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Yorkshire Councils Pipped For National Award

NYCC & SBC Pipped For National Award First Published December 2012

Satirical review and Critical analysis

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Satirical review by Tim Thorne

Scarborough Borough Council has narrowly missed out on a prestigious National Award which highlights the use of public money in Local Government.

Ten Scarborough Borough Councillors who also sit on North Yorkshire County Council were narrowly pipped to the honour by the Leader of Leicester County Council. The award was given out at the Private Eye ‘Rotten Boroughs Awards 2012’ .

The ‘Highly Commended’ ten Scarborough Borough Councillors were nominated in the ‘ Expenses Fiddler of the Year’ category.

The Award celebrates the contribution given by the Councillors for bleeding the public purse dry in these times of austerity and also recognises the commitment of Councillors and Officers in dragging out the whole Broadband Expenses Double-Dipping Complaint Saga for nine months and making sure it costs the taxpayer as much money as possible.

Council Leader, Cllr Tim Fix, said:

  • “These are depressing times for the Borough and I’m not pleased our lack of hard work has been recognised by Private Eye . Despite the difficult financial climate we are in, we remain a navel looking council and will continue to work hard for the benefit of ourselves residents.”

Council Chief Executive Knob Dylan added:

  • “While this award recognises poor leadership at local government level in the region, I want to take the opportunity to also praise the tax payer for funding all those curries I’ve eaten at Eastern Paradise. The Elton John tickets went down a treat too“.
  • “If it wasn’t for the lack of effort from the management team and elected members of Scarborough Borough Council, we would not be getting this kind of recognition from Private Eye .”

Councillor Bob Twatt responded to the award by e-mail:

  • “F*** off, Terrorist. Did someone steal your f***ing Lego set or something? Get back on your mother’s tit, you inbred Whitby internet troll.”

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Scarborough Borough Council continues to fire employees and sell off assets in a vain attempt to balance the books amid a funding shortfall from central government that has left all councils across the country looking to find savings. In the current financial year, more than £2.4 million of savings are being made, with the council forced to make a further £1.4 million saving in 2013/14, but the caviar budget for meetings is safe.

Amid that climate, the Council is at the forefront of efforts to attract renewable energy technology and jobs to the borough, particularly from the wind farm support and bovine excrement sectors. The Council is also begging Tesco to part with the £10million for Dean Road early, as there is a massive hole in the accounts.

– Tim Thorne

Critical analysis by Tim Hicks

Yes readers, the Corruption Busters Team have gone national again, putting us at the leading edge of investigative journalism into corruption in the UK.

Sadly, the double-dipping Councillors and Monitoring Officer Carole Dunn are to be congratulated for once again bringing North Yorkshire, Scarborough and themselves into national disrepute, by starring as runners up in the PRIVATE EYE ‘EXPENSES FIDDLER OF THE YEAR’ AWARD 2012.

Their award was “Highly Commended”, just being pipped for the number one spot of ‘Expenses Fiddlers of the Year’ by fellow double-dipper, Councillor David Parsons, the former Leader of Leicestershire County Council. North Yorkshire’s Ms Carole Dunn, was extensively criticised in Private Eye and should also be commended for the outstanding part she has played in obtaining this national award for her Councillors and, by implication, herself.

That happy band of “cyber terrorists” and “Internet Trolls” the Corruption Busters team (also known as “Corruption Bastards” in some circles, we hear) are proud to confirm they assisted with the article in Private Eye that was the basis of this award, which also effectively constitutes an award for the quality of our investigative journalism.

In addition, County Councillor Kenyon should also be commended for having appeared in Private Eye in exposures of separate acts of misconduct twice in one year, which is thought to be a record.

The article means that of all the scams and misconduct that Private Eye uncovered in 2012, only Mr Parson’s was judged worse than the ten double-dippers exonerated by NYCC Monitoring Officer Carole Dunn, despite the fact that they have obviously been blatantly disingenuous – even dishonest – and have now been accused of “fiddling” in the national press.

