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Lyme Green Investigation to Include Councillors

 

The council’s own internal audit team has concluded that the council started work on a waste transfer station at Lyme Green before obtaining planning permission, has spent over £800,000 on the site so far and has repeatedly broken its own and EU procurement rules. However, the initial investigation covered only the actions of employees and did not cover the actions of councillors.

 The Labour Group is pleased that it has now been agreed to set up an independent enquiry and that this new enquiry will look at the actions of councillors as well as employees. We need to know whether or not cabinet members were aware of officers’ actions or indeed should have been expected to know.

 The Labour Group also welcomes the action of the Council Leader to step aside and declare an interest in the matter as he was portfolio holder for resources at the time.

 The Labour Group now looks forward to seeing the results of the independent investigation at the earliest possible opportunity.

 

Cllr Sam Corcoran said,

"At the Audit Committee meeting last week I argued strongly that the issue involved cabinet members as well as employees. If cabinet members knew what was going on then they should explain why they allowed it. If they didn’t know then they failed in their duty to oversee the operations of the council. I regret that my arguments were rejected by the Audit Committee amid claims of party politics.

I am grateful for the public support for my stance and am pleased that we will now have the full, fair and unrestricted investigation that I asked for."

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