Cllr. EDDIE POWELL
Eddie Powell is a mystery man off the grid as it were with no published media pictures as evidence of his passing.
This council's special panel consisting of Lord Newton, Jack Gore and Eddie Powell, recommended their council should not accept any more petitions. It is a fact that when a second Petition with 39 signatories was later presented, Wealden District Council refused to accept it. So much for their Constitution!
PANEL MEMBERS - Jack Gore and The Lord Newton, were also on the Petition Panel with Eddie Powell. Lord Newton was forced to resign over a landfill conflict of interest and Mr Gore was forced to apologise for failing to declare an interest in Framfield and did not stand again after 2013, paving the way for Ann Newton to be elected.
Wealden District Council then agreed to pass the matter to the Police and promised to co-operate in the investigation the subject of the above Sussex Express article dated 12 December 1997.
The sad truth is there was no investigation and no crime number. Somehow Wealden's then chief executive officer (CEO) had obtained Police headed paper and written a letter exonerating his officers. However, some months after this event, a member of the council and a member of the public were told by two serving officers that there had been no investigation.
These officers went on to confirm Wealden's then CEO had been the author of the letter Councillor Raymond Parson was persuaded to read to a meeting of the full council.
We have no idea if it is lawful to refuse to accept a Petition, but it appears so from the Council's own rules. If anyone out there knows about this subject, please contact us.
Despite the fact Petitioners had requested an independent investigation, Wealden District Council decided to investigate the complaints of 12 petitioners by means of an internal inquiry. The panel consisted of Lord Newton, Jack Gore and Eddie Powell.
This was never to be. The council took the sting out of the Petitioner's tails by holding an internal inquiry. A panel of three die-hard officer's men were selected to look at complaints through a mesh so fine, the panel were not empowered to investigate any on the matters put before them. Before looking at any evidence, the panel members said they were right behind the officers - hardly an open minded approach.
After much ceremony, the panel gave their colleagues a clean bill of health, except only that serious issues (the subject of the complaints) were handed over to the Sussex Police - this act in itself an admission there were matters too hot to handle.
The remaining serious matters were handed to the Police, who failed to conduct any investigation but simply bundled the petitioners complaints on to the CPS, who in the absence of any investigation results looked the other way. The Police then allowed the then Council's chief executive, to write a letter to the council on headed paper. This ruse convinced members they were looking at the result of an full investigation. However, the Police later admitted there had never been one. Later still when the truth was discovered, the replacement chief executive (the former CEO Derek Holness having made a get away) refused to allow Petitioners sight of the suspect Police letter.
COUNCILLORS SERVING IN 2017 INTO 2018
- Jo Bentley
- John Blake - Bob
Bowdler - Don Broadbent
- Norman Buck - Raymond Cade -
- Lin Clark
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