Council refuses to fork out £260,000 over homes row
SOUTH Holland’s councillors have refused to pay out compensation of
more than £260,000 relating to a controversial housing development or to
accept a report accusing them of maladministration.
District council members unanimously
disagreed with the findings of the Local Government Ombudsman, who had
been investigating a three-year-old complaint into the authority’s
actions with the Nestwood Homes development in Old Main Road, Fleet
A special meeting was held on Monday to decide what
action to take on the report, which recommended compensation be made to
the developer for reasons including stress, strain and damage to
The long-running saga into the site started when new
homes were built on a different land level to existing properties, which
prompted enforcement action and a public inquiry.
added: “It seems to me the Ombudsman was thinking somewhat woolily and
was at worst biased in favour of this company and against our council
unfairly in my opinion.”
Coun Bryan Alcock also raised concerns about the “strange” report.
He said: “I find some of the inflammatory way of talking within the report strange.
“I can recognise the style because it’s one I have used from time to time and that’s why I am not an Ombudsman.”
had been warned Nestwood Homes may choose to take action through the
courts but Coun Francis Biggadike urged his fellow councillors not to be
“afraid” if they did not accept the report.
“I believe the Ombudsman’s report was far from factual and not at all impartial,” he said.
Councillors voted in favour of receiving the report but said the council does not intend on paying any compensation.
My comment: Complainants are already aware that most reports by the Local Government Ombudsman are strange, far from factual and not at all impartial but it's interesting that councils are now supporting that view.
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