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Blobbygate report 'fair'
8:20am Thursday 24th April 2003 in North Lancashire news
LANCASTER City Council has drawn a line under the Blobbygate' affair - days before the local election.
It has accepted the conclusions in a report by district auditor Clive Portman into the handling of Crinkley Bottom - and his statement of reasons.
He found that officers had, in parts, behaved unlawfully but their actions had not been "wilful".
The question of whether to accept his findings sparked a lengthy debate at full council yesterday (Wednesday), attracting opposition from some who claimed they could not accept the report without seeing all the evidence submitted during the four-year investigation.
And the auditor's second public interest report' has yet to be published, leading Cllr Shirley Burns to say: "There's no way I could accept this until we receive the final report."
It was a sentiment shared by others.
But Cllr Ian Barker said: "There's no doubt in my mind the district auditor has done a thorough job, that he has taken every piece of evidence he has been presented with."
Cllr Pat Quinton said: "The district auditor has taken four years to come to his conclusions and has taken a lot of evidence. He has had legal advice all along - I don't think his decisions can be questioned."
Finally, 25 councillors voted to accept it without reservation', 15 opposed it and two abstained.