“As a (new) Councillor, I would like to know what we are dealing with here.”
Councillor R. Proctor.
“There were large sums of money involved ..... Now you know as much as I do that there were shady dealings with this. I did not agree with doing that. Why do you think I walked out of your Hagg Lane Group?
It was wrong, wrong, wrong. Well, that was entirely false, and I knew that at the time.”
Councillor R. Chilvers
Source: Filmed and recorded at the Hemingbrough Parish Council Meeting.
From HEMINGBROUGH PARISH COUNCIL to the The Big Lottery Fund
Breathing Places Application Form initiated by Councillor Kenny McCann (partly in his hand writing and partly typed)
We will be working in partnership with Hemingbrough Hagg Lane Green Conservation group ...
We certify that the information given in this application is true
(Constitution of Hemingbrough Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group provided by Parish Clerk from Council files:
“This constitution was adopted on the 13th day of October Two Thousand and five.
Steering Group Signatures:
Martin Senior, Chairperson
Denis Hails, Secretary/Treasurer
Glenis Harrison, Committee
Kenneth McCann, Committee
Sarah Noble, Committee
Neil Pickering, Committee
Mark Bell, Committee
Bernard Farrall, Committee”
(This bogus Constitution is dated exactly one week before a joint Grant application to the separate Heritage Lottery Fund – printed by that Fund on Thursday, 20 October 2005 at 2.48pm. A different application misled another Lottery Fund into believing “the land is owned Freehold or other type of outright ownership by the Parish Council.
The Application notes “The Hemingbrough Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group was set up in October 2005”. (What a surprise.)
Martin Senior was not the Group’s Chairperson until after 17th July 2007! Perhaps (Councillor) Pickering would like to confirm when he became a Member of that Group and accepted Committee responsibilities?)
From the Parish Clerk (B. Hopper) to Bernard Farrall, Committee Member of the Conservation Group
As the (Conservation Group) accounts are included within the Parish Council Accounts, being the “accountable body”, and being audited by the External auditors I have assumed that the dealings of the Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group are subject to public scrutiny. I would have thought that the minutes should be displayed on the excellent website and that meetings be advertised and open to the residents to attend.
IT WOULD APPEAR NOT SO. However I find it surprising that some £50,000 of public money – whose pockets has it come from originally - can be spent without the local residents being able to look at the minutes and the accounts. This is more than the Parish Council has spent in the last three years.
To HEMINGBROUGH PARISH COUNCIL from The Big Lottery Fund
Addressed to home address of Mr. McCann (??? Why not to the Parish Council’s registered address care of the Clerk?)
I am pleased to inform you that we have awarded a grant to Hemingbrough Parish Council for £10,000 on the terms and conditions you accepted as part of the application.
To HEMINGBROUGH PARISH COUNCIL from the Assistant Grants Officer
The items listed below are referenced in your End of Award report as grant expenditure bur are not a part of the budget in your application and no changes to the budget have been requested.
Photopaper/Ink Cartridges/Leaflets £631
Reference Books £250
What is not included in the extensive file of correspondence?
A copy of the letter mentioned by Councillor McCann at the September 2014 Council meeting declaring the Hemingbrough Hagg Lane Village Green has no legal owner. (It does!)
This 'missing' letter doesn’t seem to be in the Parish Council files.