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News Leaks from District Council in Echo

December 16, 2007 by  

Firstly Rochford not totally opposed to traveller caravan pitches

SOUTH Essex will have to find an extra 185 official traveller caravan pitches if new regional government proposals are accepted.

UNLIKE other south Essex districts, Rochford is not totally opposed to extra pitches.

Deputy leader Keith Hudson said he had no objection to a small, properly-regulated site, so long as it did not affect local residents and had adequate road access.

He added: “I believe a site for travellers should be just that – somewhere they can stay for a short time before they move on.”

And…………..An Officer speaks in public at a sub committee about a new waste contract where Councillors who met in secret on 5 December because of confidential financial matters were asked to keep quiet until a Press Release as made in the New Year !!

Full Council Minutes of the 5 December Meeting where the decision on the placement of a new 7 year rubbish and recycling contract have been suppressed.

Why should we continue to be censored if an Officer can speak and the Echo can publish?

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/local/display.var.1905801.0.bottle_banks_cut.php

 

 

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One Response to “News Leaks from District Council in Echo”
  1. Editor says:

    Extra ‘Exempt’ Minutes have been sent to Councillors.

    These are headed ” NOT FOR PUBLICATION by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.”

    So it is against the Law for any Member or Employee of the Council to release this information.

    I presume that the information will be released when those awarded contracts have been advised and negotiations concluded. There will then be a Press Release from the Council.

    It was unfortunate that this was not considered more carefully at the Contracts sub committee where an Echo Reporter was present. Essentially the Echo Article is a leak. It starts hares running……………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Regards

    John

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