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However, the implications for NYCC and SBC of the Councillor David Parsons case (who double-dipped by receiving payments from both the EU and the Council for in his travel expenses and did not repay it – essentially the same as our own Double-Dippers receiving two Broadband allowances and not “renunciating” i.e. returning the difference) – are very much more important.

There have been allegations in the press that all of the fifteen Scarborough and North Yorkshire double-dippers have committed a criminal offence of fraud by indulging in this practice.

Interestingly, Leicestershire County Council also took the same view and referred Councillor David Parsons to the Police. They also recovered all the money.

So why did this not happen in North Yorkshire? The difference is that in Leicestershire, the Monitoring Officers are straight and capable. They obviously also have a sense of integrity and independence – so conspicuously lacking in the North Yorkshire and Scarborough Monitoring Officers. As a result, Mr Parsons was sacked, stripped of his membership of the Conservative Party and forced to pay back the money, whilst the ten double-dippers of Scarborough and North Yorkshire have been told it is their “entitlement” to be paid twice for the same Broadband connection have suffered no censure and been allowed to keep the money.

In the latest defensive strategy, the Monitoring Officers of NYCC and SBC appear to be ignoring complaints and refusing to respond to correspondence in order to defend their double-dipping Councillors.

As a result of publicizing issues of corruption in North Yorkshire in Private Eye , I was the subject of a false complaint to the Police by ace double-dipper and then-Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, County Councillor Jane Kenyon, for harassment, and was interviewed under caution by two Detectives at Fulford Road Police Station, York, at her personal request, before being released without charge. I have also received personal attacks by e mail against myself and my family for raising this issue.

However, this will not deter me from continuing to oppose corruption and neither will the Monitoring Officers devious and unprincipled manoeuvrings.

On behalf of myself and the other members of the Corruption Busters team, I again repeat our request that the fifteen Councillors re-consider their positions and re-pay the money – as David Parsons finally had the honesty to do. Until that happens we will keep on raising this issue.

Assuring all Double Dippers of an interesting and exciting 2013.

– Tim Hicks

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50 Comments

  1. Ian Detute December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I take my hat off to you mr Hicks well done sir.

  2. Brian Dodds December 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    OMG, lmao, that just about puts the icing on the cake, I wonder if the local paper would print this, lol, well none of them will ever be famous but at least they can say they have achieved a certain notoriety. I wonder if anyone at Yorkshire Television would be interested in chasing this up, a nice expose for them to get their teeth into.

  3. kathleen parker December 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Hahaha cheered me uo no end! Well written and thankyou.

  4. sarraceniac December 21, 2012 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Just goes to show. Our lot can’t even win first prize for fiddling the electorate. Can’t they do anything right?

  5. DKP December 21, 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

    The only council in recorded history to feature in Rotten Boroughs THREE times in one year! How crap is that? Abolish the lot. We’d be better off with a bunch of crooks in charge!

    Er…..

  6. Jon Risdon December 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Well done to the two Tims. Real Whitby is a ‘Two-Tims Winner’!

  7. Tom Brown December 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Every active body in Britain seems to be associated with like minded bodies like the Association of North Eastern Councils, the Association of Social Workers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Magistrates.
    Each association is chaired but not necessarily by fairly elected chairs. These associations control a large part of our lives but Brussels controls the chairs.

    North Yorkshire County Council Councillors and officers seem to be blessed with an asbestos coverall and so seem to be able to transgress where most of us would fail.
    North Yorkshire County Council has a watchdog whose duty (on our behalf) to ensure that these councillors and officers behave with the integrity with which we hope they possess.

