What action has been taken following Crown Court Judge's criticsim of Stockport Council?

Sheila Oliver made this Freedom of Information request to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

Re:

http://www.stockportexpress.co.uk/news/s...

And

http://www.stockportexpress.co.uk/news/s...

Following Judge Bernard Lever's critical comments about Stockport Council following the aquittal of the town hall protester, "This incident is a side show compared to what he is really concerned with and what causes him to come every day to the town hall. It may be when you think of the public money expended on this case somebody would do well to put their thinking cap on to see if there is a way this could be resolved. I think this whole issue has really blown out of all proportion. I would be very nice if somebody could take a look at it for him."

I am not asking for any information which would breach data protection issues. I merely want to know whether Councillor Mark Weldon, Executive Councillor for the Children and Young People's Directorate, Andrew Webb, Director of Children and Young People's Directorate, or Barry Khan, Council Solicitor have taken any steps (I don't at this moment need to know what they are) to rectify the failings of Stockport Council pointed out by Judge Bernard Lever on 14th and 15th January 2010 at the town hall protester's two day Crown Court trial.

Fortunately, I note the Crown Prosecution Service has now dropped the further charges against him which were to be heard at two jury trials in February - one of the crimes alleged against him was that of using the town hall lavatory.

Across the board it is very, very unsettling what is going on at the higher echelons of Stockport Council.

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Oliver
Freedom Of Information, Environmental and Human Rights Campaigner

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

     Dear Stockport Borough Council,

    

     Re:

    

    
http://www.stockportexpress.co.uk/news/s...

    

     And

    

    
http://www.stockportexpress.co.uk/news/s...

    

     Following Judge Bernard Lever's critical comments about Stockport

     Council following the aquittal of the town hall protester, "This

     incident is a side show compared to what he is really concerned

     with and what causes him to come every day to the town hall. It
may

     be when you think of the public money expended on this case

     somebody would do well to put their thinking cap on to see if
there

     is a way this could be resolved. I think this whole issue has

     really blown out of all proportion. I would be very nice if

     somebody could take a look at it for him."

    

     I am not asking for any information which would breach data

     protection issues. I merely want to know whether Councillor Mark

     Weldon, Executive Councillor for the Children and Young People's

     Directorate, Andrew Webb, Director of Children and Young People's

     Directorate, or Barry Khan, Council Solicitor have taken any
steps

     (I don't at this moment need to know what they are) to rectify
the

     failings of Stockport Council pointed out by Judge Bernard Lever
on

     14th and 15th January 2010 at the town hall protester's two day

     Crown Court trial.

    

     Fortunately, I note the Crown Prosecution Service has now dropped

     the further charges against him which were to be heard at two
jury

     trials in February - one of the crimes alleged against him was
that

     of using the town hall lavatory.

    

     Across the board it is very, very unsettling what is going on at

     the higher echelons of Stockport Council.

    

     Yours faithfully,

    

     Sheila Oliver

     Freedom Of Information, Environmental and Human Rights Campaigner

    

    

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 2630).

In the paragraph you quote the judge does not identify specific `failings
of Stockport Council'; therefore there is nothing to rectify.

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Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear FOI Officer,

If you say so, Ms Naven, if you say so.

Circumlocutary perfection!

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

Charlotte Peters Rock left an annotation ()

Perhaps a copy of this correspondence needs to go to the Judge concerned, with the request that he elaborates?

Are Stockport Local Taxpayers really paying for Ms Naven to do this, or do Town Hall employees and Councillors get together to sub her from their own pockets?

Sheila Oliver (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

I have it on very good authority, the late and wonderful Mike Wacker, that Ms Naven is a very nice person, which I tried to tell her once. As with the security guards at the town hall protester's trial, the generals in charge at Stockpport Council cause all the problems then leave the footsoldiers to take the rap for them. Fortunately, the Crown Court judge was fully aware where the blame lay and made his feelings crystal clear.

I don't blame Ms Naven for anything that is going on in Stockport.

alan m dransfield (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Shiela

Usually, when a Public Authority or Reputable Company does something wrong, they will go to GREAT lengths to put the matter right and to ensure it doesn't happen again as a LESSONS LEARNED. Unfortunately, the SBC and the DCC do not recognize this ethos.

Therefore,if security,transparency and accountability measures are NOT seen to be working ,it is because they AINT WORKING.

Charlotte Peters Rock left an annotation ()

Can children/families who might have suffered from the actions of Councillors/Employees at Stockport sue the pants off the individuals concerned, who have

1. denied them their legal right of access to records,

2. denied them their legal right to accurate records,

3. denied them their legal right to having inaccurate records put right,

4. denied them their legal right to records which do not have large 'retracted' (that means covered up/hidden)parts, where it seems 'professionals' might just have misrepresented the fact (assuming they might know what a fact was),

5. denied them their legal right to fair and honest dealings especially in respect of children and families.

Or do they just have to claim back the large personal debts through Small Claims Court against those individuals?

After all, there is a set down remit for every job at the Council, isn't there?

Where 'professionals' refuse to abide by that job remit, surely there should be some redress?

Perhaps a Class Action would be best?

It could be taken out personally, against the lowliest person who had acted unlawfully: who could then refer it up; and up; and up; and across to where the most senior person had fled to - for better money and to clean his tracks - taking in several other councils along the way, who might need to be informed of such a legal Class Action?

I wonder if that would be a possibility?

Perhaps Ms Naven might consider putting herself forward to start the ball rolling?

I think she would be in a fine position to be the leader of such a Class Action. She must know a lot.

Over to you, Ms Naven.

Sheila Oliver (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Mrs Peters-Rock

I was at the council meeting where the Executive councillors voted for financial immunity for themselves, and that went through on the nod, I can tell you!

The Council's insurers don't have to cover illegal or reckless behaviour, so I assume the relevant panjandrums would themselves be financially liable in certain circumstances.

Of course, I am just a typist and not a lawyer.

Kind regards
Sheila