PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL FINALLY REVEALS DETAILS OF “MEMBERS’ INTERESTS”

Following the elections on May 4th, it’s taken a quite a while for Penarth Town Council to publish the register of its members’ interests. Now, at long last , some are on line.

Some two months after the deadline, Penarth Town Council has finally published – as it is legally obliged to do – the details of its members’ interests

The information given is much more comprehensive than that which was made public when the  respective councillors were standing for election in May  – but it still falls a long way short of being a comprehensive dossier on all the Penarth town councillors.    

Each councillor is required to answer a series of 14 questions about  employment, business interests, land and property ownership, and their membership of political parties and organisations in the council’s area .

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) is Leader of the Penarth Town Council

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) Leader of the Council  answered only one of the first 9 questions  about business/property interests . Asked to declare  bodies to which he had been appointed or nominated by the council “as its representative”, Cllr Cuddy declared he is a trustee of PACL (Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd leaseholders of Penarth Pier Pavilion).

[ PDN Note :The chairman of PACL – Professor Tony Hazell – expressly disputes the assertion that any councillor can sit on the board of PACL as a trustee to “represent the council” and that it is not within the power of Penarth Town Council (or of the Vale of Glamorgan Council) to appoint councillors as trustees or directors of the company.]

Councillor Cuddy also says he is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Standards Committee – subject to appointment and also sits on the board of “Cadarn / Newydd RSL [ i.e. Registered Social Landlords Share Member” and the “Dewi Prys Thomas Trust ” .

[PDN Note: The Dewi Prys Thomas Trust is an architectural award scheme – the most recent winner of which was the distinguished Penarth architect Chris Loyn – who has designed the controversial Northcliff Lodge 30-apartment development]  

Cllr Cuddy – although he stood as a Labour councillor – does not give an answer to the question about his  membership of any “body whose principle purposes includes the influence  of public opinion or policy” – although normally this is the point in the form where councillors DO declare their membership of a political party.

As far as trade union & professional association membership is concerned, Cllr Cuddy says he is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is a retired member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Cllr Cuddy does not respond to the final question on the form (regarding his membership of any  “private club, society or association” in the area). His form  is (wrongly) dated “19/8/2017” and was submitted two months after the legal deadline.

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) states that he is not employed, does not have a business or any business interests, is not a company director, has not received expenses from anyone and has no contract with the council. He has only a beneficial interest in the land of his home address in Penarth and states he is chairman of the Lower Penarth Community Association.

Cllr Turner states that he does not belong to any  “body whose principle purposes include the influence of public opinion or policy”  .  This declaration would appear to suggest he is not a member of a political party – notwithstanding the fact that he is the chairman of the Penarth Branch of the Conservative Party.

Cllr Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Nigel Humphrey  (Labour St Augustines) declares he is the principal of MAS Architectural Design and is also Principal and Joint Owner of “Ty Cwch”.

He also notes that apart from his home he has a “beneficial interest”  in the form of an  allotment on the former Billybanks land . Cllr Humphrey also declares that he is a member of the CIOB [the Chartered Institute of Building].

Cllr Liz Fahy (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Liz Fahy (Labour St Augustines ) declares that she is a “self-employed website design and hosting business – Gecko Surfing”. 

She is also a company director the “Womens’ Training Network” which is described as a “private limited company without share capital” .

Cllr Laura Rochefort (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Laura Rochefort (Labour Cornerswell) states that she works for “IPSA e Hirondo Ltd”. She also works for Kevin Brennan (Labour MP for Cardiff West) and Andrew Currie.  The political connection with a local Labour MP is a factor which some local voters in the May council elections may not have been aware of until now.

Cllr Rochefort declares  that she is a member of the Cardiff South and Penarth Labour Party. She also notes that she is a member of the UNITE trade union.

Cllr Ian Buckley (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Ian Buckley (Labour Cornerswell) works for the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. He declares a beneficial interest in his own home in Penarth and also in a home occupied by a member of his family.

