Thursday, 24 July 2008

PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBER IN CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION

It's not in Thanet, so any Councillors, including 'Our Ken' who rushed to 'Strife', can take a deep breath and relax.



This is a LibDem Councillor from Canterbury City Council and according to KMOnline, Kent's Finest, or at least The Serious Economic Crime Unit have begun an investigation into suspicions of corruption.

Cllr Roger Matthews, a Planning Committee Member at Canterbury City Council and Julian Brealy, who owns Herne Bay Golf Club have been arrested on suspicion of corruption and released on bail. Mr Brealy is under investigation for a criminal offence but completely denies the allegation and Cllr Matthews is helping the police with their enquiries. Cllr Matthews is quoted as saying that "I hear the gossip just like others have."

Anyway, as this is a problem in CCC and not TDC , I leave you to go and read the full KM story at http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kol08/article/default.asp?article_id=45264 .

However, it's reassuring to know that Kent Police have such a wide range of interests when it comes to investigating crimes and I must make a note of The Serious Economic Crime Unit, I didn't know it existed.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are lucky in Thanet that we have no suspicion of corruption

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ...! Thank you 23.00, I haven't laughed so much in ages!

Anonymous said...

I thought I felt a few tremors this morning. Might be all those knees.

Anonymous said...

I like the story about old Cyril Hoser.

He phones the new tory leader to congratulate her on her appointment

Cyril "Ullo dare Mags you decent old sort and it's a big well dun from fannit for yer captaincy."

Maggie "Well thank you indeed Mr Hoser are you au fait with the new policy It is called monetarism"

Cyril "Just run it by me Mags"

Maggie "Basically it means that we must print less money Cyril"

Cyril "You mean you are on to me den ?"

Bertie Biggles said...

Rick, thanks but one item per strand please!

Anonymous said...

They were the old DAYs

Anonymous said...

The question is: Has corruption had its day?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that the truth behind our council's strange planning ideas will come out!

And if, and when it does, then we the down trodden may just have the last laugh!

I'm sure that fraud is still an offence! Even in these enlightened, anything goes as long as we're not caught times!

Anonymous said...

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Anonymous said...

Corruption....in the planning committee, surely not!

Matt B said...

At least it prooves that parts oft he system do work. I guess we should be greatfull for that.

BTW: Berty I would love to chat with you off the record sometime. Drop me a line if you get a moment.

Bertie Biggles said...

Will do Matt.

Anonymous said...

Corruption or sour grapes? Someone should ask the guy who got them arrested why he'd want to wreck his own company. He knows who he is.