge Peter Crabtree allowed Cllr Maynard’s application for his trial to be adjourned after it became clear that two witnesses on whom he intended to rely for written statements in evidence would both need to attend in person.
Cllr Maynard, conducting his own defence, said this followed the introduction of an expert witness by the prosecution of which he had only received notification just a week earlier on Thursday, December 15, leaving him insufficient time to prepare accordingly.
Cllr Maynard represents the Brede Valley Ward, which includes Brede, Westfield, Udimore, Broad Oak and Kent Street, as a Conservative member of Rother District Council, where he is currently leader.
He also represents Brede Valley and Marsham on East Sussex County Council (ESCC), where he is lead member for economy, transport and environment. ESCC’s website states he is responsible for operational services, planning and developmental control, transport strategy, road safety, environmental and waste strategy, trading standards, emergency planning, Gypsies and travellers.