Investigations into fraud and mismanagement in West Lindsey District Council's planning department have been frustrated by Liberal Democrats failing to participate in an investigatory process.
The five member 'Investigations and Disciplinary Committee' had to adjourn their first meeting after four minutes frustrated because the Liberal Democrat members refused to take part. Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr. Reg Shore (Stow Ward), leading the council's opposition, has said the committee alone was not sufficient to examine the matters. The Audit Commission is also conducting it's own investigation at the district council.
Leader of the Council, Cllr. Bernard Theobald, Conservative (Wold View)
The West Lindsey Conservative Group are proposing to expand the investigations committee to include eight councillors at an extraordinary full council meeting to be held Tuesday, 17th November 2009. If the changes are approved, it will allow the committee's five Conservative members to get on with investigations, regardless of whether the three Liberal Democrat councillors agree to join in.
Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Reg Shore has said the Liberal Democrats would only take part after the Audit Commission has completed its investigation. Cllr Shore said:
"The Conservative leadership is desperate to get this all out of the way.Leader of the Council, Cllr. Bernard Theobald, said tomorrow's meeting was nothing more than an effort to allow the committee to start progressing with its work.
"They cannot do this with the present numbers because they will be inquorate. Therefore they have got to manipulate the system in order to get their own way."
On the West Lindsey District Council Website you can watch the meeting of the Council back in Sepetember when this was discussed.