    We all have a price but when the watch dog is prepared to overlook any transgressions then why should we blame the perpetrators?
    It follows then that there is something amiss with the watchdog or indeed the relevant police authority and of course North Yorkshire County Council.
    Associations then are suspect. Associations are a tool of Brussels

    ‘COMMON PURPOSE’ (Google it) is to blame. It is they who have created the notion of ‘GUIDELINES’ guidelines that ignore the law. These common purpose exponents are trained to go beyond the law with the excuse that they know better and the proposed guidelines are the correct way to go.

    It seems that unlawfulness is no crime but to go beyond a guideline is.
    Double dipping is encouraged so who are we to object?

    • sarraceniac December 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      I was once chair of a Contract Bridge Association, Tom. Don’t remember being bribed by Brussels or Common Purpose or the Freemasons though. And they accuse me of being a conspiracy theorist.

  8. Tom Brown December 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm - Reply
  9. Richard Ineson December 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    “Scarborough Borough Council continues to fire employees and sell off assets in a vain attempt to balance the books amid a funding shortfall from central government that has left all councils across the country looking to find savings.” Yes, SBC has even started to sell off odd bits and pieces of bric a brac to try to balance the books, a ‘Mouseman Thompson’ oak pew for instance went on Ebay for £25.00 which should have paid for the central heating at St.Nicholas Strasse for about five minutes, and then there was that dredger pump which went for around £12,000 just a short while after we’d paid around £50,000 for it. Have a look for a few bargains yourself it comes under sbcprocurement, on Ebay. I’m looking for one of those pews myself, at around £25.00, pity that everyone else sells them for closer to a £1,000.

  10. Tom Brown December 22, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    You need friends in low places to get your hands on these bargains!

  11. Richard Ineson December 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I might be underestimating the value of this pew, I notice that a ‘Mouseman’ breadboard has just sold for £200.00. Another funny thing is that sbcprocurement doesn’t have anything for sale at present, and at one time they were always knocking stuff out, tins of Brasso, electric cable, boats, just like Del Boy and Rodney.
    I wonder if the police would be willing to trace and identify the buyer of the pew? There is definitely something wrong here, how this pew only managed to achieve a selling price of £25.00 is a mystery.
    Nigel Ward was chasing the whereabouts of some valuable paintings, supposedly in the possession of SBC, some time ago, I don’t remember if he had any success in finding them.

    Then there is the portrait of my ancestor Edward Hopper Hebden, a one time Mayor of Scarborough, which used to hang in the entrance of the SBC Town Hall, this is a really good picture by a famous portraitist, it was featured on a BBC programme a few years ago, where is it now? I think that we should be told. Merry Christmas and TREBLES (Oh no! Not him again!) all round, no, as it’s Christmas, make them quads, and have a cigar as well.

  12. sarraceniac December 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I know the eBay identity of the buyer, it is on the SBC procurement feedback page of course, and, although eBay will not reveal his/her true identity it is of course very easy to trace their buying patterns. I was keeping Nigel informed about this and pointed out that there were no peculiarities except that they don’t usually buy furniture, especially not Church furniture. Only a true conspiracy theorist would try to read anything into somebody’s buying patterns when they appear to be mainly concerned with buying Britain’s farm toys (from the same era by the way), not even the soldier toys by the same company which are far more valuable. I tried to contact the buyer through eBay, pointing out of course that there was no suggestion that they were double dealing (not the same as double dipping) but could they provide any details about the transaction. i. e. was it shipped to them or did they pick it up, who put them onto it, or most important, how long was the listing on eBay etc. No reply of course. I seem to get no reply anywhere with my queries.

    Nigel sent me details on the pictures which I then questioned with LAPADA (London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association) as an ex member. They have no information on them but, through hundreds of (honest) members, they are waiting for one or more to surface. Best I can do I am afraid but if you, or anyone has any suggestions let me know on here. I did point out that SBC procurement seem to be getting very little feedback nowadays and that the listings seem to have dried up since I first queried the Mouseman and also point out that if a dealing was slightly flaky then you wouldn’t want feedback either way.

    Have a good Christmas everyone.

