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MP says town council leader needs to ‘get a grip’

37 Church Street Seaford. Council Ofices and Police station, etc. January 20th 2014 E03132Q

37 Church Street Seaford. Council Ofices and Police station, etc. January 20th 2014 E03132Q

Seaford’s MP has said the leader of the town council needs to ‘get a grip’ of the authority, after the pair came to loggerheads over latest developments at the under-fire council.

Paul Franklin, the town council’s leader, got in touch with the Gazette saying that external auditors which Norman Baker called in – asking for an urgent investigation into the running and finances of the town council following allegations of bullying and infighting – had said they intend to take no further action. Cllr Franklin said, “I have looked on his blog but no mention, Norman has gone very quiet and has not informed the public or Seaford Town Council.”

But Mr Baker hit back, saying, “The auditors have replied setting out the limit of their potential to investigate which prevents them looking at the majority of the issues I drew to their attention.

“This does not mean at all that they have cleared the town council of wrongdoing – rather it simply indicates the narrow range of issues they are able to look at. They have invited further information on some financial issues if I wish to provide it.

“Subsequent to my referral, we now at last have an independent examiner, Ms Douglas, to look into all issues (which of course would never have happened had I not made known my concerns in the first place), so that supersedes my enquiry with the auditors. I reserve the right to return to them on the narrow range of issues they are able to look at if necessary.

“I think Paul would be wise to get a grip of the town council rather than worrying about what I am doing.”

Cllr Franklin responded saying he was ‘very happy we are having an Internal Review and looked forward to the results’, adding he was working hard at the council to deal with day to day operations and was ‘not worrying about what Norman is doing’.

 

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