In 1997 as a result of accumulated complaints of a serious nature directed at Wealden District Council's planning, enforcement and legal departments, a petition was lodged by 12 independent signatories asking for an independent investigation.



This was never to be.  The council took the sting out of the Petitioner's tails by holding an internal inquiry - where more properly the matter should have gone to an outside organisation such as the Local Government Ombudsman, or Parliamentary Ombudsman via the Wealden MP Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith.


No person or body should be a judge in their own cause. R v Sussex Justices.



Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith conservative MP


SIR GEOFFREY JOHNSON-SMITH - Conservative MP for Wealden at the time failed to respond to representations made to him in person.



A panel of three die-hard officer's men were selected to look at complaints through a mesh so fine, the panel were not empowered to investigate any on the matters put before them.  Before looking at any evidence,  the panel members said they were right behind the officers - hardly an open minded approach. The panels was chaired by Lord Richard Newton, with Jack Gore and Eddie Powell.


After much ceremony, the panel gave their colleagues a clean bill of health, except only that serious issues (the subject of the complaints) were supposedly handed over to the Police - this act in itself is an admission that there were matters to be looked at that were too hot to handle at the misfeasance level.


The remaining serious matters were handed to the Police, when Detective Sergeant Keith Lindsay failed to conduct any investigation but simply bundled the petitioners complaints on to the CPS, who in the absence of any investigation results looked the other way.


The Police then allowed the then Council's chief executive, to write a letter to the council on headed paper.  This ruse convinced members they were looking at the result of an full investigation.  However, the Police later admitted there had never been one. Later still when the truth was discovered, the replacement chief executive  (the former CEO, Derek Holness, having made a get away on an enhanced pension) refused to allow Petitioners sight of the suspect Police letter.


No doubt a DNA check would have revealed all.



  Lord Richard Newton, Laughton Park Farm 


Ex Cllr Lord (Richard) Newton - we could not find a single photograph of the gentleman anywhere in the media, Jack Gore and Edwin Rice, also a mystery man off the grid as it were and are former members of Wealden Council.



Why was Derek Holness given an enhanced pension. Was the extra money a payoff to keep silent and not reveal the truth of the so-called police letter. The fact is that if the Sussex Police don not open a file and interview any of the complainants, then they can gather no evidence. If they gather no evidence, then the CPS cannot entertain any prosecutions for lack of evidence.


If the bonus paid to Mr Holness was to get him to sign a non-disclosure agreement as to the conspiracy between Wealden and the Sussex Police, then that money would qualify as proceeds of crime. Surely, the circumstances surrounding Derek's enhanced pension is as much worthy of an investigation as the failure of the police to open a file for the 12 witnesses to give their evidence.


The next CEO, Sheelagh Douglas did not last very long once she found out about the alleged fraudulent letter. She saddled up and high-tailed it out of town as fast as she could go.



Patrick Scarpa, solicitor Wealden District Council David Whibley, enforcement officer Wealden District Council  


Kelvin Williams, Victorio Scarpa, David Whibley, Julian Black, Daniel Goodwin


Christine Nuttall, solcitor, Wealden District Council corruption and monument protection English Heritage David Phillips, perjury and corruption Wealden District Council, the Energy Age, Nelson Kruschandl Douglas Moss 


Christine Nuttall, David Phillips, Douglas Moss, Ian Kay, Charles Lant





Where the Nolan Committee, headed by Lord Nolan, had recommended that a new criminal offence be admitted to statute, this was intended as prevention regarding a problem the Government was aware of and was looking for a way to curb abuses - especially where officers of local authorities were behaving badly.  The term for this kind of misuse of authority is Misfeasance.


Neither the Prime Minister or the Deputy Prime Minister replied to the Group. The Nolan Report recommendations were not implemented and public funding to enable the ill treated to defend themselves, was effectively reduced to nothing with the introduction of the Right to Justice Act.








Anne Harris - Failure to protect tenant farmer from landlord harassment

Chester Hudson - 

Emily Gallard - 

Frank Wood - 

Terence (Frisky) Fieldwick - 

Marsh Slatter - 

Maria Smith - 

Michael Richards - 

Michael & Valerie Punter - Unlawful demolition Bushy Wood animal sanctuary

Nelson Kruschandl - Malicious course of conduct, perjury, perverting the course of justice

Richard de Rivaz - Attempting to force improvements in land drainage where not so empowered

Roger Brown - Standard Trees, Health & Safety abuses of authority




Edwin Robinson




Ashley Brown

Barbara A Kingsford

Beverly Boakes

Charmain Alcock - Ditto

Christine Nuttall

Clifford Bradshaw

David Phillips

David Whibley

Derek Holness

Geoff Johnson

George Morham White

Ian Kay - I.M. Kay

J Douglas Moss

Julian Black

Martyn Garrett

Mike Flemming

Patrick Coffey

Ralph Forder

Rex Pettigrew

Richard Mercer

Thomas William Hoy

Timothy Dowsett

Trevor Abbott

Vic (Victorio) Scarpa




Adrian Wain

Aran Boyt

Chris Sherwood

Colin Dowle

Dave Tye

Jane Rhodes

Jo Pinyoun

Joe Edwards

Giles York

Gordon Staker

James Hookway

Jeremy Paine

Kara Tombling

Keith Lindsay

Keith Stoneman

Ken Jones

Maria Wallis

Mark Jordan

Martin Richards

Neil Honnor

Nigel Yeo

Olivia Pinkney

Paul Whitehouse

Peter Coll

Robert Lovell

Sarah Jane Gallagher

Sir Ken Macdonald QC

Timothy Motram



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