Bournemouth councillors not told about concerns over consultants for TWO years

First published in News

WARNINGS about the way Bournemouth council was recruiting consultants were suppressed for two years, an inquiry has revealed.

Two critical reports went unnoticed because of a flawed reporting system that allowed a top officer to sign off a report highlighting concerns about his own employment.

The reports, which are dated July 2010 and November 2011, were kept from councillors and only brought to the attention of the council's new director of finance following a Freedom of Information request from the Daily Echo in May this year.

A council investigation has concluded there was no evidence the reports were deliberately withheld but said there was a fundamental lack of control that exposed the council to major risk.

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Carol Ainge said: “It's shocking to think that reports of such significance were not brought to councillors' attention for so long. I hope lessons are learnt so that this never happens again.”

The results of this investigation are due to go before a special meeting of the audit and governance committee today.

The July 2010 report investigated the recruitment of four consultants - interim human resources service director Tony Sweeting, interim executive director for business improvement Manjeet Gill, her successor Mike Forrester and interim head of transport James Duncan.

In all four cases, there was no evidence the council followed the proper procurement process to hire them. All four went on to receive significantly higher wages than they would have done if they were normal council employees.

This report was given a “category 3” status, which meant that it did not rate as serious enough to be reported to the audit and governance committee.

A second audit report in November 2011 highlighted the same issue. Again concerns about Mr Forrester's employment status were raised, along with the way in which a sheltered housing manager and an interim senior accountant were recruited.

Again there was no evidence the proper procurement process had been followed and the consultants were being paid inflated wages.

This report was given a “category 5” status - the highest possible. Because of this, it was reported to councillors but only as a brief summary and there was no mention of the 2010 report.

The investigation reveals this report was signed off by Mike Forrester, who was the Section 151 officer at the time and so responsible for ensuring the lawfulness of the council's financial arrangements.

The inquiry concludes that it was “wholly inappropriate” for him to sign off a report which scrutinised his own appointment.

Since concerns were raised about consultants at Bournemouth council, a new finance team has been put in place and immediate action has been taken to tighten up staffing arrangements and restructure the audit and management assurance function.

The investigation concludes: “I am satisfied that the new chief executive, new Section 151 officer and new monitoring officer have been actively addressing these matters since their appointments earlier this year.

“The council's overall governance arrangements are being significantly strengthened as a result, with the support of the leader and members of the audit and governance committee.”

Tony Sweeting was procured by the council through a company called Practicus Ltd and started undertaking work for the council as interim head of human resources in 2009.

The July 2010 report revealed that as at February 2010, he was still providing services to the council at a total cost of £96,846. No evidence could be found of any attempt to put this contract out to tender.

Manjeet Gill was procured by the council in August 2009 from a company called Chameleon Business and Management to oversee the business improvement cluster. (A search of directors reveals that a Mrs Manjit Gill was a director of this company until December 2009)

This lasted for a period of four months and cost the council £68,200. Again the July 2010 report warned there was no evidence that a proper procurement process had been followed. A contract was drawn up but was never signed by the company.

Mike Forrester joined the council in November 2009 to continue the interim running of the business improvement cluster.

He received the vast majority of his salary through his own one-man company Valfor Ltd, slashing his personal tax bill.

The July 2010 report warned that, as at February 2010, he was still providing services to the council and that there was no evidence of a procurement process being followed.

The second report highlights the same concerns, along with the fact that when he took on the role of the Section 151 officer, he started receiving his council salary in two different ways - the majority through Valfor and the remainder through the council payroll.

As the council's Section 151 officer, Mr Forrester signed off the summary report, despite the fact he was one of the subjects of it and of the 2010 report.

James Duncan was procured by the council in April 2008 as the temporary head of transport, initially from a company called Penna PLC.

The normal annual salary for that role was £50,603 but the July 2010 report warned that, as at February 2010, he had provided services to the council totalling £300,005.

Unnamed sheltered housing manager. The services of this employee were acquired through an agency in 2006 but in January 2008, he set up his own company and received his council salary through ACH Consultancy Ltd. Between January 2008 to September 2011, he was paid £150,966.87.

