Failure to publish #farmgate report 'is a disgrace'
- Credit: Archant
We are not alone in believing the Cambridgeshire County Council audit committee probe into the tenancy of Manor Farm, Girton, must be published.
The veil of secrecy is disturbing, and not simply because it impacts on the most senior levels of a public body.
So far it has seen two casualties: the man at the centre of the storm, ex deputy leader Roger Hickford. He quit once he knew his leader Steve Count knew its contents.
The other casualty is the revered former audit committee chairman Mike Shellens. He quit – after seven and a half years of steering his committee through tortuous reports and investigations, all of which were published.
The reasons are not legal (don’t believe the spin cascading from Shire Hall).
It is because the report focuses on a culture and inappropriate behaviour within the highest echelons of our local corridors of power.
- 1 Man alleged to have kidnapped child sparks heavy police presence
- 2 Chip shop’s new platter dish ‘The Great Gordon’ tribute to late founder
- 3 Paddleboarder dies after getting into difficulty on river
- 4 Fraudster rented out homes for cannabis factories worth over £300k
- 5 Man, 37, named as A14 death crash victim
- 6 Man suspected of touching child outside supermarket
- 7 Two vehicles in ditches after crash on A141 between March and Guyhirn
- 8 Wisbech based Alan Hudson centre receives third outstanding award
- 9 Driver escapes injury after lorry ploughs into back of broken-down van
- 10 Man who glassed another man in the head after a fight jailed
They don’t want you to know. They threatened legal action even against the audit committee if they breathed a word of it.
It is a disgrace. We won’t let it rest there.