  13. Tom Brown December 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Are we getting to the bottom of fine art (under the counter) sales? Our art galleries have lost Turner’s, Van Dycks, no I mean WE have lost them and council officers have had their day.

  14. pete budd December 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Only Scarborough electors can form a Parish Council for Scarborough, to take back the remnants of the public property, from the criminal incumbent administration (under the 4 Acts of Parliament since 2002 for that purpose).
    10 years sleepwalking with Illusions of Power in a Moribund Authority is quite long enough for any elected representative. Get your F.ing act together or Codheads are going to come over there and gather some Algerino signatures for our mutual benefit. x

  15. Tom Brown December 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Listen to Pete
    This is why the illegal powers that be wanted to remove him.

  16. Nigel Ward December 23, 2012 at 12:36 am - Reply

    For those of you who have missed the PRIVATE EYE coverage of the endemic CORRUPTION in N Yorkshire

    PRIVATE EYE -1318

    Tuesday 8th July 2012

    “WOODEN EXCUSE”

    THE WAGONS have been drawn in a tight circle in North Yorkshire as the powers-that-be do their utmost to ignore awkward questions besetting prominent Conservative Jane Kenyon, who is chair of the North Yorkshire police authority, a member of both North Yorkshire county and Scarborough borough councils and chair of the Scarborough & Whitby Conservative Association.

    Earlier this year Real Whitby, a local news website, revealed that Cllr Kenyon and her partner Cllr Bill Miller are directors of Belvedere Computers Inc, a firm which was suspended in California in the 1980s for non-payment of substantial debts. Much more recently she was a director and company secretary of wood products company Dales Timber Limited (DTL), which went bust in 2009 owing £225,000 to local businesses and individuals. Cllr Miller was a director of the same company.

    Neither councillor declared their interest in their registers of interests – nor that DTL was a supplier to the county council, Ryedale district council and the North Yorkshire moors national park authority. When a complaint was made, including evidence in the form of Companies House documents registering her appointment as company secretary and bearing Cllr Kenyon’s signature, she claimed it had been forged. At first North Yorkshire council’s monitoring officer Carole Dunn said, bizarrely, that Kenyon was “unaware” she had been company secretary of DTL. But then Kenyon retrospectively added that fact to her NYCC register after all.

    Cllr Kenyon’s DTL directorship is currently “redacted” from her North Yorks register as “historical.., sensitive information”. But the same information is declared on the SBC register. The section of the North Yorkshire register concerning contracts with NYCC states “none known”.

    PS: It is to be hoped that Cllr Kenyon’s registers of interests really are now all complete and up to date. Since 1 July, under the new Localism Act, failure to keep a proper record has been a criminal offence, punishable by a £5,000 fine and disqualification from office for up to five years.

    Historical note:

    Cllr Kenyon’s father was Sir Bernard Kenyon, one-time clerk (chief executive) of the former West Riding county council. He made a number of appearances in the “Eye” in the 1970s for his part in the Poulson corruption scandal. In 1966 he became chairman of Open System Building and two other companies owned by the corrupt architect, only retiring from WRCC in 1968 after being exposed by the “Yorkshire Post” for, er, failing to declare such a blatant conflict of interest!

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    PRIVATE EYE – 1323

    18th September 2012

    ROTTEN BOROUGHS

    DOUBLE-DIPPING

    Politicians who sit on more than one council in North Yorkshire have enjoyed a nice little earner in recent years by accepting IT allowances from both authorities while incurring one lot of expense.

    North Yorkshire county council (NYCC) pays £500 a year, as part of councillors’ basic allowance, to cover the cost of having a broadband connection at home – very generous, as it’s about four times what broadband actually costs. meanwhile, eight NYCC councillors who also sit on Scarborough borough council receive a handy £255 a year from that council for having broadband at home. Senior Tory Cllr Jane Kenyon, whose difficulties in keeping her Register of Interests up-to-date we reported in Eye 1318, nobly does not take Scarborough’s £255 broadband allowance – although she did claim £712.15 for IT from North Yorkshire Police Authority, which she chairs, in 2010/11, as well as NYCC’s £500.