A contract was in place but it expired on March 31, 2008 Unnamed interim senior accountant. This employee was paid by invoice but had income tax and national insurance deducted because his details were on the council's payroll system. He was paid £36 an hour, 71 per cent higher than the normal senior accountant's rate of £21.10.

In September 2011, the Echo put a series of questions to the council's press office about Mr Forrester's contract.

The council responded with a statement that confirmed he was employed on a rolling contract and submitted invoices for his time through his own company Valfor.

The council said: “Invoiced costs for Mr Forrester remain in line with those associated with the employment of an Executive Director for the council...We consider this to be acceptable and appropriate for a role responsible for the delivery of savings well in excess of the annual cost of employment.”

In February this year, the Echo ran a story about how Mr Forrester had slashed his personal tax bill by receiving most of his wages through a one-man company.

Then chief executive Pam Donnellan said the arrangement was an efficient use of taxpayers' money.

In May 2012, the Echo submitted a Freedom of Information request asking to see a report by auditors about the use of consultants at Bournemouth council.

This request was refused on the grounds that the report was due for future publication. But this investigation reveals the Echo's FOI request was instrumental in bringing this issue to light . The audit report was brought to the attention of the acting monitoring officer Tanya Coulter in early June 2012, who then brought it to the attention of the new Section 151 officer Liz Wilkinson.

They informed the council's audit and governance committee of the issue and organised the investigation, which has now concluded.

 

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9:50am Fri 23 Nov 12

Old Colonial says...

"The investigation reveals this report was signed off by Mike Forrester, who was the Section 151 officer at the time and so responsible for ensuring the lawfulness of the council's financial arrangements."

Let me be the first to say...surprise, surprise! Maybe Councillors should spend more time reading comments on these forums.
"The investigation reveals this report was signed off by Mike Forrester, who was the Section 151 officer at the time and so responsible for ensuring the lawfulness of the council's financial arrangements." Let me be the first to say...surprise, surprise! Maybe Councillors should spend more time reading comments on these forums. Old Colonial
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9:53am Fri 23 Nov 12

jinglebell says...

The investigation has concluded...I am sure along with the majority of interested B'mth voters, that the conclusion will be that "lessons have been learnt". No doubt too, we will learn that "more rigorous procedural processes are now in place...."
Unfortunately, for us, M.P.'s; bankers, local politicians. civil servants and their comrades simply slide through tsunamis of sh** of their own making to emerge the other side still sneering and smelling of roses.
The investigation has concluded...I am sure along with the majority of interested B'mth voters, that the conclusion will be that "lessons have been learnt". No doubt too, we will learn that "more rigorous procedural processes are now in place...." Unfortunately, for us, M.P.'s; bankers, local politicians. civil servants and their comrades simply slide through tsunamis of sh** of their own making to emerge the other side still sneering and smelling of roses. jinglebell
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9:59am Fri 23 Nov 12

Old Colonial says...

Oh, and thanks Echo for getting this into the open air.
Oh, and thanks Echo for getting this into the open air. Old Colonial
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10:17am Fri 23 Nov 12

The Seasider says...

The behaviour of the Bournemouth Council executive officers is really sickening. It should be remembered that the elected Councillors have effectively been kept in the dark about all these dodgy practices by the council officials. I think this throws a very different light on Bournemouth former Chief Executive, Pam Donnellan as well as the executives named above.

Effectively, these officials have been on a huge cash grabbing exercise at the public expense, whilst at the same time administering the severe cut-backs and hardship in all areas of public services. And even more damning is that the reports in to their goings-on had been down-graded in order to try and bury all this.

All of our Councillors, and the public at large, should be under no illusion that we have been played for fools. The public seems to have been bankrolling a very lucrative tax-dodging club. Because all of this seemed to have blossomed under Pam Donnellan’s reign, surely she has some explaining to do?

