Audit Commission report on Corby Council handed in to police

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An Audit Commission report on Corby Council has been handed to police by the Conservative group on the authority.

The report criticised the council for its handling of four major regeneration projects including Corby Cube, the sale of land for the new Tesco store at St James Industrial Estate, a housing development on the Kingswood estate and improvements to Rockingham Triangle.

The Conservative group’s leader and deputy leader, Cllr David Sims and Cllr Rob McKellar, attended Corby Police Station on Friday (July 26) when they handed the report over.

Group spokesman for legal affairs Cllr McKellar, who is also a barrister, said “We have turned the report over to the police because, in our view, some of its findings are suspicious.

“It is not for us to cast aspersions about individuals and nor is it for us to comment about the possible outcome. The report is now in the hands of the police to decide whether they feel it would be appropriate to investigate further.”

Cllr Sims said “As the official opposition, the Conservative group has a duty to ensure that the best interests of the public are served. We have had discussions and collectively decided that this is the appropriate course of action.”

Corby Council took independent legal advice on some of the findings of the report by auditors KPMG, including the possibility that a criminal offence may have been committed in relation to the St James land sale.

The authority decided that no legal action would be taken at this stage but that the matter would be kept under review.

Leader of the borough council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “The council will, of course, co-operate fully with any police investigation, as we did with the KPMG investigation itself.

“While it is open to any elected member or member of the public to refer the report to the police our external independent legal advice was that any criminal investigation was unlikely to succeed, however this is something that we are keeping under review.”