    Responding to a campaign on a local website, Real Whitby, NYCC’s monitoring officer, Carole Dunn, states that the double-dipping councillors are merely claiming their “entitlement” – so there’s no need for her to take any action. the question of whether they are morally entitled to that “entitlement” is ignored.

    Any locals expecting Scarborough & Whitby MP Robert Goodwill to take a lead are likely to be disappointed. Back in 2000, as a member of the European parliament, he boasted that when booking flights to Brussels “We get a set fee of around £500, but if I buy a cheaper ticket, economy class for, say, £160, I cam pocket the difference and, as a capitalist, also as a British Conservative, I see it as a challenge to buy cheap tickets and make some profit on the system because that is the system”. Trebles all round!

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    • Richard Ineson December 23, 2012 at 10:10 am - Reply

      There’s an old song which seems to fit the bill (not that Bill) here, ‘I’m following in father’s footsteps, I’m following my dear old dad’ etc.

  17. Richard Ineson December 23, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Never mind, there’s always next year.

  18. Richard Ineson December 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I understand that Nigel Ward has had his Facebook account suspended for fifteen days, can anybody confirm this please? If this is the case what/who has brought is about and on what grounds?

  19. Richard Ineson December 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    It does appear that Nigel Ward has indeed had his Facebook account suspended for fifteen days, on what grounds, we cannot be sure, but this is what the Rt.Hon. Eric Pickles, Communities Minister had to say about the freedom of the press, on the 28.10. 2012.

    “l I think it is really massively important to ensure that we have freedom of press in this country. Something that characterises the British press is that it is good at exposing corruption and it is good at going to places where other press wouldn’t and I think it was Thomas Jefferson who said that for a free society to operate then the river of a free press had to flow without restriction. So I think that given that I think the press are looking towards finding ways, the end result of offering a good way in which people have got a legitimate complaint can find a resource, then that’s right.”

    I cannot see where he says “Except in Whitby”.

  20. admin December 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Richard, can I suggest you hold any conversations about Facebook via email with people. Ill drop you a line and explain why.

    • Richard Ineson December 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      MR&U

  21. Richard Ineson December 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    It has always seemed strange to me, that although the main Councils in this area SBC and NYCC are controlled by the Conservative Party, they do not seem, in relation to matters of openness and transparency in government, which are frequently espoused by senior Conservative politicians and, presumably are the policy of the Coalition government, to support these worthy principles. I have drawn the attention of the public, on many occasions, to the iniquitous practise, utilised in this area, of using STAKEHOLDER STEERING GROUPS the members of which are anonymous,unelected, unaccountable and unmandated, and whose meetings are unminuted and to whose secret meetings, the public are not admitted, to make decisions which are then rubber stamped by the relevant committee of the Council. The members of these groups do not have to declare any vested interests, as would be the case if they were elected Councillors, a very bad system of government which mirrors the ‘rotten boroughs’of yesteryear, and which was supposedly abolished by the Reform Act of 1832

    • rownercommonhold March 28, 2015 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Steering groups , vision groups , stakeholders this is all COMMON PURPOSE mumbo jumbo.
      The Rowner Regeneration is a £145 m pound COMMON PURPOSE regeneration where they told us were going to take your 301 leasehold flats they paid us around twenty five thousand for our two bed flats.

      or offered non investors a %20 shared ownership flat where you had to pay a monthly rent.
      For those of us who resisted we had the area demilished around us for five years.
      Baby P was a COMMON PURPOSE COVER UP ALSO.

