Levy-Payers’ Chair Lobbies MPs
- – an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reproducing a portentous email (forwarded by original recipients) from Hero SUMNER, Chair of the Yorkshire Coast Levy-Payers’ Association, to three MPs – Sir Robert GOODWILL (Scarborough & Whitby), Sir Greg KNIGHT (East Yorkshire) and Kevin HOLLINRAKE (Thirsk & Malton). Nothing in Hero’s email falls contrary to information already in the hands of the Enquirer. Plus, further hanky-panky – read on . . .
Some of the more ostrich-like elected members of Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) will no doubt read Hero SUMNER’s email (below) to the three MPs relevant to the BID area (all Conservatives) with considerable circumspection.
Incapable of imagining that such serious allegations could be publicly circulated without being true, they must nevertheless now confront the facts, seek out the evidence and, as individual Councillors – never mind stepping back and relying on others to take a lead (leadership is not apparent at SBC) – begin to take some responsibility themselves for the present mess, trace it to its roots, and hold their Officers to account.
As Conservatives, the three MPs have no political imperative to sweep the follies and oversights of SBC’s Labour administration under the proverbial. Quite the reverse. But more importantly, where there is even a ghost of a breath of a hint of a murmur of malpractice, they must now be mindful of the fact that they are on the record as being “in knowledge”. That is tantamount to a variant of the Schrödinger’s Cat scenario – but from the cat’s perspective: they do not know when the box will spring open and they better look alive when it does!
—– Forwarded message —–From: “Hero Sumner”
To: “Robert GOODWILL” <email@example.com>, “Susan BRIGGS” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP” <email@example.com>, “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.comCc: MULTIPLE RECIPENTSSent: Thu, 11 Aug 2022 at 19:08Subject: Yorkshire Coast BID…
Dear RobertThank you for your reply to concerns that have been raised over the last (almost 4 years) by the businesses who are threatened with possible imprisonment for failing to subscribe to a private, limited company whose governance and administration has received a vote of No Confidence from 46 elected members…
The more recent vote is from Scarborough Council. East Riding, you may recall, raised a similar motion earlier this summer…?I have been privileged to receive absolute proof that SBC have (through officer’s recommendations) allowed the Yorkshire Coast DBID’s poor governance to slip through the net.At best, it can be proven that the whole outfit (YCBID) has been forced to thrive via officer’s recommendations…. at worst, it appears that the ‘lead authority’ who held the ballot (SBC) have not only been instrumental in misleading the public but have failed to inform East Riding Council of the possible outcomes of the maladministration of the VAT situation.I have to ask this question… if a single member of your electorate were to be facing a potential VAT ‘mishandling’ (shrouded by silence)… would you deem it acceptable and shrug it off by saying ‘legislation doesn’t allow us to stop this..’?We are in receipt of absolute proof that the ballot that was held to force this through was ‘rigged’ although deemed ‘legal’. We are in receipt of absolute proof that both councils (and the Yorkshire Coast BID company) have ‘misinformed’ the public with regards to VAT repayments.The Yorkshire Coast BID company vows, via their PR company, to carry on regardless and now turns their attention to ‘preserving’ the coastline. A coastline, which I hope as MPs you’re already aware sports the finest blue flag beaches, many of which are already cleansed and monitored by willing and able volunteers and associated interest groups.Incidentally, you might be interested to know that the giant puppet, funded by local levy paying businesses to the tune of £220,000 is scheduled to appear in Crawley soon. Presumably to increase footfall. In Crawley.Please inform businesses and residents (your electorate) up and down this coastline as to whether or not you are prepared to back them against enforced threats of imprisonment by a private limited company.Or will you roll over and allow this lack of democracy win?Hero Sumner
Legal Director Lisa Dixon – in denial?
“…at worst, it appears that the ‘lead authority’ who held the ballot (SBC) have not only been instrumental in misleading the public but have failed to inform East Riding Council of the possible outcomes of the maladministration of the VAT situation.”
“We are in receipt of absolute proof that both councils (and the Yorkshire Coast BID company) have ‘misinformed’ the public with regards to VAT repayments.”