The Deputy Chief Executive (John Lawson), The Director of Finance (Paul Wilkinson) and Director of Regeneration and Development (Derek Rowell), have been ‘suspended pending further investigation.’
The suspensions following the publication of an independent report examining the process of awarding a £13m contract to High Point Rendel for work carried out on the Undercliff Drive between Ventnor and Niton. It was penned by a senior officer at Southampton City Council after being commissioned in November 2006.
It is understood that despite independent legal advice being given two years ago on the subject, the report claims that ‘some council officers” didn’t act on this advice, despite some officers knowing about the ‘questionable’ situation at least two years ago.
Joe Duckworth, the new chief executive of Isle of Wight Council, will, on Wednesday, be recommending the setting up of a cross-party investigatory and disciplinary committee, reports the County Press.
The report states that:
previous administration acted either in ignorance or disregard of rules and regulations in relation to its procurement of consultancy services. Its appointment of High Point Rendel was also unlawful.
We might’ve mocked it in the past, but it appears that whilst he was distracting the press with his cheesy thinking cap idea, Joe Duckworth has been very busy thinking about how to deal with the administration that he’s inherited.BlipTV]