Concerns raised about 'officer conduct' at Cheshire East Council


Concerns have been raised over the conduct of one or more senior officers at Cheshire East Council.

The Investigation and Disciplinary Committee will meet on Monday, 10th April, to discuss the issues raised.

The Council will not confirm which officer or officers they relate to, or disclose any details regarding the nature of them.

A Cheshire East Council Spokesperson said: "We can confirm that potential concerns have been raised about officer conduct.

"Initial enquiries have been undertaken and the matter is now to be considered by our Investigations and Disciplinary Committee who will make recommendations as to what, if any, action needs to be taken.

"We would stress that the fact we have arranged for an Investigations and Disciplinary Committee to be convened does not imply any wrong doing. It is a routine step to take in these circumstances.

"It is important that the committee are able to make an objective decision on the matters that are put to them and therefore we are not able to make any further comment at this stage."

Cheshire East Council


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Pete Taylor
Saturday 8th April 2017 at 12:24 pm
Another day, another fiasco.

Re-unite Cheshire now.
Manuel Golding
Monday 10th April 2017 at 3:19 pm
I think Pete you mean, another day, another Cheshire East massage parlour fiasco.
Nick Jones
Monday 10th April 2017 at 3:33 pm
A 'lyme green' wash again ?? slap wrists ! then carry on regardless!
John Clegg
Monday 10th April 2017 at 8:20 pm
Yes but, NickJones, lessons will have been learnt.
They'll also probably "working with" someone-or-other to ensure mistakes aren't repeated.
Nick Jones
Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 7:16 am
@ John, Thanks for that astute observation ,I thought for a moment you may have been the chair of the panel just saving some CEC time and money with process !.. I mean Its not as if this would be a ‘rubber stamping’ job surely ??… As Sir Humphrey once stated “ Never set up an enquiry unless you know in advance what its findings will be.. (your point in a nutshell l!) .. there is absolutely nothing to see here ! … If No one knows what you’re doing then no one knows what you’re doing wrong !

And on that basis we have.. Lyme Green debacle, Core Fit ‘No Need for an investigation’ leading to a law enforcement evidence search at Westfields before Christmas , CEC Ignore local plan, non-compliance to Govt planning policy ignoring the ‘exceptional circumstance’ criteria placing Green belt at risk, Ignoring Brownfield development, PCC appointing his family friend as his Deputy withholding her CV and not removing himself from the ‘process’. Adlington ‘never build on these fields’ Road, Cllrs going against their electorate voting several times to then build on green belt… Co Socious, CEC reorganising into directorates (more cost) to become self-funding??, appointment of a disbarred director , Newly created ‘Executive Directors’ role.. following on from Messrs’ Wenzel, Riley& Suarez etc… failing to merge East and West..

In 2013 Kim Ryley's review of management roles and responsibilities sought to reduce CEC management posts by a quarter - saving £5m a year by 2015 and the end of 'silo' working.. FAILED !... We now have more cost 2 Silos at East and West with a 4% Tax rise (declared a saving !) Then there’s the pay off’ s.. too many to mention.. and Rachel Riley’s ‘disappointed' portrayal of CEC for no good cause !!! .. Simply put, CEC needs to get rid of the hypocrisy, get rid of the problems, listen to its electorate and start saving our money instead of wasting it.. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck then we have to consider the possibility that it’s a duck…. May be a costly but lame duck ? Quis custodiet ipsos custodies !
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 7:44 am
Don't forget the junket to Cannes for the very same Rachael Riley.
Chris Boothman
Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 5:08 pm
Well somebody must have voted for these people to run CEC, though it seems few are willing to admit it. You have choice and a vote, so use it wisely next time.
Peter Davenport
Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 8:28 pm
Here we go again. Anyhow, I cannot hold my tongue any more. I had heard, that amongst the behaviour of our illustrious councillors, they were going to make a film called, "50 Shades of Lime Green", but caution prevailed.
Laurie Atterbury
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 7:00 am
I now know why, as Executor, I had to pay CEC over £2,600 in council tax for my deceased father in law's apartment at Carrs Court. These are not exactly investment properties and it took a long time to sell but CEC still think that a dead person should pay for schools, libraries,parks, roads, street lighting etc. They only allowed 6 months "free" and argued that their policy was because of landlords allowing empty properties to go into disrepair. They did not accept the fact that Carrs Court is a well maintained property especially as we had to continue with the Carrs Court management charge whilst the property was on the market.Most of the beneficiaries of the residual estate are local so, in effect, they have paid for two lots of council tax as their inheritance was reduced by the value of the council tax arrears. One of the beneficiaries is a widowed OAP and has been deprived of what would have been a very useful windfall of some £500. Can you believe that CEC thought they were doing me a favour by allowing me to pay the bill only once the property had been sold and the estate finalised? I am still very angry anout this CEC policy as you can tell and I do believe I rather despise them.