Is EDDC “foot dragging” over Humphreys inquiry or following “Judicious process”?

Three members of the public: Alderman Roger Giles, Mark Hawkins (a contributor to the “Watch”) and Councillor Jess Bailey all raised questions, given the evidence, about how long it is taking to set up the inquiry into Humphreys. They did this during public speaking at the beginning of yesterday’s (8 June) Cabinet meeting. A report on possible ways forward is scheduled for the July Cabinet “the earliest opportunity”, which will include advice from counsel. 

It is worth listening to the first 25 minutes of the meeting to hear the public speakers and the subsequent discussion. Especially the explanation over why it is taking a long time from an uncomfortable looking CEO Mark Williams (who also raises questions of costs and timescales),  and Leader Paul Arnott reading out the latest correspondence from the police.

It is clear from listening to the discussion that councillors are committed to ensure that this is not kicked into the long grass. But Owl does not underestimate the task. 

It is the lack of institutional transparency to date, for example over Simon Jupp use of a property belonging to Humphrey that has turned this case into a potential can of worms. There will be many who would find obfuscation and administrative delay advantageous.

Let’s hope Mark Williams hasn’t consulted “Jarndyce and Jarndyce”

So many questions, too few answers.

One thought on “Is EDDC “foot dragging” over Humphreys inquiry or following “Judicious process”?

  1. My personal view is that we have to support the determination of the administration to pursue this. They shouldn’t have to but those who should be taking responsibility are still in a state of denial. Cost should not be an issue because it should not be their cost. If only the police, and social services in respect of the other known victim, would take responsibility and demonstrate a willingness to investigate and come clean about past failures the overall cost would be significantly less and be visited on the appropriate bodies. Perhaps the delay until July could be of benefit if EDDC were to put the Police and Crime Commissioner and social services on notice that they will seek to recover all costs of any investigation from any organisation who will not demonstrate willingness to assist including penalty costs if any concealed negligence or misconduct is proven.

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