I fully expect and hope Conor Burns and other MP’s to bring this report to the attention of Eric Pickles, Local Government Minister in a bid to stamp out such practice. Namely by doing the following:

1. Appointments. Every job at any level in the council, including top posts, MUST be advertised externally. The Councillors must be involved in the selection process of senior staff, at either paper sift, or interview, or final selection stage. ANY connection through former employment of any applicants to existing officials or councillors MUST be recorded on the Council website with open public access. FULL TRANSPARENCY.

2. Recruitment. NO external agencies should be used to recruit. If a post is unfilled after 3 months, then any agency used should receive a ONE-OFF fee only, not a never ending commission. ALL fee’s and commissions should be public information, disclosed PRIOR to the expense being incurred.

3. Pay bands. Government to set pay-scales for senior staff. Pay-scales exist in the armed services, police, fire, prisons, all areas of public services, so why not Town Halls? Why is it such a free-for –all, which inevitably gives rise to such greed and corruption?

4. Ban ‘One-Man Companies’. ANY person on the public sector pay-roll must be treated as an employee and pay PAYE tax. There must be no such use of setting up limited companies to reduce personal tax.

Any trust in Council Executives has been completely shattered. Surely every Councillor in the UK should now be demanding full disclosure of its Councils Chief/ Senior staffs employment and pay arrangements. Leave no stone unturned. Well done to the Echo for exposing this, but it shouldn’t be down to the efforts of local newspapers to find out the truth in this way. It should be a fully transparent system, allowing Councillors and public alike access to such contentious matters.
The behaviour of the Bournemouth Council executive officers is really sickening. It should be remembered that the elected Councillors have effectively been kept in the dark about all these dodgy practices by the council officials. I think this throws a very different light on Bournemouth former Chief Executive, Pam Donnellan as well as the executives named above. Effectively, these officials have been on a huge cash grabbing exercise at the public expense, whilst at the same time administering the severe cut-backs and hardship in all areas of public services. And even more damning is that the reports in to their goings-on had been down-graded in order to try and bury all this. All of our Councillors, and the public at large, should be under no illusion that we have been played for fools. The public seems to have been bankrolling a very lucrative tax-dodging club. Because all of this seemed to have blossomed under Pam Donnellan’s reign, surely she has some explaining to do? I fully expect and hope Conor Burns and other MP’s to bring this report to the attention of Eric Pickles, Local Government Minister in a bid to stamp out such practice. Namely by doing the following: 1. Appointments. Every job at any level in the council, including top posts, MUST be advertised externally. The Councillors must be involved in the selection process of senior staff, at either paper sift, or interview, or final selection stage. ANY connection through former employment of any applicants to existing officials or councillors MUST be recorded on the Council website with open public access. FULL TRANSPARENCY. 2. Recruitment. NO external agencies should be used to recruit. If a post is unfilled after 3 months, then any agency used should receive a ONE-OFF fee only, not a never ending commission. ALL fee’s and commissions should be public information, disclosed PRIOR to the expense being incurred. 3. Pay bands. Government to set pay-scales for senior staff. Pay-scales exist in the armed services, police, fire, prisons, all areas of public services, so why not Town Halls? Why is it such a free-for –all, which inevitably gives rise to such greed and corruption? 4. Ban ‘One-Man Companies’. ANY person on the public sector pay-roll must be treated as an employee and pay PAYE tax. There must be no such use of setting up limited companies to reduce personal tax. Any trust in Council Executives has been completely shattered. Surely every Councillor in the UK should now be demanding full disclosure of its Councils Chief/ Senior staffs employment and pay arrangements. Leave no stone unturned. Well done to the Echo for exposing this, but it shouldn’t be down to the efforts of local newspapers to find out the truth in this way. It should be a fully transparent system, allowing Councillors and public alike access to such contentious matters. The Seasider
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11:34am Fri 23 Nov 12

grazzer says...

