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As Real Whitby readers will know, Registers of Interests are always intriguing reading, but the full facts are obscured as relevant information is often altered or omitted.
Given the willingness of Local Authorities to support York Potash’s dig on the North Yorks Moors, let us firstly have a dig into the information around the Chairman of the Planning Committee at North Yorks Moors National Park Authority.
Councillor Tim LAWN, Planning Committee Chairman at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority, and also a member of Scarborough Borough Council, currently declares that he accepted Theatre Tickets from one ‘W Woods’, in June 2011.
Further inspection of his historical Register of Interests reveals that the tickets were accepted for the Elton John Concert at the Open Air Theatre on the 5th June 2011 and they were gifted by ‘William Woods & Co Ltd, Bowforth House, Welburn, Kirbymoorside, YORK, YO62 6HJ’, but this comprehensive information was obscured.
I wonder if the Elton John Concert tickets were the ones bought by Jim Dillon on his Council Credit Card? When asked if the tickets in question were bought for ‘people who were related by blood or marriage to employees, officers or Councillors of Scarborough Borough Council’ Jim Dillon’s response was that they were ‘sold to a member of the public’ and he was ‘unable to comment on their guests’.
Having established a relationship between a director of York Potash and the Chairman of the Planning Committee of North Yorks Moor National Park Authority, one wonders how far back that relationship extends?
Digging a little bit deeper on Councillor Tim LAWN’s Register of Interests, we find that he has sizable land holdings. Since Councillor LAWN’s first recorded Register of Interests, his land holdings have doubled from five parcels of land to ten in the last four years.
All those parcels of land are in the Sneaton/Littlebeck area, which surrounds the proposed York Potash minehead site – rather fortuitous business decisions on the part of Councillor LAWN, since the closer your land is to the minehead, the quicker you’ll receive money from York Potash for Mineral Rights under your land.
One of the parcels of land is listed as ‘Raines Lane, Sneatonthorpe’ which was added to Councillor LAWN’s Register of Interest on 29/07/2011.
There is no Raines Lane in Sneatonthorpe. There is, however, a Raikes Lane in Sneatonthorpe, which happens to be the site of the new minehead!
Perhaps York Potash should employ Councillor Tim LAWN as he seems adept at digging holes!