Which Developers Work 'Hand in Glove' with Northumberland County Councillors

Ian Hudspeth made this Freedom of Information request to Northumberland County Council

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

In the recently released Conservative Manifesto for Northumberland 2017, published in the name of Councillor Peter Jackson, Leader of the Conservative Group, It states that the large developers are working 'Hand in Glove' with the Labour County Council.
Can you furnish me with any evidence that the Labour Group on the County Council have met with developers and are 'working hand in glove' with other than the Councils Company ARCH.
Can you also furnish me with any known meetings between Northumberland Conservative Group members and developers other than the Councils Company ARCH including meetings in which Conservative Members 'work hand in glove', hold shares, advise or are directors of Developers, Contractors and Companies as per their declarations of interest.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Hudspeth

Northumberland County Council

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Northumberland County Council
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Northumberland
NE61 2EF

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Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to developers
working 'hand in glove' with Northumberland County Councillors.

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The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions. 

In the recently released Conservative Manifesto for Northumberland 2017,
published in the name of Councillor Peter Jackson, Leader of the
Conservative Group, It states that the large developers are working 'Hand
in Glove' with the Labour County Council.

Can you furnish me with any evidence that the Labour Group on the County
Council have met with developers and are 'working hand in glove' with
other than the Councils Company ARCH.

Can you also furnish me with any known meetings between Northumberland
Conservative Group members and developers other than the Councils Company
ARCH including meetings in which Conservative Members 'work hand in
glove', hold shares, advise or are directors of Developers, Contractors
and Companies as per their declarations of interest.

Democratic Services have no evidence to suggest that any of our
councillors act with anything less than the highest probity when dealing
with developers. Declarations of Interest are the responsibility of
individual members and are available for inspection on the County Council
website.

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
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NE61 2EF 

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Yours sincerely 

FOI Coordinator - Corporate Resources
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
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