William Thackeray

Dear East Grinstead Town Council,

This is an information request under the FOI Act.

I refer to Chris Rolley's letter to me dated 26 March 2009, in response to a previous FOI request, which said:

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Dear Mr Thackeray,

Reference your request details below I apologise for delay in response but this information was not immediately to hand and staff resources are limited.

CoS Donations
2003/2004 - £10,000 to Town Mayor's Charity Fund (Cllr Mrs Heasman)
2004/2005 - £10,000 to Town Mayor's Charity Fund (Cllr Mrs Mainstone)
2005/2006 - Nil (Cllr Gillbard)
2006/2007 - Nil (Cllr Joyce-Nelson)
2007/2008 - £346.75 to Town Mayor's Fund (Cllr Dixon)
2008/2009 - Nil (Cllr Mrs Waddingham)

No gifts recorded for any year.

Hospitality/Events Attended
We have not attempted to analyse which may or may not meet your criteria but feel it best to provide all information for you to do this. You can read a comprehensive schedule of all attendances by all Mayors since summer 2003 on the Council minutes page of our website http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/meetings...

Yours Sincerely

CJ Rolley, Town Clerk
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Full details of that previous FOI request can be found at:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sc...

My question is: Could you please provide specific information about Scientology gifts and hospitality accepted by mayors and councillors? The link you previously provided leads to the minutes and agenda of all town council meetings since 2003.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

William Thackeray

Dear East Grinstead Town Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of East Grinstead Town Council's handling of my FOI request 'Scientology hositality'.

My reason for requesting an internal review is:
No response received.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sc...

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Chris Rolley, East Grinstead Town Council

Dear Mr Thackeray,
I have your note of 10 March but no record of the previous communication dated February.
In my original response last year I advised where a comprehensive list of Mayor's and Deputy Mayor's attendances could be traced in the minutes - over 200 attendances per year and each recorded transparently. It seemed to me that either I could spend many hours of council taxpayers time perusing them to establish whether any of these were to Scientology based organizations or you could. I have no other master record available to me. It seemed more sensible to let you do that as you know what you're looking for. Anyway that's as may be and I've scanned the list and also accessed the interests book for other councillors. The comprehensive list available to us, and which we have information on, is as follows - Town Mayors first followed by all other councilors. There were no attendances in the official capacity of Deputy Town Mayor during the period. There were no records of any personal gifts other than attendances for anybody.
Regards, Chris Rolley

For Town Mayors
2004/2005 Councillor Mrs Mainstone -
- attended Premiere of Collateral at the IOdeon Leicester Square (2/9/04)
- attended Gala Dinner and Charity Concert at Saint Hill Manor (29&30/10/04)
2005/2006 Councillor Gillbard - nil
2006/2007 Councillor Joyce Nelson - nil
2007/2008 Councillor Dixon
- attended production of Twelfth Night at Saint Hill Manor
- attended Charity Concern at Saint Hill Manor (28/10/07)
- Classical Concert at Saint Hill Manor (6/4/08)
2008/2009 Councillor Mrs Waddingham - nil
2009/2010 Councillor Marmara - nil

For Town Councillors
2005
Councillor Lord - attended Commission on Human Rights Banquet at Saint Hill Manor (29/4)
Councillors Heasman, Mrs Heasman and Lord -attended Gala Dinner at Saint Hill Manor (29/10)

2006
Councillor Starmer attended Mission Impossible 3 premier at the Odeon Leicester Square (25/4)
Councillor Lord - attended Commission on Human Rights Banquet at Saint Hill Manor (22/4)
Councillors Lord and Mrs Mainstone - attended Gala Dinner and Charity Concert at Saint Hill Manor (21&22/10)
Councillors Heasman and Starmer attended Gala Dinner at Saint Hill Manor (21/10)

2007
Councillor Lord attended Human Rights Dinner and Charity Concert at Saint Hill Manor (21/4)
Councillors Mr and Mrs Mainstone attended Gala Dinner and Charity Concert at Saint Hill Manor (27&28/10)
Councillor Musk attended Gala Dinner at Saint Hill Manor (27/10)
Councillor Mrs Brunsdon attended Charity Concert at Saint Hill Manor (28/10)

2008
Councillors Mr and Mrs Mainstone attended Gala Dinner and Concert at Saint Hill Manor (25&26/10)
Councillor Barnett attended Charity Concert at Saint Hill Manor (26/10)

2009
No interests recorded

2010
No interests recorded to date

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