Mid January 2020 marked a sea-change when corruption  spread from the Town Hall to the Office of the MP on Westoe Rd.  The cycle of events has therefore moved away from the Council-UK Docks to the question of whether the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) was misled.
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Important posts will still be made in The Harbour View and both streams will be used to deal with the two related questions until they are answered. They were first posed in short paper to the Member of Parliament for South Shields in October 2019.

  • why are the Council still pretending that they have not misled the Ombudsman;
  • why did UK Docks tell the MP and a concerned Councillor  that they had been given permission when they had not;

What you see below is a continuation of Evasions and Denials.  The events of the last six month bear such a similarity to the events of the previous six years that it appears that someone is using it as a model to destroy the ‘Office of the MP for South Shields’. 
It appears that South Tyneside Council (STC) are using what is seen as a  foolproof system of by-passing the normal planning regulations and lying to the Ombudsman to favour pet projects such as 71 Greens Place and UK Docks Shed.
Judging by the interest shown in some of the posts it looks like other bodies are using the ‘The Harbour View Model’ to see how to corrupt any complaints process.
Nearer to home, a variation of the model is being used against the whistle-blower himself by parliamentary officials and they rely on the same deceit:- That STC did NOT mislead the LGO.

History repeats itself.

  Date Time Mail Type Notes
  08/01/20   Email from
Request for Home Phone Number
Returned Call 13/01/20 15:00:00 A ‘set up’ with a sting in the tail – Mr Buck was set up as well.
13/01/20 22:30 Note 25 minute delay i.e. rejected by human intervention (Mr B or Mr P?)
along with the attachment; 8DDL.pdf
14/01/20 07:37 Automatically dropped along with the attachment; toELB20Oct16.pdf
From SB 14/01/20 14:37 Misrepresentation of Phone Call (1)
Mr Buck requested my phone number to give to his colleague Mr Palmer, who rang from the MP’s office a few days later, and one would assume he was working in the MP’s interest but the returned call and subsequent actions showed this not to be true – initially by my emails to the MP being censored and/ or deleted manually but that stopped for some reason.
Two auto replies were the first indication that things were awry, the 25 minute delay while my complaint to Emma was rerouted and the response by Simon Buck on the 15th January bore all the hallmarks of the way the Council handle complaints
To SB 15/01/20

Please note:
1) There was no response to any of these emails;
and more significantly there were no rejections.
They show and gave as evidence , the files and drawings attached:
i) the ‘shed’ is 3m taller than approved;
ii) the Council had misinformed the Ombudsman.

Copied to KP, Cllrs AH and DF, Hayley Johnson and CA
To NR 15/01/20 MPs ELB and SH, Cllrs AH and DF, Hayley Johnson, Gill Hayton Mike Harding, CA and local Residents.
ToSB&KP 16/01/20 Copied to, Cllrs AH, DF and JA, Hayley Johnson and CA
To Melanie 17/01/20 To Melanie: copied to SB, KP, NR and circulated
To KP 23/01/20

Copied to MP, Cllrs, SB, PC and HJ
 List of references.

Getting nowhere but at least I was connecting with the MP for South Shields again so tried a more conciliatory approach but was still met with a wall of silence.

To SB 24/01/20 Thank you, copied to KP and AH.



Copy ELB, KP, SB, Cllrs, PC, CA and Melanie.
Remains unanswered apart from saying that the Head of Legal Services had left the Council.
Forwarded emails reproduced as a reference file.

This was the state of affairs at the end of January and I was minded of a great quote: “Try to find something better to do than to try and teach a pig to sing as it only wastes your time and annoys the pig.” Recovered drawings and documents from Peter Dunn co. with vague plan of giving them to the local news channels, TV or Press. I knew that the once renowned Shields Gazette would not take it up so tried the Journal/Chronicle but had not heard anything in over two weeks,  reviewed things and upped the ante and bang:- automatic blocking reloaded .

Planning Issues in South Shields