The extraordinary meeting called by Longstanton Parish Council last Friday afternoon had to be closed prematurely when a member of the public who had been conducting a forensic audit on behalf of the council refused to comply with requests from council chair Gill Ashby to stop addressing the meeting.
After the meeting, the Parish Council issued a statement that can be viewed here. Today, the Cambridge News, whose reporter was present at the meeting, published its account of the proceedings. The Cambridge News report is available here.
District Councillor Alex Riley commented in his newsletter:
“It is entirely fair to describe the meeting as having been a farce. Mr Wells paid absolutely no attention to the Chair of the meeting, talking for a solid half hour, and then proceeding to barrack if any of the councillors said anything he disagreed with. Some residents arrived suitably wound-up by our village mischief-maker who has been in a frenzy of whipping up feeling against our Parish Council. He must be suitably disappointed by the CN’s report.
Mr Wells’ figure of £45-50,000 is completely ludicrous, because the level of staff salaries was always unsustainable, particularly in early 2012 once the kitchen was up-and-running. Losing money because of mismanagement is not the same as corruption.”
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