Many readers are quick to criricise The Echo at every opportunity but on this occasion i feel that congratulations are in order for a brilliant piece of investigative journalism..Had it not been for The Echo constantly badgering the Council for answers,this farce would have probably been swept under the carpet along with many similiar instances, l am not aligned to any political party but feel it is time to cry "enough is enough" and insist that the Council is investigated by Eric Pickle's department

Graham Cribb
Many readers are quick to criricise The Echo at every opportunity but on this occasion i feel that congratulations are in order for a brilliant piece of investigative journalism..Had it not been for The Echo constantly badgering the Council for answers,this farce would have probably been swept under the carpet along with many similiar instances, l am not aligned to any political party but feel it is time to cry "enough is enough" and insist that the Council is investigated by Eric Pickle's department Graham Cribb grazzer
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11:49am Fri 23 Nov 12

fuzzy wuzzie says...

Ah the world renowned omnishambles that is Bournemouth council continues from disaster to disaster. Its been at least a week since we had some more puff and spin about the surf reef.
Ah the world renowned omnishambles that is Bournemouth council continues from disaster to disaster. Its been at least a week since we had some more puff and spin about the surf reef. fuzzy wuzzie
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11:58am Fri 23 Nov 12

Tom 'Boscombe' Jones says...

Absolutely shocking, I for one fully demand a police investigation into mis-use and miappropriation of public funds and abuse of the public trust, as well as the breaking of the rules under the EU in putting consultancies out to tender. Will this happen? I think not. It'll be filed away and business as usual at the town hall next week. Accountability in this modern age is severely lacking and some have the temerity to call this a successful democracy. We are at war. Public funds and public owned land is being stripped by private interest by use of corrupt government bodies. Even the public owned art that used to tour the land for everyone to see now is government property and hangs in officials offices. Democracy is becoming meaningless.
Absolutely shocking, I for one fully demand a police investigation into mis-use and miappropriation of public funds and abuse of the public trust, as well as the breaking of the rules under the EU in putting consultancies out to tender. Will this happen? I think not. It'll be filed away and business as usual at the town hall next week. Accountability in this modern age is severely lacking and some have the temerity to call this a successful democracy. We are at war. Public funds and public owned land is being stripped by private interest by use of corrupt government bodies. Even the public owned art that used to tour the land for everyone to see now is government property and hangs in officials offices. Democracy is becoming meaningless. Tom 'Boscombe' Jones
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12:18pm Fri 23 Nov 12

whataboutthat says...

Wahey! Some decent journalism in the Echo, congrats, you can do it you know!
Wahey! Some decent journalism in the Echo, congrats, you can do it you know! whataboutthat
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12:36pm Fri 23 Nov 12

step up says...

The Seasider wrote:
The behaviour of the Bournemouth Council executive officers is really sickening. It should be remembered that the elected Councillors have effectively been kept in the dark about all these dodgy practices by the council officials. I think this throws a very different light on Bournemouth former Chief Executive, Pam Donnellan as well as the executives named above.

Effectively, these officials have been on a huge cash grabbing exercise at the public expense, whilst at the same time administering the severe cut-backs and hardship in all areas of public services. And even more damning is that the reports in to their goings-on had been down-graded in order to try and bury all this.

All of our Councillors, and the public at large, should be under no illusion that we have been played for fools. The public seems to have been bankrolling a very lucrative tax-dodging club. Because all of this seemed to have blossomed under Pam Donnellan’s reign, surely she has some explaining to do?

I fully expect and hope Conor Burns and other MP’s to bring this report to the attention of Eric Pickles, Local Government Minister in a bid to stamp out such practice. Namely by doing the following:

1. Appointments. Every job at any level in the council, including top posts, MUST be advertised externally. The Councillors must be involved in the selection process of senior staff, at either paper sift, or interview, or final selection stage. ANY connection through former employment of any applicants to existing officials or councillors MUST be recorded on the Council website with open public access. FULL TRANSPARENCY.

2. Recruitment. NO external agencies should be used to recruit. If a post is unfilled after 3 months, then any agency used should receive a ONE-OFF fee only, not a never ending commission. ALL fee’s and commissions should be public information, disclosed PRIOR to the expense being incurred.

3. Pay bands. Government to set pay-scales for senior staff. Pay-scales exist in the armed services, police, fire, prisons, all areas of public services, so why not Town Halls? Why is it such a free-for –all, which inevitably gives rise to such greed and corruption?

