WEALDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL
What cost to the country incompetence? Sloppiness and Negligence?
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING RELOCATING TO WEALDEN YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW MORE OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAN THE COUNCIL WILL LET ON :
COMMENT: INSTITUTIONALISED DISCRIMINATION IS APPARENT
Until the safety net is restored with a fully functional Monitoring Officer, so that members may know the true scale of the impropriety within the Planning and Legal departments, ratepayers money will continue to be squandered to cover up the facts, money going to preserve the jobs of professional staff unwilling to admit their mistakes and keen to hang in there for an enhanced early retirement.
Members who challenge officers on any issue will find themselves the subject of embarrassing rebukes, formal letters from officers reminding them of their duties, etc. The plain fact is, the officers work for the Members and the Members represent the electorate. All too often we find cases where officers have accused Members of impropriety in public, to eliminate these members from the decision making process. It works because the Member so accused is then forced to declare an interest and excuse himself. This tactic is adopted when an officer is about to be exposed and is a last resort. However, these tactics are also contrary to the Council's constitution, where such public accusations hardly boost public confidence in the integrity of the Council. It's got to stop!
Read Nelson's incredible story: How this council wasted half a £ million of ratepayers money trying to avoid their duty to protect a valuable historic building and why? This is a revelation as to the level of discrimination, that councils routinely adopt, when their members will not do their jobs as the elected representatives of the people. We are now in possession of a telling transcript of a planning meeting recorded without this council knowing they were being taped. During this recorded meeting Wealden's officers were deceiving the members of a planning committee - just as they had deceived Inspector Dannruether in 1987. In planning terms that is called "nursing a lie." Yup. They lied to the Secretary of State in 1987 and they are still lying to you now.
The Councillors below meet together as a Full Council several times a year. During these assemblies they decide the Council's overall policies and budgets. The Council's Chairman, Vice Chairman and Leader are elected annually. A Cabinet comprising 8 members is appointed by the Leader's recommendation, which group takes major decisions the Council may take. Other Committees are also formed to decide various issues such as waste management and planning control. You may ask a PUBLIC QUESTION if you put in your request in good time and the Council must respond in public and confirm their response in writing.
Policies are implemented through the Chief Executive and six Chief Officers who manage the departments and services the Council provides. Therefore, it is essential that Councillors appoint officers fit to carry out their duties.
The Development Control Sub-Committees (North and South) meet on a four weekly basis to determine planning applications and deal with other development control functions. This Council employs around 600 staff in offices at Crowborough and Hailsham.
Peter the town rat loves to kiss officers behinds. He'll do anything for a pat on the back and a nice little check for his expenses each month. It's the easy life for him. Unfortunately for Peter that is at odds with his duty to represent the people. But what the heck, he's been getting away with it for years and nobody mentions about the tan color of his nose anymore, because there are so many other tan noses. When a new member joins with his bright pink nose, it's not long before the officers have him nicely jumping through their loops.
Citizens have a number of rights in their dealings with the Council. They may ask public questions, enquire of the Monitoring Officer as to the legality of any decision, action or refusal to take action - as in the case of Anne Harris, where this council were found guilty of failing to protect this vulnerable farmer. You may lobby the members and these members, seen below, have a duty to properly investigate issues. You will find some members less than useless, you may get fobbed off, told lies, etc. Occasionally though, you will find a very active councillor. In fact, there are more members than ever, prepared to ask awkward questions and get to the truth of a matter - despite officers fudging replies and misleading them.
For further detailed information on how the Council operates download a copy of the new Constitution (pdf file - 236kb) or contact Martyn Garrett, Member Services Manager on 01892 602433 or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANNING COMMITTEE SOUTH
COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM 2006
You'll notice that many of these councillors from seven years ago are still in evidence - and those are the members that are most likely to be in the pockets of local developers and of course officers of the council that have struck up cozy relationships with big business, at the expense of the ordinary man in the street who simply wants a fair deal.
Fresh faces will be less likely to have succumbed to the wiles of persuasive officers, such as Ian Kay, who was an officer with this council for over 20 years. In 20 years you can get used to the perks of such a position and come to rely on that level of power. Power of course corrupts.
THIS SITE CONTAINS MANY EXAMPLES OF THIS COUNCIL'S UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR - With thanks to Action Groups across the country for the supply of real case history and supporting documents. *THAT THE PUBLIC MAY KNOW*
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Anti Corruption in Wealden
During the 2nd World War, the Pevensey Levels hosted an underground radar tracking station. The emplacements seen in the photograph above were to protect the early warning station from land attack. The underground installation was flooded the last time our local historian visited. These remains are of historic importance. The above ground buildings on the adjacent hill have been converted to residential use. This is archaeological evidence of the fight against fascism that our forefathers carried to eradicate dictators, that we may enjoy our land peacefully and without interference from local authority with Nazi like agendas.
Historic buildings like the Castle above survive in the Wealden area, despite the efforts of council officers to avoid their duty to the built environment. This is testimony to the grit of the public, rather than the blood sucking nature of an organisation that bleeds taxes to pay staff that are in some cases negligent, power hungry and therefore a liability to freedom of the people from state interference. If such matters are allowed to escalate unchecked, it would not be long before England becomes a Nazi satellite.
Sexual cannibalism in humans is commonplace where the (UK) state still pays bunny-boilers to fabricate allegations - despite the untenable ratio of false allegations. This is called Noble Cause Corruption, so named because the cause (more convictions of rapists and perverts) is noble, but the means (convicting significant numbers of innocent men) is corrupt. A decent justice system is one where convictions are safe; where an appeal is guaranteed and where the court system does not refuse appellants the evidence for their barristers to perfect grounds of appeal. Unlike most European countries, the right of appeal in the UK in not mandatory and the discretionary single judge paper system is open to startling abuses. This book is based on a real case study, that reveals the fatal flaws in the English justice system. No man in England is safe until these issues are dealt with - it could happen to anyone. Let us not forget that the simplest way for councils under attack is to make an allegation against a person who is questioning their authority.