The summer recess has been joyous but sadly the Monday Planning site visit broke my holiday torpor fanned by an article by my most despised politician. ( no, worse even than Edwina Hart, maverick Welsh transport minister). Tony Blair had been given free rein in my paper & arrogantly made out a case to attack Syria. He is still in denial over his craven decision to go to war on flawed facts. His views were cleverly brought down to earth by the Times cartoonist who showed two badgers in their sett, with a silhouette of a marksman with weapon cocked, framed in the entrance. Badger one was reading the “B Liar” article, big grinning teeth & topknot sketched in, whilst distraught Badger 2 was wringing her paws under a caption, “Hasn’t TB caused enough death as it is !?” If not humiliating enough, the following day’s lead letter was from GENERAL SIR MICHAEL ROSE who wrote, ” I was surprised that you gave so much space to Tony Blair’s views on Syria. It’s like having an arsonist advise on how to put out a fire he lit”. When the Labour Party was refashioning itself with its “Third Way”, all those …..
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Aqua class, Village Hotel, my Tuesday routine when council work allows. Now into recess so grab my usual spot and take no notice of grey haired man wallowing in the shallow end playing with children. Soon a fellow swimmer bounces over to me. “Isn’t he the first minister,” she warbles. Too far away for me to be sure. Waddle over & tune in on Mo, the instructor asking him to leave. Pool booked for Aqua only. Not having seen Carwyn for 10 years, and certainly not without clothes, threw me for an instant but I recognised the voice as he asked if he had to leave. Graciously, he & family accepted Mo’s explanation & he took up residence in the paddling pool whilst the ladies continued to hog the main pool. I waddled over to the submerged minister, “Carwyn, come and join us”, I called. Head popped, “Alison”, he replied at once shaking hands. No difficulty with his “Instant Recognition” skills. “I’m too big”, he jested and flopped back into the kiddies pool. I waded back to my spec, watched by eye rolling ladies. “Yes, it’s the first minister,” I confirmed. I told Mo she had ordered the First Minister …..
CLLR. HEESOM’S TORMENTORS SERVE UP EXPECTED SANCTION. Patrick’s supporters promptly attended at 11am for the anticipated start but the Panel is not known for punctuality. Meanwhile, 4 legal bods, probably on up to £500 an hour; twiddled their collective thumbs. The cotton bag caught our attention under the feet of Ombudsman’s lawyer. “Ombudsman’s Association”. “Independent complaints resolution” the bag boasted. This produced gales of muffled laughter. We thought the bag was telling “porkies”. Its owner, a thin, humourless lady hurriedly pushed the object of our mirth under her feet. Former Cllr Peter Pemberton and I passed the time discussing our mutual exchange of lettuce plants whilst a former officer of the Council quietly regaled us with stories of a Cllr with an alleged reputation for bullying. The Cllr had laboured under the uncharitable names of ‘Adolph’ or Mr Beetroot as the face went red as the fury rose.’ Who did he mean? 12.10 p.m.; we were asked to switch off mobiles and then at 12.30, the Panel filed in. Having spent yesterday softening us up the previous day for big sentence, Hywel James pronounced that Stage 3, the punishment had arrived. Panel’s decision unanimous there had been 14 breaches amounting …..
(Cllr Patrick Heesom’s tribunal. Day 57? ) Tuesday at 2pm, the Panel reconvened at the Village hotel after many months delay. At the same time, in County Hall, Flintshire County cllrs were about to agree a new way of dealing with alleged breaches of their codes of conduct. The Ombudsman for Wales finally accepted all allegations against cllrs need no longer be sent automatically to his office for judgement. A local resolution strategy is to be introduced to deal with alleged breaches, leaving only the more serious cases to go to the Ombudsman. The scheme is years overdue Mr Ombudsman. I told the Chief Executive in his office five years ago, that this was how Cllr Patrick Heesom should have his alleged code breach dealt with. Let the Group Leaders & the local Standards Panel rule first. To involve the Public services officer for Wales. (PSOW), would all end in tears. This marathon tribunal, some 58 days stale & still unending; will certainly end in tears. But whose? Certainly the taxpayer who will some day be asked to pay the enormous cost of the arrogance of the Ombudsman, his biased procedures and of his Adjudication Panel teammates. Grinning Chair, District …..
Members of Hawarden Community Council were summonsed to attend the 11th February meeting at the institute. Not sure why we are “summonsed” but the turn out was good. First up was further discussion over the long standing battle between the Chief Constable and Council members to make our chief constable more respectful towards those elected to represent the people. He does not answer letters from our Clerk and in desperation, the Chair of the Former North Wales Police Authority was asked to help. Another rebuff. This Bod no longer has any jurisdiction and why not try a new Crime Commissioner. It’s incredible that a chief constable can just ignore letters. Sadly, as the most senior law enforcer in the region, there was surprise when he pulled out of a prestigious prize giving event in January at short notice for no apparent reason. Those who pay police wages are entitled to both a response to a letter and if an invitation is accepted, then a presence is required or a good reason for the call off should be given. The Chief is clearly pleasing the new Police Commissioner. A member of the now defunct Police Authority learnt that Police Commissioner has …..
