A council chief admits taxpayers’ money has been wasted trying to get a man to pull down his house.Does that name sound familiar? Why, yes, of course it does…
After a Freedom of Information request by the Gazette, Tendring Council has admitted it spent £14,000 on legal fees in its latest case against Zippy Moonflower, of Wix, at Chelmsford Crown Court.
And Mr Halliday’s excuse? Well, it’s pretty much ‘Big boys did it and ran away!’:
Mr Halliday said he was not made aware of the cost before the court case took place as he only “signed off” on overall budgets.And what are you doing about it? Who has lost their job? Has anyone been disciplined? Sent for retraining?
“I don’t get that level of detail and only see the overall budget,” he said.
“There wasn’t the need for extra money for the court case in the current budget, so it didn’t come to me.
“It was a decision taken by others and it’s not a decision I was aware of, which is a worry in itself for me.”
“I haven’t made any decision on spending more money on the process and it wouldn’t be right to comment further on something that’s ongoing,” said Mr Halliday.What should..?
“But I’m very much of the opinion it should be done speedily.”