4. Ban ‘One-Man Companies’. ANY person on the public sector pay-roll must be treated as an employee and pay PAYE tax. There must be no such use of setting up limited companies to reduce personal tax.

Any trust in Council Executives has been completely shattered. Surely every Councillor in the UK should now be demanding full disclosure of its Councils Chief/ Senior staffs employment and pay arrangements. Leave no stone unturned. Well done to the Echo for exposing this, but it shouldn’t be down to the efforts of local newspapers to find out the truth in this way. It should be a fully transparent system, allowing Councillors and public alike access to such contentious matters.
Support every word. You would think in 2012 would be standard practice not argued for by posts like ours. Absolute disgrace. Donnellan? Charon? Anything to say? Whats point in £300k plus combined salaries for Chief Executive and Council Leader roles if this goes on unchecked??? Beesley was deputy leader before elected to current leadership role...comment please? And Tory administration throughout proving they are still and always will be Party of sleaze.
[quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: The behaviour of the Bournemouth Council executive officers is really sickening. It should be remembered that the elected Councillors have effectively been kept in the dark about all these dodgy practices by the council officials. I think this throws a very different light on Bournemouth former Chief Executive, Pam Donnellan as well as the executives named above. Effectively, these officials have been on a huge cash grabbing exercise at the public expense, whilst at the same time administering the severe cut-backs and hardship in all areas of public services. And even more damning is that the reports in to their goings-on had been down-graded in order to try and bury all this. All of our Councillors, and the public at large, should be under no illusion that we have been played for fools. The public seems to have been bankrolling a very lucrative tax-dodging club. Because all of this seemed to have blossomed under Pam Donnellan’s reign, surely she has some explaining to do? I fully expect and hope Conor Burns and other MP’s to bring this report to the attention of Eric Pickles, Local Government Minister in a bid to stamp out such practice. Namely by doing the following: 1. Appointments. Every job at any level in the council, including top posts, MUST be advertised externally. The Councillors must be involved in the selection process of senior staff, at either paper sift, or interview, or final selection stage. ANY connection through former employment of any applicants to existing officials or councillors MUST be recorded on the Council website with open public access. FULL TRANSPARENCY. 2. Recruitment. NO external agencies should be used to recruit. If a post is unfilled after 3 months, then any agency used should receive a ONE-OFF fee only, not a never ending commission. ALL fee’s and commissions should be public information, disclosed PRIOR to the expense being incurred. 3. Pay bands. Government to set pay-scales for senior staff. Pay-scales exist in the armed services, police, fire, prisons, all areas of public services, so why not Town Halls? Why is it such a free-for –all, which inevitably gives rise to such greed and corruption? 4. Ban ‘One-Man Companies’. ANY person on the public sector pay-roll must be treated as an employee and pay PAYE tax. There must be no such use of setting up limited companies to reduce personal tax. Any trust in Council Executives has been completely shattered. Surely every Councillor in the UK should now be demanding full disclosure of its Councils Chief/ Senior staffs employment and pay arrangements. Leave no stone unturned. Well done to the Echo for exposing this, but it shouldn’t be down to the efforts of local newspapers to find out the truth in this way. It should be a fully transparent system, allowing Councillors and public alike access to such contentious matters.[/p][/quote]Support every word. You would think in 2012 would be standard practice not argued for by posts like ours. Absolute disgrace. Donnellan? Charon? Anything to say? Whats point in £300k plus combined salaries for Chief Executive and Council Leader roles if this goes on unchecked??? Beesley was deputy leader before elected to current leadership role...comment please? And Tory administration throughout proving they are still and always will be Party of sleaze. step up
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12:48pm Fri 23 Nov 12

John T says...

Could Echo readers be provided, by way of Freedom of Information, as to who their investigative reporter is who filed this report. I would guess that it was Melanie Vass?
Council taxpayers of Bournemouth, you ain't seen nothing yet. Just wait until Mouchel's manoeuverings are revealed!
Could Echo readers be provided, by way of Freedom of Information, as to who their investigative reporter is who filed this report. I would guess that it was Melanie Vass? Council taxpayers of Bournemouth, you ain't seen nothing yet. Just wait until Mouchel's manoeuverings are revealed! John T
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1:11pm Fri 23 Nov 12

BmthNewshound says...

