A controversial Solihull councillor is to be suspended for breaching the local authority's code of conduct.
An independent panel took the action after ruling that Coun Howard Allen (Ind Shirley West) had accused a senior official of giving biased advice.
Coun Allen was ejected from the opposition Liberal Democrat group on Solihull Council in October following an outburst he made against plans to redevelop Shirley town centre.
At the time, he vowed to continue to campaign for his constituents as an independent member.
However, the council's standards committee panel, chaired by independent member Dr Robert Moore, has suspended him for a maximum of 28 days from January 1.
The panel said the charges related to an email he sent to a senior council official, saying: "I see no point in a meeting now, given what I interpreted as open support for the controlling political group and an absence of impartial advice at that meeting as confirmed by your latest statement."
The panel said it would withdraw the suspension if Coun Howard submits a letter of apology before it begins. It is understood that he has not withdrawn the statement or made any apology.
Coun Howard has been a vociferous campaigner against plans to transform Shirley town centre with a multimillion pound development which will see a new superstore and high street shops on the Stratford Road parade.
The scheme has caused controversy in the community because it involves building on a small part of Shirley Park. Many residents also believe there are currently too many supermarkets in the area.
Coun Howard was unavailable for comment last night.