The first reference in the signed letter to Mr Harding, Head of Legal Services, 19th July 2019 pointed to a deleted post and it has now been reinstated to point correctly to a copy of the letter to him of April 9th 2019 which he did not even acknowledge. As it was not registered, this is the nearest thing I can do to prove of its existence. He no longer works for the Council.
A safer copy of the attached letter of the 19th July can be viewed in copy of the the email below.
South Tyneside Council and the Local Government Ombudsman.
Date: 19/06/2019 (21:08:05 BST)
To: Mike Harding
Andrew Tilbury (Solicitor, Peter Dunn & Co)
Alison Hoy (Customer Advocates)
Gill Hayton (Solicitor STC)
Cllr Angela Hamilton, Cllr David Francis, Cllr Anglin,
MP Emma Lewell-Buck, MP Stephen Hepburn
Chair TGA – Graeme Watson
STC – George Mansbridge, Peter Cunningham, Garry Simmonette
Dear Mr Harding and Everybody,
Please see attached signed letter. It should be self explanatory. I knew from complaining about 71 Greens Place that the Council were misusing their complaints procedure and using the Ombudsman as a hidden fourth stage of it to hide malpractice, bad planning decisions etc. and it was clear from the start that that they were going to do the same thing with UK Docks shed.
If the Planning Officer who measured the shed had any evidence to support his view that the shed was approved we would have seen it long before we even considered resurrecting the Tyne Gateway Assn and certainly before the charade of the Town Hall meeting in November 2013.
It should of dawned on me before Alison’s email of 9-Dec-15 that they would use the Ombudsman’s findings to misinform other Residents, Councillors, MPs, Newspapers etc. but there you go, one does not expect people to lie to the Ombudsman.