Thursday, 2 June 2011

Police won't be called over Warrington Council planning documents row

CALLS for a police investigation into why planning documents were destroyed have been played down by council bosses.

A swell of voices, including councillors, had been urging for Cheshire Police to lead the investigation after it was revealed planning documents from pre-2005 had been destroyed.

Last week Lib Dem Clr Kevin Reynolds said: “If there is dodgy dealing going on in planning I do not think if you hold an internal enquiry the wider public will say it’s ok.

“It should be open and transparent and the only people who can do that is Cheshire Police.”

But the new council leader said a cross-party committee would examine the issue.

“The committee’s investigation will be assisted by the council’s solicitor and an internal auditor who are both completely independent of this whole affair. Until the investigation is complete it would be inappropriate to pass further comment because we do not want to prejudice the investigation.”

My comment: Another not fit for purpose council leader. How an earth can an in house investigation be remotely considered independent and why are they so keen not to involve the Police?

Read the full story from the source  Warrington Guardian

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2 comments:

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    “The committee’s investigation will be assisted by the council’s solicitor and an internal auditor who are both completely independent of this whole affair" .

    Independant, how on earth can he class the solisitor as independant. I wander if the solisitor is the monitoring officer or deputy.

    also, it does not stop anyonme else makeing a complaint to the police about it.

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  2. This case also highlights another issue. Why didn't the Local Government Ombudsman call the Police in when they identified a council had acted illegally?

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