Dear Thanet District Council,
On 02 February 2015 at the Transport Select Committee meeting on Smaller airports and the closure of Manston, Karen Lumley MP asked "How much would you estimate that it has cost the taxpayers of Thanet so far in the extra advice you have received?"
Councillor Johnston replied "We commissioned a report from Falcon, who are a reputable company. I think it was £26,000." Madeline Homer confirmed "The total cost that Thanet district council has spent on seeking advice on this matter is £26,000."
Later in the same meeting Martin Vickers MP opined "You don’t get a lot of legal advice for £26,000."
In their Final Report on this matter, the Transport Select Committee stated that "TDC told us that it spent £26,000 on legal advice in relation to the proposed CPO. That sum was unlikely to provide TDC with adequate advice in relation to indemnification by a US company or to allow it to understand RiverOak's business plan and operating model."
At the TDC Council Meeting on 3rd December 2015, in answer to a question from a Thanet resident, Council Leader Chris Wells answered;
Regarding TDC Legal Fees re the CPO :
£3,180 was paid out under Leader Iris Johnston, to December 2014; and
£8,151 under Leader Chris Wells, plus small additional amount to come, to date.
There is some discrepancy here between the figure provided by TWO senior Council representatives to the Transport Select Committee and the figures quoted by Councillor Wells at the full Council meeting on 3rd December 2015. Therefore;
1) Please provide the full cost to TDC of the Falcon Report
2) Please provide a breakdown (ie to whom the money was paid and how much) of all legal costs incurred by TDC in seeking legal advice regarding the proposed CPO of Manston Airport as follows;
a) between the 1st April 2014 and the Cabinet decision of 11th December 2014
b) between the 12th December 2014 and the 9th May 2015
c) between the 10th May 2015 and the present date.
Subject:Legal Costs - Indemnity Partnership With Riveroak
Dear Mr McCulloch
Thank you for your correspondence of 05/12/2015 requesting information
about legal costs of the indemnity partnership with Riveroak.
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Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.
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Ref No: 84081/3173168
Subject: Legal Costs - Indemnity Partnership With Riveroak
Dear Mr McCulloch
Thank you for your communication received on 05/12/2015 where you
requested information about legal and other costs relating to a manston
The information you requested is enclosed.
1. The full cost of the Falcon report was £13,500 a further £1099.75 was
paid to Falcon for them to meet with Sir Roger Gale MP.
2. (a) Between 1/4/14 and 11/12/14 - £2160 was paid to Guy Williams,
Barrister and £1656 was paid to Ewan West, Barrister.
2. (b) Between the 12/12/14 and the 9/5/15 no legal costs were paid.
2. (c) Between the the 10/5/15 and the present date - £2460 was paid to
Guy Williams, Barrister and £10306.80 was paid to Sharpe Pritchard,
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