The sad thing is this story doesn't come as a surprise
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Charon, Donnellan, Beesley and Williams they're all the same. Putting their personal interests first, looking after their mates second, being less than truthful about the real cost of the Mouchel deal and being open and failing to be open and transparent about who will benefit from the incredibly dodgy Bournemouth Development Company.
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Bournemouth Council is rotten to the core but whilst the voters are stupid enough to keep returning the likes of Beesley and his chinless wonder colleagues to power nothing will change.
The sad thing is this story doesn't come as a surprise . Charon, Donnellan, Beesley and Williams they're all the same. Putting their personal interests first, looking after their mates second, being less than truthful about the real cost of the Mouchel deal and being open and failing to be open and transparent about who will benefit from the incredibly dodgy Bournemouth Development Company. . Bournemouth Council is rotten to the core but whilst the voters are stupid enough to keep returning the likes of Beesley and his chinless wonder colleagues to power nothing will change. BmthNewshound
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1:21pm Fri 23 Nov 12

coster says...

The so called 'Officers' of councils throughout the country feel themselves superior to any elected councillor, and continue with their common purpose - to control and direct, at will.
This same condition pervades throughout the 'Civil Service' at national level.
The so called 'Officers' of councils throughout the country feel themselves superior to any elected councillor, and continue with their common purpose - to control and direct, at will. This same condition pervades throughout the 'Civil Service' at national level. coster
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2:54pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Gordon Cann says...

Bournemouth Council is run by a tightly whipped Conservative group-fact number one

There is no chance of the Conservative Council being thrown out at the next Council elections - since the traditional alternative - the Liberal Democrats are down to two members and may well disappear altogether at the next Council elections-fact number two

Turkeys dont vote for Christmas fact number three.
Bournemouth Council is run by a tightly whipped Conservative group-fact number one There is no chance of the Conservative Council being thrown out at the next Council elections - since the traditional alternative - the Liberal Democrats are down to two members and may well disappear altogether at the next Council elections-fact number two Turkeys dont vote for Christmas fact number three. Gordon Cann
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3:18pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Gordon Cann says...

Now to be positive

1.Liberal Democrats nationally choose new leader and salvage the party from wipe out at the next General Election with implications for Bournemouth

2.Some one with a legal mind reading this report goes through it with a proverbial tooth comb to ascertain that no law has been broken

3.Some one in the Council Conservative group breaks ranks and demands far more detail

4 The Chair of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee , Councillor Ben Grower confirms that he has full confidence in the Council management structures , past and present,and reaffrms that it was right to remove Councillor Roger West from the Audit and Governance Committee last July
Now to be positive 1.Liberal Democrats nationally choose new leader and salvage the party from wipe out at the next General Election with implications for Bournemouth 2.Some one with a legal mind reading this report goes through it with a proverbial tooth comb to ascertain that no law has been broken 3.Some one in the Council Conservative group breaks ranks and demands far more detail 4 The Chair of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee , Councillor Ben Grower confirms that he has full confidence in the Council management structures , past and present,and reaffrms that it was right to remove Councillor Roger West from the Audit and Governance Committee last July Gordon Cann
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4:51pm Fri 23 Nov 12

BIGTONE says...

Welcome to the Mushroom factory.....
Welcome to the Mushroom factory..... BIGTONE
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7:57pm Fri 23 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Welcome to the Lodge.
Welcome to the Lodge. pete woodley
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8:44am Sat 24 Nov 12

peter flea bite says...

Welcome to the brown envelope factory
Welcome to the brown envelope factory peter flea bite
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11:01am Sat 24 Nov 12

Tom 'Boscombe' Jones says...

Welcome to the sleeze_sure dome.
Welcome to the sleeze_sure dome. Tom 'Boscombe' Jones
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11:35am Sat 24 Nov 12

bobthedestroyer says...

