Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 9, 2019

Suspicious OWLs Update

Cllr Adrian Owens writes “There’s an old saying that the Cover Up is worse than the “crime”. My colleague, Ian Davis has highlighted a link between Lord Derby’s Estate and Savills, a leading and large property agent. This is especially in relation to the council’s plans to establish a Development Company to build houses and the current Local Plan Review.

“So concerned is Ian that he has written to the council’s Chief Executive over the matter. I doubt those concerns will have been allayed by the sudden change today (8th January) to the LinkedIn profile of Simon Waller, Estates Director at Lord Derby’s Estates.

“Having had the connection between his employment at Savills and Lord Derby’s Estate publicly commented upon by a councillor and with two local websites carrying the same story just today, Simon Waller has suddenly altered his LinkedIn page to remove all reference to employment by Savills.

“Is he still employed by Savills? We don’t know. Was he previously employed by Savills? One assumes he must have been from his LinkedIn entry until today. What is interesting is that he feels so embarrassed by the connection that he should feel the need to completely remove all reference to employment by Savills from his profile. Why would he want to do that?

“Here’s a screenshot  of the LinkedIn profile he doesn’t want you to see, which was current until sometime earlier today (8th January)”.

Also relating to the subject of the Development Company, we the public are barred from attending the cabinet discussion of it on 15 January 2019…8. MATTER REQUIRING DECISION. View the background to item 8. Forming a Development Company. View the reasons why item 8a is restricted. “It is recommended that members of the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined. View the background to item 8a (Relevant Portfolio Holders: Councillors Forshaw, Moran & Yates). 

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