Now, it would seem that Mr Frazer-Hopewell may had his own mole within STC since his departure in November 2012. I have been reliably informed that a certain councilor, who is shortly leaving the council has been found with emails from their personal STC account direct to Mr Fraser-Hopewell, apparently detailing confidential items from recent STC meetings; possibly TAG meetings. TAG meetings are a process where councillors can hear confidential information and then make recommendations on that is then voted upon at sub committee level, or in full council. Thus giving full clarity and visibility at all times to sensitive matters. I must stress to my knowledge, that in the current council during TAG meetings no votes are made on information heard and the town clerk or the assistant town clerk keeps full comprehensive notes.
Now, considering Mr Frazer-Hopewell went to great pains to hold a meeting with a reporter in January 2012 to complain about an alleged mole, his apparent use of a mole within the council since that time stinks to high heaven of hypocrisy. Mr Frazer-Hopewell's recent letter in the Western Gazette about alleged secret TAG meetings, it would seem he conveniently forgot that, Mr Bob Harris gave an Old Town Hall (OTH) presentation to a closed-to-public (then) FAG meeting, possibly in an attempt to influence the council’s thinking on the matter. Mr Frazer-Hopewell was at the time a trustee of the Somerton Historic Buildings Preservation Trust (SHBPT), campaigning to raise funds for the restoration of the OTH.
Had the mole been manipulated to provide information of the council’s business to him? Thus prompting his recent letter to the Western Gazette, insinuating that STC was trying to hide underhand dealings within the TAG meetings?
It would seem there may have been a minor procedural error in one of these meeting and that the mole may have passed this information on, thus the catalyst to the writing of the letter? I would say, that if this tiny piece of intelligence is all he could glean from the mole since 2012 in his effort to demean the current council, then the council has done extremely well and it has been open and accountable to all.
I would also like to point out as previously reported in Veritas the following: That, on 19th May 2011, Frazer-Hopewell was reported as saying that,
“he would pay all costs if no fault was found in the old council by the auditors”.
Veritas has already commented that he likely knew the outcome of the audit before he made this statement. Therefore, he was in no danger but, having thus declared a potentially heavy personal financial interest surely he should have had absolutely nothing more to do with the matter?
The cost to you the tax payer was a £66,000 audit.
Noted, he did not raise the initial complaint, this was done by the past Somerton Blogger, Nial Connolly. However, he could have terminated the action once he was informed by the the police, that they were not proceeding with the case,
"as there was no case to answer".
On top of this there are undisclosed solicitors costs. If you add on an £11,500 grant from the now defunct Somerset Levels and Moors for a "feasibility study" of the OTH (for all the good that did) and grants from STC and SCA for the same project; admittedly the last two were in hundreds rather than thousands, it all adds up to an eye watering amount and the total of all this squandering may yet reach £100K.
This works out at around £40 per person in the Somerton Council Parish.
If this were not enough; there was also under Mr Frazer-Hopewell’s chairmanship, the selling off of STC assents such as the tractor, trailer and hedge/grass cutting equipment at ridiculously low prices and then putting in place an outside contract to do said work and finally, the valuing of the councils own land on Etsome Terrace at a paltry £1.00.
All of this in the opinion of many Somerton residents, wasted money.
Finally, from the same article on 21st January 2012. The final point made by the reporter was that; the four well respected men from Somerton that were arrested by armed police and held in a police cell for some considerable time: No charges were being brought against them.
“they found no evidence that any crime had been committed”. sic.
This person’s hypocrisy is truly nauseating and I now hear a rumour that he may be planning to stand for council election on 7th May 2015. If this turns out to be true remember what happened last time he served on our town council.
Do you want to go back to a handbrake house style bureaucracy? Where much is important business is parked and little, to nothing is done. Possibly, little done at great expense and at great detriment to the community?
I would hope not.
SOMERTON-VERITAS WRITTEN FROM THE UAE