Former Mayor of St Albans receives his second drink-driving ban
PUBLISHED: 12:29 21 February 2014
A former St Albans Mayor has lost his licence for the second time in six years after pleading guilty to drink driving.
Cllr Gordon Myland, 77, of Bricket Wood, was banned from holding or obtaining a driving licence for three years after a recent court hearing.
St Albans Magistrates’ Court also fined him £200, ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.
On Wednesday, January 15, he was found driving a Citroën on Victoria Street with 42 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35mcg.
The court took Cllr Myland’s guilty plea into consideration when imposing his sentence.
His photocard driving licence has been sent to the DVLA because of the disqualification.
A Tory councillor for St Stephen, Cllr Myland serves on four St Albans district council committees including the licensing sub-committee, and as vice-chairman of the licensing and regulatory committee.
The councillor of more than 20 years has previously hit the headlines, including when he lost his licence in 2008 after pleading guilty to drink driving.
He was fined, sentenced to a nine-month driving ban, and had to complete a drink-driver rehabilitation course.
While Mayor of St Albans in 2004/05, Cllr Myland had a chequered year in the ceremonial role.
He lost the mayoral chain in a city-centre pub, the Ice Bar, but it was later returned to him.
Shortly afterwards he was reported to the Standards Board for England, for making comments about a barmaid at the Alban Arena while he was hosting a charity performance of the annual pantomime.
And less than three months later he was the subject of a complaint from Verulam School when he kissed female pupils at the annual prize-giving, describing it as a perk of the job.
The Standards Board investigated both complaints and judged that Cllr Myland had breached the local authority code of conduct. The local standards committee accepted that the incident with the barmaid was a breach, but the school complaint was not.
Cllr Myland was barred from the council until he had written an apology to the barmaid. The school, meanwhile, told him not to return.
It is understood that the latest incident has not been referred to the council’s standards committee.
Mike Lovelady, head of democratic and regulatory services, said the council’s member code of conduct and the committee applied to councillors when acting in their capacity as elected members, rather than in a private capacity.
Cllr Myland could not be reached for comment.
Tory group leader Cllr Julian Daly said he had not had the opportunity to discuss the driving ban with the councillor.
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