Friday 01st March 2024,
North Yorks Enquirer

ERYC: Leader PARNABY Faces Corruption Allegations

ERYC: Leader PARNABY Faces Corruption Allegations

  • an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on serious allegations made by an East Riding developer against ERYC Leader Stephen PARNABY [Con.] and a number of associates.


East Yorkshire telephones lines must have been sizzling on the evening of 30th March 2017, when 66 of the 67 East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors – the notable exception being the Leader Councillor Stephen PARNABY O.B.E. [Con.] – not to mention a number of representatives of the local and national press, found themselves in receipt of an email bearing, as an attachment, a PDF copy of a letter dated 7th February 2017 (see below) from local developer Peter ROBINSON (pictured, above), of Cottingham, to the Chief Executive Officer of ERYC, Mr Nigel PEARSON, in which Leader Councillor Stephen PARNABY [Con.] and a number of senior ERYC Officers are the subject of allegations of serious malfeasance in public office in relation to certain planning decisions.

Mr PEARSON, whose tenure as Chief Exec ends in a matter of days, will no doubt be relieved to hand over the keys to County Hall to his successor and erstwhile subordinate, Caroline LACEY, on whose desk the allegations must now fall.

Also mentioned in the allegations is Chair of the Planning Committee Councillor Phyllis POLLARD [Con.] whom, according to Mr ROBINSON, Councillor PARNABY recruited as a Councillor and has allegedly described as “A lovely lady but she does not know what day it is” – the apparent implication presumably being that Councillor POLLARD may have been the innocent victim of improper manipulation by Councillor PARNABY.

Readers may already be aware that website of Councillor Andy STRANGEWAY [Ind.] has long borne the prophetic  inscription:

  • “By 31 July 2018 Councillor Stephen Parnaby will no longer be the Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council”.

It may be noteworthy, too, that Councillor Andy STRANGEWAY [Ind.] has now featured the following photoon on his web-site:

Mr ROBINSON’s PDF letter is reproduced below, in its entirety. The veracity of the allegations contained therein cannot be vouchsafed by the Enquirer and readers must therefore form their own opinions:

Download the PDF file Letter_CEO_ERYC.

However, now that the floodgates have opened, a host of disclosures are widely anticipated and the odds on Councillor PARNABY achieving his reportedly long-held ambition of featuring in this year’s Birthday Honours List may now be considered to be in the order of astronomical numbers to one.

Naturally, I have written to Councillor Stephen PARNABY [Con.] offering him an opportunity to provide a comment for inclusion in this article but have unfortunately received neither acknowledgement nor response in time for my press deadline – not even a blanket denial. Nothing need be read into this failure to respond; Councillor Stephen PARNABY [Con.] is perfectly at liberty to stand on his right to silence.










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