The London Borough of Sutton Standards Committee met this evening to decide on whether to call for an enquiry into allegations which have recently been headline news over our local press regarding the Beddington Farmlands incinerator.
Un-surprisingly the Liberal Democrats had the majority on the committee (4 Lib Dems to 1 Conservative) so also unsurprisingly decided not to investigate claims against their own Party for matters such as undeclared interests (Councillor John Drage, part of the committee that awarded the contract to Viridor allegedly did not disclose interest for two years that he was personal friends with the CEO of Viridor Colin Drummond or also that his wife was the godmother of Colin Drummond's son), coercion of councillors (Councillor Stephen Fenwick has produced a sworn testament that he was coerced into voting for the incinerator) and alleged corruption (the £275,000 that went from Viridor to John Drage's church). Two whistle blower councillors who have recently been suspended from the Lib Dems, Nick Mattey and Stephen Fenwick were both there this evening calling for the enquiry.
Alas it was not to be, as this really would be a case of turkeys voting for Xmas. It was also interesting that the committee lacked the most basic knowledge of this case, claiming that there were two Judicial Reviews and also that it went to Appeal as a justification of not allowing a further enquiry. There has only been a Judicial Review which did not include the recently emerged matters of councillor non-disclosure of interests, coercion and corruption.