Cllr Buckley is a union representative for the Fire Brigades Union. He is a committee member of the Old Penarthians, a member of the Ex-Servicemen’s club – and – somewhat surprisingly – a member of the Penarth Conservative Club.

Cllr Gary Allman (Conservative St Augustines)

Cllr Gary Allman (Conservative St Augustines) is a company director of Total Protective Solutions 360 Ltd . He also declares he is a  shareholder in two associated companies –  TPS Construction Ltd and TPS Roofing Ltd.

Cllr Allman is a member of the Noah’s Ark Appeal and is the only Penarth councillor to declare his membership of the Freemasons.

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Ken Lloyd (Conservative Cornerswell)

The current Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Ken Lloyd (Conservative) declares that he has no notifiable employment or business interests  but in addition to his Penarth home is also in a “flat-owner partnership” in respect of an apartment elsewhere in the town.

Cllr Lloyd also declares that he is a member of the Conservative Club, Penarth Bowling Club and the Ely Valley Bowling Club.

Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines ) declares that she works for a theatre company – Omidaze Productions (in which she is a partner) as a theatre director/producer and an educational theatre facilitator and runs the business from her home.

There are also 3 Penarth Town councillors about whom no Member’s Interests information has been published. 

Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward) .

Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward) answered no questions at all – about anything on her Member’s Interest form .

She offered not a single reply to any one of 14 questions on the form and left every answer-section blank.

The only entry that Cllr Thomas makes on the form  – apart from her address – is to sign a declaration saying “I have not omitted information that ought to be given in this notice”. 

Cllr Jon Luxton (Labour Stanwell) is Deputy Mayor of Penarth

Cllr Ellie Evans (Labour Stanwell)

Two other councillors whose Member’s Interests information has – for whatever reason – yet to be made public are the Deputy Mayor of Penarth Cllr Jon Luxton (Labour Stanwell) and Cllr Ellie Evans (Labour Stanwell).

There is no explanation on the council’s website as to why this information on these two Labour councillors is not being published.

The two-months overdue list of Penarth Town Council’s Members’ Interests was released on August 9th – immediately after PDN had reported the failure to publish this information on time.

The Members’ Interests already declared by “twin-hatted” councillors who serve on both the Vale of Glamorgan Council AND Penarth Town Council (i.e. Cllr Rhiannon Birch, Cllr Mark Wilson,  Cllr Ben Gray, & Cllr Kathryn McCaffer ) had already been included in an earlier PDN item.  (See http://tinyurl.com/ybynugnn )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 Responses to PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL FINALLY REVEALS DETAILS OF “MEMBERS’ INTERESTS”

  1. Windsor in my view says:

    So if it’s legally binding to have given respect need to these questions within a given time frame, are the councillors going to be fined?

    What is their punishment supposed to be, if any?

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Neither Cadarn or Newydd Publish any Financial Information on their website. This may be an oversight- mistake.
      In the spirit of the 2014 Act they should. This means you will have to cough up £12 if you want to read them.
      A statement such as the exemplary approach printed below from CDS Housing Cooperative London should be on their website.
      (2016)”Accounts prepared in accordance with the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, the Accounting Requirements for Registered Social Landlords General Determination 2006 and the Statement of Recommended Practice : Accounting by Registered Social Landlords 2010. Auditor – Grant Thornton UK LLP. Financial statements are published on our website in accordance with legislation in the UK governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements, which may vary from legislation in other jurisdictions. The maintenance and integrity of our website is the responsibility of the members of the board. The responsibility of the members of the board also extends to the ongoing integrity of the financial statements contained therein. “

  2. Chris David says:

    So from this could we deduce Mr Cuddy needs investigating? Mr Cuddy are you for or against the Northcliffe development? Will you present to the public the management accounts and meeting minutes of PACL?

  3. Gray local says:

    Clearly if these forms are to have any value or significance anyone who has omitted to properly fill them in should have to redo the form or resign from their position

    • The Tax payer says:

      Couldn’t agree more with you. If they don’t answer all of the questions what have they got to hide !!!! ££££££

  4. Fair & Balanced says:

    Well done to all the Penarth Town Councillors who give freely of their own time and lay themselves open to public scrutiny for no financial reward.

