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Full inquiry into Camborne town council handyman workshop purchase decision

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 24, 2013

  • Units at the Barncoose industrial estate, Redruth, where the workshop is sited.

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A VOCAL figure in Camborne Town Council has called for a full inquiry into the decision to buy a £250,000 handyman workshop in Redruth.

The authority passed a motion by a majority vote to put in an offer for a unit at Barncoose Industrial Estate following the full meeting of the town council last week.

The matter to approve a recommendation to buy a 3,500sq ft storage unit was resolved behind closed doors on Thursday night due to commercial sensitivities.

Camborne Mayor Mike Champion has defended the move, saying: "The decision we made may not be what some members of the public wanted but it is the right decision for the town and the most cost- effective option.

"The decision will save the taxpayer money but the legal advice I have received is that I can't say what the decision is because there could be consequences on negotiations we might be having with other people. The information could have commercial implications but I believe we made the right decision."

Last week a number of past and present councillors criticised the town council for discussing the matter behind closed doors.

Former mayor Jean Charman, former Cornwall and Camborne councillor Dave Biggs and current town councillor Jude Robinson said the matter should have been debated in an open and transparent manner.

Mrs Charman said following the meeting: "They passed the proposal and I think that's disgraceful because people of Camborne do not know anything about it.

"I think this is wrong, they have done it secretly and in my opinion they cannot be held accountable for their actions."

Three Camborne town councillors – Adam Crickett, Mrs Robinson and Val Dalley – voted against the recommendation.

They said they were in favour of a short-term lease, which would have allowed the council to pursue a purchase with scrutiny from the public and transparency.

Mr Crickett said: "Because of this, I will be moving a motion for a full inquiry at the next meeting."

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  • Big_Ger  |  June 24 2013, 10:33AM

    Town councils and mayors are there to serve the public, making decisions behind closed doors is not good politics.

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