The Conservative Council is in chaos. As another senior Tory councillor resigns, questions are asked about Conservatives competence in running the council. Tory-run Cheshire East Council’s admissions of – at the very least – extreme incompetence regarding the pollution data scandal were bad enough, but for there to now be question marks over a series of other activities, warranting a police investigation and the deputy leader of the council stepping down from his position, confirms that the Council is chronically mismanaged.
Deputy leader David Brown has stood down over the investigation into a £70,000 grant to Berkeley Academy in Wistaston, Crewe, in April 2016, just one of the three investigations Cheshire Police announced.
In 2015, former leader Michael Jones stood down after “waiving financial rules” when issuing £156,000 on contracts issued to his physiotherapist’s company.
In 2013, the Conservatives then environmental portfolio holder Rod Menlove stood down over Lyme Green - in which the council spent £800,000 of tax payers' money on a waste transfer station without planning consent; the reporting scandal in which the Council falsified data covers pollution figures for 2012 and 2013.
There are now ‘concerns over land purchases’, years worth of false data on pollution, and £70,000 of public money not going through the correct procedures. Can the Conservative-run Council really claim that it is competent? How many Cheshire East cabinet members have to stand down before things actually change for the better?
Richard Flowers, the Liberal Democrats candidate in the June General Election said: "The Tories warned us there would be chaos. They didn't say they would be the ones causing it!"