A Powys councillor was advised to take a Facebook posting down which he claimed showed a fellow councillor “snoozing on the job”.

In the original posting Cllr Mark Barnes said: “Every member and officer within every council should take their role very seriously and this is further evidence that this is not always the case.”

Cllr Barnes said it was not a personal attack on Cllr Peter Roberts and that he posted it online on Sunday night to highlight “inefficiencies” at the council.

Cllr Barnes said: “I’ve been asked to take the clip down and I have done.

“It was not meant to single out Cllr Roberts.

“I said if I saw someone else fall asleep in a meeting, officer or councillor I would do something about it, as it shouldn’t happen, and that’s what I did.

“It was meant to be a shot across the bow, it just happened to be Cllr Roberts, it was never meant to be personal.

“I have been told off and I will speak to him and apologise.”

Cllr Peter Roberts said that in discussions with his group leader, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, and the council, that they were considering all options on a complaint including the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

He believed that the complaint should be aimed at whoever passed the footage on to Cllr Barnes.

On the actual clip, Cllr Roberts said that during presentations he used a form of mindfulness to listen to the presentation rather than look at slides as well.

Cllr Roberts said: “We were in a training session receiving a presentation.

“I have used this for around 14 years after finding in presentations that I wasn’t getting the benefit of the information.

“I close my eyes and listen and retain more of the information like that.”

Powys Council Solicitor, Clive Pinney, said: “I am aware and viewed a Facebook post that was published by Cllr Mark Barnes.

“I contacted Cllr Barnes and asked him to consider removing the post. The decision to remove the post was taken by Cllr Barnes.”

At the May PCC annual meeting Cllr Roberts was nominated to chair the Learning, Skill and Economy Scrutiny Committee.

At the meeting he also announced that he had been diagnosed with “high functioning autism and asperger’s.”

His nomination was controversially blocked.

Earlier this month his nomination was ratified as the council had received independent advice that the vote did not conform with the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 and should not have taken place.

The guidance said that these appointments, are the “property” of the political group and as this scrutiny committee chair is in the gift of the opposition, The Liberal Democrat/Green Group, their appointee should be accepted unconditionally.