  22. Richard Ineson December 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. Now the Tories are pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts and are hoping by this organised sustained mass suggestion to eradicate from our minds all memory of what we went through. But, I warn you young men and women, do not listen to what they are saying now. Do not listen to the seductions of Lord Woolton. He is a very good salesman. If you are selling shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman. But I warn you they have not changed, or if they have they are slightly worse than they were.
    Speech on 3 July 1948 at the Bellevue Hotel by Aneurin Bevan

  23. Julian Armitage January 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Corruption, money and assets have dissappeared going back a long time in Whitby. As a exec member of the chamber of Trade I remember an office held at the old hospital on the Ropery where said office was supposedly furnished with thousands of pounds of office equipment claimed. That office had one computer and a printer and fax the occupant of the office was investigated and quietly moved to SBC health dept involved in procurement!!Coates Marine wiped out an ancient footpath so he could have direct access to the waterfront ,appeals to the local authority were ignored only direct appeal to an independent ombudsman got the footpath restored.Many such cases are part of local history and have been swept under the carpet of indifference

  24. YouKnowYouKow January 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I wish someone would investigate the essential car use award and policy that SBC have for their management and staff that pay them (tax free) to have their cars parked in an SBC car park. The double dipping here is small fry compared to that!!

  25. Joan McTigue January 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Who decided that the councillor was guilty of mis-conduct? Was it a panel consisting of opposition cllrs by any chance?

    • Tim Thorne January 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Joan, not sure which Councillor you mean. If you are referring to the ten Councillors that were investigated for double-dipping, then the North Yorkshire County Council Investigating Officer wrote a report which was accepted by Cllrs on the NYCC Standards Committee. A report with the same conclusions given to the Standards Committee at Scarborough Borough Council, which all but one of the Cllrs fully accepted. Vital evidence was left out of the report, whether it was through incompetence or political persuasion is not known. Given the same has happened in the past in other cases of obvious Cllr misconduct the latter is probably the likely reason.

      FYI, there is no effective opposition in North Yorkshire and Scarborough as the majority of elected members are Conservative, were Conservative now Independent or Lib Dems.

  26. wendy January 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Who found them not guilty, a panal of their peers or the person who appears to have formed their answers for them?

  27. Joan McTigue January 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Wendy – are you by any chance attempting to answer my question because if you are it does not make any sense – at least not to me. He cannot have been found guilty and not guilty can he – it had to be one or the other or am I missing something here? I am referring to one Cllr – you appear to be referring to more than one so can I assume we are talking about two different issues here?

  28. wendy January 22, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    It makes sense to those who have taken the time to follow what our elected members have been doing with our hard earned cash and the abuse of power which they have awarded themselves.

  29. Joan McTigue January 22, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Then you can answer my question then surely if that’s the case? You can kill two birds with one stone while you are at it – answer your own question too and that will enlighten me even further. If that’s beyond you, I am meeting Nigel for coffee with as soon as the weather improves so I will ask him.

  30. wendy January 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    It was a retorical question which needed no explaining to those who have been following the goings on at Whitby, Scarborough and North Yorkshire Council. Insults won’t get you anywhere apart from a place you don’t want to be so in respect to Nigel the two Tims and others I will not respond in the way you deserve.

    Enjoy your time with Nigel I’m sure he will gladly update your lack of education on the goings on at the above named councils.

  31. Joan McTigue January 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    So in effect what you are saying is that there is no place on here for people who have just joined – our questions cannot be answered as we have not been involved from day one. Not really a way of getting others to join and support your cause is it. I for one will leave now and suggest to my friends and colleagues that yours is a site to be avoided. I assure you my education is not lacking, nor are my manners and I cannot be held responsible for my lack of knowledge on a subject about which I knew nothing – until Nigel contacted me, suggested a meeting and referred me to this site. Are you just as rude all new people to this site?

  32. Daryl Smiler January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    You don’t half read some crap on here, penned by bitter people who obviously have a jaundiced view of public service and who are plainly not prepared to accept facts and see situations as they really are.

  33. wendy January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Joan I think you will find it is not my site, I left a comment which you chose to pounce on with an insult then attempt to tell me what I’m saying. That says more about you than me.