Since the 3rd May election, the transition from the Coalition to a Labour led administration has been smooth with Messrs Shotton & Attridge moving into Cabinet mode. They got the majority needed to govern after Tony Sharps abandoned his former albatross Leader and formed an alliance with Labour to put Aaron into the all powerful top slot. No matter! Arnold Woolley came to power when the rightful leader in waiting, Patrick Heesom was denied the job, (Blogs passim) Cllr Woolley still hung on to the leadership role in the most dubious circumstances as have been described (ad nauseous) before. Time for a welcome change! Regular readers will know that Patrick was tossed into the waiting arms of the Ombudsman on a bullying allegation. It will be known that despite the still rising legal bill of over £3million, in an enquiry that started in March 2009, Patrick’s tribunal has still not finished! Its scheduled to resume in September 2012, some three years on. Justice delayed is justice denied will not dent our Teflon Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. Patrick’s Adjudication Panel seem unable to grasp that Patrick’s tribunal should now be stopped once and for all now that a High Court decision was …..
Dear Ms Cole, You chaired the Adjudication Panel in March and May 2010 that found me guilty of breaking Codes of Conduct and your fellow panel members are now serving on the Cllr Armstrong Braun panel. I would be very surprised if you had not been told that the evidence given at my tribunal by Cllr Woolley was false and that I have reported Cllr Woolley to North Wales Police for perjury. In October 2010, I unearthed evidence that totally undermined an entry made by Cllr Woolley in his handwritten journal in which he wrote that I had accused Cllr Heesom of bullying behaviour. Heesom’s behaviour was at the heart of the case against me. After being recalled three times by Cllr Patrick Heesom’s legal team, I was present on 15th September 2011 at the Heesom Adjudication Panel when Cllr Woolley admitted that the event he had recorded that seriously incriminated me when he stated that I had accused Heesom of being a bully could not have happened and that he had been wrong to write as he did. I had always stated that the journal was false and it comprised the main weight of evidence against me. My lawyers …..
The Corporate Resources Meeting was more interesting that I had expected and the Chief Executive played a major part in taking members through the complexities of the forthcoming budget proposals. As I had expected, I did not learn much more about the Early Retirement issue that was up for discussion. Both the elected chair for the meeting and another member closed any debate down, an action I accepted as the press was present. The press is frequently used to get a story out that a member wishes to have published in a round about way, but obviously my story and my concerns of a certain early retirement did not press the right buttons on this occasion. I was chuffed when the Head of Human Resources credited me with pressing officers to bring the costs etc. of early retirements to members’ regular attention. Head of HR graciously agreed that this policy had fallen by the way side and my doggedness had put it back on the agenda once more. I was happy to praise officers in return as I thought our Chief Executive, Colin Everett had displayed a masterful command of the budget brief. He answered detailed and complex questions without …..
The last site visit scheduled for 9th January Planning bus was in Magazine Lane, Ewloe and the matter would be decided by members on Wednesday 11th. It was a mean little site tight against the A55 with its constant roar of traffic, deep in mud in which wallowed 5 inquisitive ponies I felt sorry for the livestock and their conditions and I would have felt even unhappier for young children to live in such conditions particularly when a properly laid out site was available down the hill. A break before the start of the 1300 Planning committee allowed me to pop out and explain procedure to the people who were speaking against the proposal for the residents. I then met the applicant’s agent & my breath was taken away with his gratuitous rudeness to me and to Planning Officers. Yes, he would want three minutes to speak to the first part of the application and yes, he would then want a further three minutes to tell us how we had got it all wrong if we dared refuse the first application. He then threatened all in hearing with how he would take the Authority to the cleaner’s with massive costs. …..
Progress into my complaint of perjury and malfeasance in public office against the Leader FCC. Submitted 21st September 2011. Dear Detective Superintendent, Over a month has elapsed and I have heard nothing from you regarding the serious complaint I lodged with your Chief Constable on 21st September 2011. I have an email from the Heesom Tribunal Clerk, Stephen Phipps, which confirms that the Heesom Tribunal will not release the Woolley transcripts until the case tribunal has finished its deliberations. The reasons given are that the Panel has not made up its mind over the evidence given to this tribunal by Cllr Woolley and the Panel will not allow any risk to the Heesom tribunal. I told Mr Phipps that the Panel is therefore refusing to assist me clear my name. He told me that he could not comment. The Tribunal is a civil arrangement. Its procedures are deeply flawed and no protection is offered as is the case with a criminal hearing. Perjury is an extremely grave offence that carries a seven year penalty on indictment. I cannot believe that no investigation will take place until the tribunal terminates which could take until the next council elections in May, 2012. …..