FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

Bollan asks to see police and auditor’s report on corruption allegations

Councillor Jim Bollan and copies of the motion he will put before West Dunbartonshire Council.

By Bill Heaney

There will be no love lost when West Dunbartonshire Council meets on St Valentine’s Day.

The Community Party are determined to submit a motion alleging fraud and corruption by senior council officers.

Cllr Jim Bollan, the longest serving councillor and his party’s only member of the 22-person public body, has asked for two motions to be included on the agenda for the meeting which will take place in Clydebank Town Hall on February 14.

black george.jpg 2The motion relates to a matter raised by George Black, pictured right, when he was an Independent councillor before the last election when he was not re-elected.

Mr Black said at the time that he had been contacted by a whistleblower with allegations that proper procedures had not been followed in the awarding of at least one council contract.

Cllr Bollan’s motion asks: “Council agrees to provide a suitably redacted full copy to any councillor requesting one of the joint Police/Internal Audit report into allegations of contract fraud and corruption by senior council officers.

“If agreed, the full suitably redacted report should be made available within seven days of today’s meeting.”

The second part of Cllr Bollan’s motion states: “Council agrees that no officer implicated in the joint Police/Internal Audit report into the allegations of fraud and corruption by senior council officers are allowed to leave the Council’s employment voluntarily with any type of conditions-linked until the report has been investigated by Audit Scotland or a similar external body.”

A Community Party spokesperson said: “There is a clear requirement for transparency and accountability in this process and we call on all councillors to support these motions in order that we can seek to achieve that. This cannot be allowed to remain covered up for any longer.”

The SNP controlled West Dunbartonshire Council refused to comment to The Democrat.

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