New Row Flares at Troubled Council; ANGLESEY: Finance Director Alleges Misconduct over Housing-Grants Policy
A LOCAL authority slated by the district auditor four years ago is still suffering internal tensions, with a senior officer now accusing a councillor of misconduct.
Auditor Ceri Stradling was highly critical of Isle of Anglesey County Council in April 1998 after an investigation uncovered a bitter relationship between staff and some councillors.
Among his many criticisms was that correct procedures had not always been followed when council work was put out to tender.
Now Anglesey's finance director, David Elis-Williams, is accusing independent councillor Hefin Thomas of failing to declare an interest when policy on housing repairs was discussed.
The standards committee, a watchdog set up to keep tabs on councillors in the wake of the auditor's report, is due to decide on Monday whether to proceed with a full hearing on the matter. Mr Elis-Williams said that Mr Thomas, a building contractor, had submitted tenders in October and November 2000 for work which would be paid for by the council under its housing-grants policy.
On November 23, 2000, Mr Thomas, councillor for Pentraeth, did not declare an interest when he took part in a council meeting which discussed the grants policy, Mr Elis-Williams alleged. …