Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Council broadens probe into Andrea Hill

06:00 04 June 2011

Suffolk County Council has moved to extend the probe into chief executive Andrea Hill

Suffolk County Council has moved to extend the probe into chief executive Andrea Hill

Archant

A DISCIPLINARY panel has broadened the scope of its probe into the conduct of controversial council boss Andrea Hill.

shares

Suffolk County Council’s dismissals appeals committee met to discuss an “anonymous whistle-blowing complaint” against the chief executive.

But instead of ruling on whether Mrs Hill had a case to answer it made a surprise move by asking for her expense claims to be studied in greater depth.

It was prompted by a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the EADT that revealed Mrs Hill stayed at two of Suffolk’s most upmarket hotels at taxpayers’ expense.

The county council last year spent £170 on two stays for Mrs Hill at Milsom’s Kesgrave Hall and £120 for a night at Brudenell in Aldeburgh. The chief executive’s hotel bills came to £1,784.72 in 2010/11, including three nights at a £205-a-night hotel in Sandbanks during a Bournemouth conference, while her colleagues stayed at more modest £85-a-night accommodation. The expenses for Mrs Hill’s Sandbanks stay was signed off by then monitoring officer Eric Whitfield, who quit the council suddenly in March.

The committee will hear a report into Mrs Hill’s expenses at its next meeting on June 24, plunging the county council into a further bout of uncertainty. Mrs Hill has been on extended leave since Easter and this latest twist will see her spend at least a further three weeks away from Endeavour House.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “The dismissals appeals committee today received a preliminary report into whistle-blowing allegations made against Andrea Hill.

“The committee was able to resolve some of the allegations however it felt that a number required further investigation.

“In addition as a result of FOI requests into expense claims by Andrea Hill the committee has asked the investigation team to review those claims.

“The findings of the team will be reported to the committee at their next meeting on June 24.

“Andrea Hill will remain on extended leave by mutual consent until that date.

“Suffolk County Council is anxious that all investigations are completed and resolved as soon as possible in the interests of all those involved.”

Opposition leader Kathy Pollard said: “Obviously the public want a resolution to this but the council is going to have to go through all the procedures and make sure it dots all the Is and crosses all the Ts. People are going to have to be patient.

“But the council has to do this properly otherwise it will cost them an awful lot more money.

“I don’t think it [extending the scope of the investigation] has muddied the waters, it’s another line of inquiry that the council is pursuing. It’s right to do that.”

shares

4 comments

  • Essentially the County Council is investigating itself as Hill's stays in so-called "swanky hotels" and other expenses were authorised by whoever signs off her expense claims. It's a bit like bolting the stable door after the horse has had its nose in the trough. What this really says is that the Council couldn't be trusted to organise a party at a brewery!

    Report this comment

    martha farquhar

    Saturday, June 4, 2011

  • JOHN BURLS

    Saturday, June 4, 2011

  • Just two more years left of this pantomime and then the public get to have their say at the ballot box.

    Report this comment

    Origami Penguin

    Saturday, June 4, 2011

  • Another classic headline!

    Report this comment

    martha farquhar

    Saturday, June 4, 2011

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

A large farming trailer carrying potatoes has overturned on the B1102 between Freckenham and Worlington.

The B1102 in Freckenham is blocked after a trailer load of potatoes overturned.

The opening of the new petanque bowls piste at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew - Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Phillip Dunnett with parish clerk and member of the centre committee Debbi Tayler

More than 30 people turned out for the opening of a boules rink at The Riverside Centre on Saturday.

Traffic chaos caused by flooding on the A143 near Bury St Edmunds.

The final summer bank holiday of the year was a wash out, causing traffic chaos in parts of Suffolk, with roads flooding and cars getting stuck.

Photo caption: (L-R) Courtney Culf, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, Cllr Ray Herring, Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Cllr Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Coastal Management and Peter Lanceley, Operations Manager at Suffolk Coastal Norse.

Extra play equipment costing £150,000 has been unveiled to give youngsters a late summer boost.

1940s-themed Lavenham Carnival.

Stiff upper lips and raincoats helped a west Suffolk village brave the elements and celebrate their 1940s-themed carnival yesterday.

Police were called to the crash

Eight motorists have been injured after a five-vehicle crash involving a tractor in Stoke Ash.

Some of the dvds seized in the Southwold raid by Suffolk trading standards officers

A Suffolk Trading Standards inquiry into an alleged pirate DVD network, which made around £700,000, has led to the arrests of five people in three counties.

Sharon Buckler and Sue Ayres, deputy mayor of Sudbury, in the newly-restored auditorium in the Quay Theatre.

The unveiling of the newly restored Quay Theatre auditorium in Sudbury has been declared a day the volunteer who made it all possible would have been proud of.

Nikos Savvas and Alan Whittaker of West Suffolk College and One sixth form

Two of the biggest education providers in Suffolk are today joining forces to create an academy trust which is designed to raise standards in the county.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages