On the the left is our own 'Woger' (Cllr Roger Latchford OBE) and on the right is KCC Cllr Roger Gough. The picture shows them trying to promote East kent Opportunities LLP and 'consult' people about the land holdings of their LLP at Haine Road (The Eurokent Site) Westwood Cross. The aim would seem to have been to have more leisure/retail and housing rather than employment provision at Eurokent and push industrial job creation to Manston. I digress.
These two chaps beetled off to China with the minimum of publicity on April 5th of this year, pretty quickly after knowing that CGP had signed off its 'China Gateway' application to TDC on 31 Mar 2008 with , by the way, with an entry for employment stating 'unknown details'. (Where did this myth of 3,000 jobs come from?). Get to the point , Bertie.
I present to you the entry for Cllr Roger Gough as part of his KCC Notice of Registrable Interests that he signed on 25 April 2008. (Click on the entry if you cannot read it clearly).
During this visit it would appear that Commercial Group Properties paid for a number of meals for Cllr Roger Gough, the KCC Cabinet member, who quite properly declared them.
He must have been entertained on his 'tod', so to speak, by CGP because in the TDC Register of Interests, our own 'Woger' makes no mention of any hospitality by Commercial Group Properties in April 2008, so Bertie is reliably informed. How extraordinary you might think.
Had they fallen out with each other? Had 'Woger' gone to bed early with a stomach bug? Or was it quite simply that to admit he had received hospitality from CGP, would put 'Woger' in a predicament.? I hope he hasn't made a false statement on his Register of Interests Form 3 sitting in the file at TDC and that there is a perfectly innocent explaination. Perhaps he had the cheaper options on the menus and didn't trigger the £25 limit?
It does strike me as interesting that Commercial Group Properties have been busy spreading largesse around recently. Ken Wills of CGP made a generous political donation of £25,000 to South Thanet Labour and Dr Stephen Ladyman in 2007 at a time when CGP seemed to be buying land at Manston from Struan Robertson at Alland Grange for Phase 2 and 3 of their China Gateway 'vision'.
Also, who can forget that wonderful picture of our 'Woger' in a helicopter with the same Ken Wills, as TDC accepted sponsorship from CGP for the 'Big Event'. (See 'Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts' posting of 6th June). Clearly CGP's generosity did not extend to even buying our 'Woger' a 'take-away' during his April visit to China, at least according to 'Woger'.