Resignation of all is the only answer

The sale of the land where Corby's new Tesco was built has been under scrutiny
The sale of the land where Corby's new Tesco was built has been under scrutiny

The report by KPMG, one of the big four accountancy firms appointed in September 2012 as the auditors to Corby Council, has found quite a mess!

It examined in detail three major projects, which were the Kingswood housing development, together with the sale of land to a developer who sold it on to Tesco.

Cllr Tom Beattie, the leader of the Labour-controlled council, has tried to distance himself and his Labour Party council members from this truly shameful and incompetent affair – in that he has failed miserably.

Perhaps the most amazing of all the revelations was the agreement drawn up in the matter of the departure of the former chief executive.

The KPMG report states that “the former chief executive may have caused a loss to the council, and the people of Corby, of between £4.2m and £9.5m.”

These are huge sums which now have to be written off.

Why? The former chief cxecutive had negotiated an agreement with senior members of the council, that unless he breached the severance agreement the council would not take any action against him.

Thus the residents of Corby have kissed goodbye to any chance of recovering any of their lost money.

The amount of work to be done to ensure such things are a thing of the past is huge and to entrust it to these couuncillors is unlikely to produce the results the people of Corby are entitled to expect.

The remedy is clear; resignation followed by elections for the benefit of this troubled borough.

As Cllr Beattie said in his opening remarks to the special council meeting on July 17, “the council’s responsibility is collective”.

That being so, then the resignation of all is expected and nothing less will do.

Fred Parker

Corby and East Northants UKIP chairman

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We are not all in it together

Austerity... are we all in it together?

This is a question I have been asking myself more and more in recent weeks and the more I think about it the more I reach the conclusion that some of are more in it than others.

The Government has made it easier for companies to restructure (downsize) recently, yet those who are made redundant will soon have to wait seven days before they are allowed to sign on.

They may have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, just the greed of shareholders or corporations but they end up paying.

The belief is that it will encourage them to look for work.

The truth is though that these are the people who want to work and should be helped, not penalised.

The next news I recently heard was that the amount of tax paid by the poor is now 36.6 per cent of their earnings whereas the wealthiest pay 35.5 per cent.

I know that pound for pound they pay more, but if you earn £12,000 a year that leaves you with £7,608 to pay everything.

But if you earn £120,000 per year that leaves you with £76,080 a year.

Who would you rather be?

In a recent poll 58 per cent of voters said austerity is the wrong path.

Probably the ones who are losing their jobs or paying more tax.

When you learn that in 2011 the top thousand earners earned £30bn more than what the UK owed, then you must start to question the ethics of this Government.

And I don’t have a political axe to grind, I don’t believe that any other Government would treat these people any differently.

If these people paid tax on their earnings that would help, but they don’t, and the five per cent cut in the higher rate would have brought in over £5bn to start with!

Perhaps it would have been better to make these thousand people pay, after all, most will have made their money in the city – where all this need for austerity started.

Are they in it with us? I very much doubt it.

They will be on a yacht in the Caribbean somewhere watching someone they pay to count their money.

Oh, and it’s not sour grapes.

I earn £40,000 a year and am in a good job but I see society about to fall on its knees very soon.

Mr T O’Grady

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Public should not have confidence

I fail to see why the public should have confidence in Northamptonshire Police to deliver the changes required to protect children at risk when after three inspections by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary it still does not have the systems in place to comply with this most basic of requirements.

Assistant Chief Constable Foster assures the public that he will “take personal responsibility” for monitoring progress.

I want to know who will be taking responsibility for the inadequate situation found in January?

My question is, of course, rhetorical.

Highly paid professionals who should be aware of the systems required to protect children should not require HMIC to facilitate change.

How many vulnerable children suffered because of police procrastination?

I would assume the chief constable is ultimately responsible for operational failure but he appears to regard the matter as trivial and not worthy of his time.

Perhaps he is busy briefing his staff on how to explain why crime, excluding fraud, only fell by four per cent in Northamptonshire, below the national average, and why domestic burglary increased by 27 per cent according to the latest crime statistics, but I am sure he has a plan.

Stephen Black

Barton Seagrave

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Thief has been caught on camera

To the woman who stole my £15 from Morrisons in Corby on Thursday morning, after I forgot to pick it up from the self-service machine, I hope you feel proud of yourself for stealing from a disabled pensioner.

Morrisons has you on tape taking my money from the machine and walking off with it.

Words don’t describe how I feel about you and what a despicable person you are. I feel sick over this mean theft.

Name and address supplied

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Crazy rules will hit caravanners

I am writing regarding the proposed new legislation involving caravans.

The tough, new testing regime for caravans could see UK holidaymakers hit by onerous and stringent laws, thanks again to the European Union.

The EU’s transport committee wants to see all caravans over 750kg subjected to strict MOT testing from 2017 – proposals which are not needed, and are expensive and onerous.

I was a caravanner for quite a few years and our caravan was serviced by the local dealer every year, we had no desire to see it part company somewhere along a German motorway, nor yet be able to use it for some mechanical reason.

We are in the hands here, again, of a bunch of EU bureaucrats who have noticed caravans on the move, decided that they are a hazard and that caravanners are loopy and that their travelling home on wheels needs EU attention.

There is no legislation at this stage. Let’s hope commonsense – although I doubt it.

Derek Clark

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands

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Sarcastic advice for the leaders

Corby Council leaders, when asked tricky questions about millions of pounds over spend on unfinished white elephant buildings, selling land for buttons to multi-national companies or toxic waste cover-ups, why not just give your usual answers, that “lessons have been learned, mistakes were made and systems have been put in place to make sure this never happens again”?

The hard-working taxpayers of Corby are really gullible and will no doubt believe this.

I also have a great idea for the council to get the Cube finished without it costing more money.

Why not write to Channel 5 Cowboy Builders and explain that you handed over millions of pounds for an unfinished leaking building and the contractors are refusing to come back.

Dom and Melinda could then go to local builders merchants and local trades people who could offer their services for free.

Then Dom could expose those responsible and shame them on national television.

Rob Gilgannon

Weldon

Concerns over foreign drivers

I get very concerned with the influx of drivers from the continent who do not require road tax and may not have insurance for a year in this country before they have to register the vehicle in the UK.

Which means we are all at risk of an accident with a car that may not be insured and that we will have to pay the consequences, which is not right.

I believe our MPs should look at changing the law to protect us and the police should make more stops and checks.

Ray Lilley

Corby

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Boundary ride was a big success

I would like to thank everyone who came to Geddington to join in The Mayor’s Boundary Bashing Bike Ride.

The inspiration for this ride was to recreate the idea of beating the boundaries of one’s property to check all was well.

And so, the 47-mile route was planned to cycle on roads as close to the borough of Kettering as possible.

The riders were treated to beautiful scenery on a gorgeous summer’s day.

Just over £300 was raised for my mayoral charities.

I’m hopeful the deputy mayor, who took part in the ride and is as mad about cycling as I am, might repeat the event next year!

Keli Watts

Mayor of Kettering