At last, we are able to give you a little bit of News, thanks to the official Minutes of a recent SBC Cabinet meeting!
The person who objected, on behalf of Fight4Whitby, to Scarborough Borough Council’s Annual Accounts is still legally ‘gagged’ by law… BUT at a meeting of SBC’s Cabinet on 12 June 2018 Councillor Cockerill gave the following update:
Agenda Item 11
‘The Portfolio Holder for Major Projects, Councillor Cockerill gave a verbal update to the meeting. Members were advised that the task to clearly identify the classification of certain areas of Borough Council land in and around Whitby Harbour had involved a great deal of work both internal and external, and at not insignificant cost in both time and money. This has turned out to be a very complex matter including the effect on the signing-off of accounts. Councillor Cockerill had hoped that the situation would have been clarified by now but the work was still ongoing. He then related a note from the Council’s independent external auditors, Mazars: ‘In response to the legal view expressed by the complainant’s legal advisor we shared this with the National Audit Office as the legal view from the complainant potentially had wider implications for the audit regime. The National Audit Office have now responded and we are considering the implications of this response and plan to discuss this with officers on Friday 15 June . After that we will consider the need for additional legal advice whilst this is all taking time we are focused on limiting the cost to the Council and ensure the best possible outcome for tax payers.’ Councillor Cockerill had nothing further to add but looked forward to receiving the formal clarification that would allow this matter to be resolved.’
These official Cabinet Minutes can be seen on the SBC website:
We all await the outcome of the Auditor’s meeting with SBC with GREAT interest…
Please spread this News story to all your contacts and urge them to visit www.Fight4Whitby.com for full details of this protracted campaign and how they can contribute to our legal costs. Thank-you.