Sunday, 9 June 2013
Transeuropa Ferries Scandal More Questions than Answers
On 21 May I wrote to the District Auditor about the TransEuropa Ferry debt scandal. In that letter I asked some basic questions about how the debt was allowed grow and why the majority of elected Councillors were not informed about this debt and consulted about what to do. The District Auditor took the unusual step of requesting the Council Chief Executive, Dr. Sue McGongical to respond to my questions. He has now sent me a copy of her reply which I have reproduced in full on my blogsite
Sue McGongical's response to my questions provides the most detailed account to date about this major financial scandal. However, it also raises many serious questions about how the Council managed this disaster such as why only a handful of elected councillors were ever told about this deal in the 3 years it was in place. Why the growing debt was never mentioned when elected councillors agreed to set the Council budget over the past 2 years. What due diligence was carried out into TransEuropa Ferries and its alleged Italian investor in order to safeguard the interests of Thanet Council. I will be raising these questions and many more questions about this scandal on my blogsite in the next week or so.
This is the most serious financial scandal to have ever hit Thanet Council and taxpayers will ultimately have to pay the bill!
It is my intention to bring into the public arena as much information as I can so that the people of Thanet can judge for themselves.
Please feel free to post any questions you think might be relevant on my blogsite and please pass on to me in confidence any information you might have about this scandalous issue. Its time for the people of Thanet to bring their Council under some form of democratic control instead of allowing it to secretly gamble taxpayers money on failing companies.
Councillor Ian Driver