An “explanation” of the Knowle Flog It fiasco appears in today’s Sidmouth Herald. It appears to be printed verbatim from a council statement.
Owl wonders why this statement was printed without challenging some of its very, very vague claims – one hesitates to use the word ‘facts’. “Journalism”? Not as Owl knows it!
Guess some answers MIGHT come from the Freedom of Information request by an Exmouth resident on 8 January 2019:
In the meantime:
Amongst Owl’s questions:
It seems Councillor Skinner paid £400 for the table he wanted so urgently – earlier reports mentioned it being valued at a very low price, much lower than £400. Which is correct? And including just how many chairs?
Who decided on the “three disposal methods? It does not appear to be the Asset Management Group.
Which councillors have bought items? Have they declared these on their Registers of Interest?
Which groups were offered ‘free’ items, how were they chosen and by whom? Have any of these groups taken items – and if so, which groups and how much did they pay for them?
What exactly is the Chairman’s Civic Fund and how and when has it been used recently and in the past? What are its rules? Who oversees the disbursements?
Which local groups and charities will be able to bid for what is left after officers and councillors have taken their pick? How have they been chosen and by whom?
Are internal and external auditors happy with the procedures?
Will the Scrutiny Committee be scrutinising these actions?
Owl is sure readers have many more questions!