This would explain Donnellan left early then, her departure closely follows the Echis request for info. Coincidence?
This would explain Donnellan left early then, her departure closely follows the Echis request for info. Coincidence? bobthedestroyer
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11:38am Sat 24 Nov 12

bobthedestroyer says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
The sad thing is this story doesn't come as a surprise
.
Charon, Donnellan, Beesley and Williams they're all the same. Putting their personal interests first, looking after their mates second, being less than truthful about the real cost of the Mouchel deal and being open and failing to be open and transparent about who will benefit from the incredibly dodgy Bournemouth Development Company.
.
Bournemouth Council is rotten to the core but whilst the voters are stupid enough to keep returning the likes of Beesley and his chinless wonder colleagues to power nothing will change.
Unfortunately this shows that the Councillors have no real power.....its the unelected in charge regardless of what people think.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: The sad thing is this story doesn't come as a surprise . Charon, Donnellan, Beesley and Williams they're all the same. Putting their personal interests first, looking after their mates second, being less than truthful about the real cost of the Mouchel deal and being open and failing to be open and transparent about who will benefit from the incredibly dodgy Bournemouth Development Company. . Bournemouth Council is rotten to the core but whilst the voters are stupid enough to keep returning the likes of Beesley and his chinless wonder colleagues to power nothing will change.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this shows that the Councillors have no real power.....its the unelected in charge regardless of what people think. bobthedestroyer
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12:19pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Gary Sherborne says...

Melanie Vass had left the meeting yesterday morning when District Auditor Simon Garlick commented on his final report (22 Sept 2012) and outlinned the numerious examples of potentially unlawful acts committed in the last two or three years. Going through his report with a fine tooth combe, I was pleased to see that he atleast did provide the case law tax payers would rely on if and when they decide to take an action against officers and members at Bournemouth Borough Council. (Misfeasance in Public Office) & possible breaches of sec 1/2/3 Fraud Act 2006 . grounds of unreasonableness
Seems like M.V and the Daily Echo have opened a whole can of worms.
Melanie Vass had left the meeting yesterday morning when District Auditor Simon Garlick commented on his final report (22 Sept 2012) and outlinned the numerious examples of potentially unlawful acts committed in the last two or three years. Going through his report with a fine tooth combe, I was pleased to see that he atleast did provide the case law tax payers would rely on if and when they decide to take an action against officers and members at Bournemouth Borough Council. (Misfeasance in Public Office) & possible breaches of sec 1/2/3 Fraud Act 2006 . grounds of unreasonableness Seems like M.V and the Daily Echo have opened a whole can of worms. Gary Sherborne
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12:34pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Gary Sherborne says...

two years ago I formed an e-petiton calling for the resignation of Joy Postings and Pam Donnalan on the grounds of routinly making false intruments: breaches of core principles in public office and the common law doctrine of Altra Virus. We are not all mushrooms, some of us have been awake to the corporate curruption national & local for a while now. What has happened here and what Liz Wilkinson and others are helping to uncover is a very serious situation and a very important matter for the public interset. Cllr Anne Filer is the cabinet member for rescouces, Ben grower is an accountant by trade. It is their ignorance that is "wholy unacceptable". they are the mushrooms.
two years ago I formed an e-petiton calling for the resignation of Joy Postings and Pam Donnalan on the grounds of routinly making false intruments: breaches of core principles in public office and the common law doctrine of Altra Virus. We are not all mushrooms, some of us have been awake to the corporate curruption national & local for a while now. What has happened here and what Liz Wilkinson and others are helping to uncover is a very serious situation and a very important matter for the public interset. Cllr Anne Filer is the cabinet member for rescouces, Ben grower is an accountant by trade. It is their ignorance that is "wholy unacceptable". they are the mushrooms. Gary Sherborne
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2:46pm Sat 24 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Anne filer and ben grower,are a pair,who work together.
Anne filer and ben grower,are a pair,who work together. pete woodley
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6:20pm Sat 24 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

On this site sometime ago,i questioned the appointment of Manjeet Gill,and her connection with Donellan, i stiil do.
On this site sometime ago,i questioned the appointment of Manjeet Gill,and her connection with Donellan, i stiil do. pete woodley
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