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Letter: Does the Council Leader Really Wish To Prolong This Matter?

Published on: 12 Oct, 2017
Updated on: 12 Oct, 2017

Cllr Reeve at the complaints hearing.

From David Reeve

GGG borough councillor for Clandon and Horsley

In response to: Letter: Time For Cllr Reeve to Come Clean

After Tuesday evening’s council meeting, during which there was a strong feeling that a line should be drawn under this whole matter, I had decided not to make further comment.

Nevertheless, if Cllr Spooner wishes, I would certainly be prepared to answer his question.

However, before doing so, could he please confirm that he really wants to prolong the discussion on this matter in this forum.

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Responses to Letter: Does the Council Leader Really Wish To Prolong This Matter?

  1. Paul Spooner Reply

    October 12, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Unfortunately, contributors to this site continue to make claims that are not accurate. I think it’s worth looking at the common ground and looking at the substantial agreement that exists between Cllr Reeve’s work and that of the council’s contracted parties.

    What struck me (and I mean this positively) was the understanding between all parties. I welcome Cllr Reeve’s opinion on the new White Paper proposals for OAN [Objectively Assessed Need] too.

    Paul Spooner is the leader of Guildford Borough Council.

    • Jim Allen Reply

      October 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Perhaps if Cllr Spooner instructed council officers to apply the openness of the Nolan Principles then “inaccurate assumptions” and “wild assessments” would cease to occur and open, democratic government would return to our borough.

  2. John Perkins Reply

    October 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

    It might help to know exactly which claims are inaccurate. Or is that information confidential? Cllr Spooner’s request that Cllr Reeve “come clean” implies that the latter has been dishonest in some way. If so then there has been plenty of opportunity to make it public. Continuous unsubstantiated slurs on others make it look as though Cllr Spooner is trying to distract attention from something.

    The new White Paper is an irrelevance. Those of us who don’t have access to “confidential” information or a crystal ball are forced to use whatever information is available and whichever rules and regulations are applicable at the time. Some might think that to be normal and proper.

  3. Ben Paton Reply

    October 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

    It would be unfortunate if contributors to The Guildford Dragon “make claims that not accurate”. There’s not much evidence of that though, just Cllr Spooner’s self-serving and untested statement.

    The best way to prevent inaccuracies would be to follow the Nolan Principles and conduct the borough council’s affairs in a spirit of openness.

    Instead, the council’s style has been to denigrate the press and anyone who points out any of the council’s flagrant errors.

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