    • Windsor in my view says:

      Well if they can’t get this bit right and on time, what else will they not bother with?

  5. You couldn't make it up says:

    So if this merry bunch can’t submit (or even fully complete) a legally binding questionnaire/form on time what chance has Penarth got for them to operate in a timely or professional manner ?

  6. Clive says:

    Standards in public life/office? Pass the cheese…..

  7. Phil the Rapper says:

    What does Cllr Jon Luxton have to hide?

    Quick companies House search:

    Jon Kenneth Luxton had worked as a director from the 11th of May 2015 to the resignation date on the 22nd of October 2015. This manager had worked in Air Trampoline (Barnsley) Ltd situated at Villa House, 7 Herbert Terrace, CF64 2AH, in Penarth. Air Trampoline (Barnsley) Ltd was started on the 11th of May 2015. Jon Kenneth Luxton worked with numerous professionals for example: Dr April May Kitchener, Elaine Barnett, Louise Thomas, Professor William Alexander Gray, Catherine Marianne Gray. Jon Kenneth Luxton was appointed to 7 companies. Other director appointments: Cognition Training Limited (Villa House in Penarth, incorporated on the 22nd of March 2006), The United Kingdom’s Disabled People’s Council (Ukdpc in London, incorporated on the 24th of October 1997), Siarad Da Community Interest Company (Court House in Bridgend, incorporated on the 23rd of January 2014). We found 58 filings mentioning Jon Kenneth, such as the documents filed on: 22nd of December 2015, 23rd of October 2015 (termination category), 18th of June 2015, 14th of April 2015, 15th of December 2011 (termination category). Jon Kenneth is 52 years old.

    How does he find time to be Penarth Deputy Mayor I wonder.

    • Henry G Ford says:

      What is common with everyone of these directorships is that the companies rely on public money to survive, like most Labour politicians they are only happy when the state control 100% of all businesses. Which is the best reason not to let them in charge of anything.

      • DRT Andrews says:

        Your choice of pseudonym is apposite. So you are happy to align yourself with Henry Ford, the antisemitic spokesman for right wing extremism and religious prejudice.

      • Ann Other says:

        True. Well said.

  8. Ann Other says:

    It is true that no-one can join a board to represent anyone else. The point about being on a board is that you think and work in the best interests only of the board itself and the organisation it leads. This is a core principle of governance. Thus, Penarth Council cannot be represented on the board.

  9. Chris David says:

    Only the religious are religiously prejudiced.

  10. Chris David says:

    One concurs Mr Andrews, but you can’t get it right every time eh! One can’t be prejudiced religiously if one doesn’t have a religion. One can just resist the dangerous nonsense its many hundreds of versions peddle- all right of course, if you see the irony.

  11. Chris David says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOWZGky6Rc0 They don’t all have to answer. Some come from a higher authority.

  12. DRT Andrews says:

    Of course one can be prejudiced religiously without having a religion oneself. I assume from your comment that you have no religious faith yourself yet you are happy to make prejudicial judgements about those who do. Anyway, the original poster was making a political point and drawing ludicrous conclusions about “Labour politicians”. I sought to draw attention to the right wing political extremism of his/her choice of assumed identity.

  13. Chris David says:

    Prejudice means to pre judge- I can’t pre judge something that doesn’t exist. I can have an opinion on the delusional people that believe in one or more of the 1,000+ deities, mostly claimed to be the one true god. “Numbers 31:17-18King James Version (KJV)
    17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
    18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves”. That’s an example of an attempt at 100% political control. So one may observe all “parties” are of the same ilk and none to be trusted in entirety. That’s why the best we can do is support the independent politicians. They made get it right, they may get it wrong but their main motivation is to “expose” truth and facts, oh and best common policy. Not towing some slavish near religion like party political doctrine.

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