Thursday, 8 August 2013
Thanet Council £3.3million Ferry Debt. Councillor Challenges Accounts
Green Party Councillor, Ian Driver, is challenging Thanet District Council’s accounts for 2012-13
“Under the terms of the Audit Commission Act 1998, I will be writing to the District Auditor and Council’s Chief Executive to object to the Council’s management of the of the £3.3 million debt owed to the Council by Transeuropa Ferries and its associated companies”
“It is my belief that the payment deferral agreement between Thanet Council, TransEuropa Ferries and three other associated companies, which led to the running up of this astronomic debt, was unlawful. I also have extremely serious concerns about how the payment deferral process was managed by senior Council officers and politicians of both main parties. I am particularly concerned about the secrecy surrounding this agreement and possible breaches of the Council’s constitution”.
“I have met with the Council’s external auditors today to ask questions about the accounts and to seek their guidance on how to formally object. I will be submitting my formal objections in the next few days and intend to publish a copy on my blogsite”.
“To formally challenge the Council’s accounts is an extremely serious matter which I am not taking lightly. However, I am convinced that Thanet Council has acted unlawfully, has mis-managed public public money and should be held to account for its actions”
"Driver is also complaining to the Information Commissioner about Thanet Council’s refusal to allow him to see secret internal documents relating to the TransEuropa debt. "For the past 10 weeks I have been asking to see all the Transeuropa debt documents. However, apart from minor and insignificant documents, the Council has refused my requests, which leads me to wonder what they have to hide. I have now contacted the Information Commissioner and hope that he will order the Council to hand the documents over to me. If he does, I will publish the documents and let the people of Thanet decide for themselves if their Council and Councillors have managed public money in a responsible way.