Saturday, May 15, 2010

Even in defeat, the secrecy regarding The Coatham Enclosure Scheme goes on...

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in our favour, the leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, George Dunning, sent a letter to a member of our group stating quite clearly that all issues regarding the aftermath of the Coatham scheme being abandoned, were going to be treated in an open and transparent manner.

Soon after this, another member of our group was invited along with a handful of others by council officer Ian Wardle, to a meeting with Mr Wardle and councillor Mark Hannon to discuss the way forward with Coatham.

I sent an email to Amanda Skelton following her disgraceful performance at a meeting of the Redcar Rotary Club, countering the false claims that she had made to the Rotary club about The Coatham Scheme, pointing out the real facts to her and asking her to call for an independent investigation into the issue of FOUR MILLION POUNDS OF PUBLIC MONEY being spent by this council on things which were the sole responsibility of Persimmon Homes PLC in trying to progress a scheme that they knew all along was unlawful and blighted with problems and controversy.

Nearly two months down the line and Mrs Skelton has not yet answered?

But as if that display of arrogant contempt wasn't bad enough, not only is the future of the meeting proposed by Ian Wardle now looking extremely precarious, because he is wriggling around and fudging the issue with his secretary telling us that they can't pin a date down for everyone to attend and Mr Wardle is constantly in meetings, George Dunnings claim, in his letter to a member of our group that the council were going to include the public in meetings about Coatham and that they were going to adopt an open and transparent approach is looking as much an absolute myth.

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