    As to Daryl, do you paint self potraits as well as write whilst looking at yourself in the mirror?

  34. Daryl Smiler January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Wendy. No but I sometimes sing!

    All the bitter people, where do they all come from?

    la la la

  35. Joan McTigue January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Daryl – we seem to come across people like Wendy on various sites – bitter, twisted and angry. Perhaps she has been crossed in love and has never got over it. Best leave her to it – perhaps her situation might improve in time along with her manners. Thanks to Wendy, I have contacted Nigel and declined his invitation to a meeting – I would not want anything to do with those involved in this site if she is an example of them. I have no doubt she will have the last word – she is welcome to it.

  36. Joan McTigue January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    PS – Wendy talks of my lack of education and spells “panel” as panal” – physician heal thyself I believe is the appropriate comment to that !

  37. Joan McTigue January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Tim – thanks for your polite response to my question. The answer is, I was referring to Cllr Kenyon. Was his behaviour judged by the council’s Standards Committee by any chance or an outside body?

    • Tim Thorne January 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      “Was his behaviour judged by the council’s Standards Committee by any chance or an outside body?”

      Cllr Kenyon is a Miss. I’m not sure if the double dipping allegation regarding IT expenses claimed as part of Miss Kenyon’s NYPA and NYCC work was ever reported officially. The reason for that is that NYPA apparently refused to release the details of those claims even though they were part of an FOI request. Nigel Ward has other issues with Cllr Kenyon claiming monies from NYPA for phone calls as he believe that should come from her NYCC basic Allowance.

      With regard to Cllr Kenyon’s problems with her Register of Interests at NYCC, it is a little more complicated than just a complaint. The complaint was made, the investigation completed, Cllr Kenyon was questioned whether she was an officer of Dales Timber, she claimed she wasn’t and the document passed to the Authority (NYMNPA IIRC) was deemed to be a forgery and NYCC Monitoring Officer Carole Dunn accepted that. It later transpired through other documentation that made its was into the public domain that Cllr Kenyon had acted as an Officer of Dales Timber (On Police headed notepaper too) and the Register of Interests was updated to show that Cllr Kenyon was indeed an officer of that company for a period of time.

      Quite why the original complaint was not reopened and reinvestigated at this point I don’t know. As far as I know Cllr Kenyon still claims the signature on the document is a forgery, but she has never reported it to the Police, despite being head of the North Yorkshire Police Authority at the time.

      Also, I believe Richard Flinton, NYCC CEO, was contacted about the conduct of the Monitoring Officer with regard to this incident, but nothing further came of it and Carole Dunn retained his full confidence.

    • Tim Thorne January 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      As for an outside investigating body, I think the only one available to pursue this further is the Police themselves?

  38. Pete Budd January 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    There is no recourse, but to election.

  39. Tom Br9own January 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    We hope that sites like is this are widely read.
    Argument is valuable and much is be learned from it.

    Please make it interesting for new readers

  40. wendy January 23, 2013 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Tut tut, there are certain things that no maount of education will alter but Joan it is hoped that your ignorance is not one of them. Using spelling or lack of it as a way to score points is about as low as a person can get. Closley followed by accusing a person of being ” bitter, twisted and angry” because they responded to your insult.

    Daryl would you care to enlighten us by answering your own question as so far your contribution has been nothing but to attack those who have worked hard to bring into the public domain matters which should comcern all who have a vested interest in where our hard earned money is spent.

  41. Tom Br9own January 23, 2013 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Still interesting then.

  42. Paul January 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    North Norfolk Council— the minority leaseholders of eight flats out of 32 flats at Trafalgar Court Mundesley has been trying since 1999 to get the council to act so the royal building can be restored.
    Instead of that we have now found out, they had, in fact, given corporate closure to the freeholders 24 flats mean 100% council tax exemption— no wonder the freeholder didn’t make any effort to restore Trafalgar Court.

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