Once again The Skidder has led the way in exposing the murky doings of Jan Britton's bent paid service at Sandwell Labour Council - in this case the Parks Department. Curiously, Britton himself used to be a "Parks" person according to his dismally thin CV but, yet again, alleges that he was completely unaware of what has been happening on his watch as the joke "Chief Executive".
Ever since I have been investigating Sandwell I have been recommended to pay heed to the doings of the Satchwells - father and son - in Parks. There is mystery how Satchwell Junior secured a very highly-paid job within the Department given his reputed "abilities" and as to what he actually DOES all day for large sums of OUR money but SMBC assure me he was promoted on merit after interview. So that's alright then.
Without implying at all that the two Satchwells were directly or indirectly involved, there are allegations which I have submitted to Sandwell Council that there has been widespread fraud in Parks. There has been alleged massive over-ordering of materials and plants etc for the parks with person or persons unknown selling off the excess for personal gain (this allegation was also sent to West Midlands Police). An allegation that a named employee has landscaped his Sandwell home from materials purloined from Parks (and the photos look very nice) has, at present, been denied by SMBC internal audit (although the information came from an SMBC whistleblower). On the subject of blowing, there is an unsavoury allegation that a female secured promotion way beyond her abilities via a casting couch down the potting shed.....
But in a Skidder exclusive to 5th April, 2016 (followed up on 17th July, 2016) I revealed how Tom Arnold (of the "well-known" Tipton family) was advertising SMBC property for sale - portakabin offices at the Jubilee Park Depot - on HIS social media!
Arnold has lived for many years just a few doors down from ex-Councillor Derek Rowley - another Labour figure (like fag-hag Linda Horton) who has also done so much to demean the Office of Mayor of Sandwell. Rowley may not still be a councillor but is the constant companion of Cabinet member ("lol") Sayeeda Khatun and still wields considerable influence within the local Labour Group.
We know that bent WMP are failing to act in any way in respect of Sandwell. Where I receive information which appears to have legitimacy I am now sending it direct to Chief Constable Dave Thompson. Here is my (redacted) letter to him as long ago as 7th April, 2016:
"The Chief Constable xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
West Midlands Police xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Steelhouse Lane 7th April, 2016
Birmingham B4 6NW
Dear Mr Thompson,
I don’t know what to do now that WMP have made it clear they are not going to investigate any matters involving the deeply corrupt Sandwell Council. The fact is that people tell me things concerning possible criminal activity which I have neither the time, the resources nor the powers to investigate but one fine day the whole house of cards will collapse and it is important that, come that day, people will know that SMBC, and people connected with it, apparently enjoyed police immunity.
In the circumstances, I still intend to send information I receive to WMP by recorded delivery letter. These are allegations only and have not been investigated by me and so there may be nothing in them - but time will tell.
1 This is straightforward. Informants tell me that xxxxxxxxxxx, a SMBC employee in The Parks Department called xxxxxxxxxx and a private individual called Thomas “Tom” Benjamin Arnold (xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx in xxxxxxxx Tipton) decided to sell some portable buildings belonging to SMBC and xxxxxxxxxxx. I understand the Arnold family are xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Arnold advertised the buildings for sale:
2 [This relates to unconnected allegations concerning a serving Labour Councillor].
I have the recorded delivery evidence that the letter was delivered to Steelhouse Lane (the correct address whilst the renovations of Lloyd House were ongoing.)
Almost immediately an allegation emerged that ROWLEY had also sold at least four shipping containers belonging to Sandwell Council to a "member of the public". According to the Audit Committee it appears this is TRUE!!!! The Audit Committee also said that Rowley had been storing unspecified personal property at the Jubilee Park Depot where - as at last Thursday - the ex-Councillor still had keys to the compound and various units therein!
This is a photo I have shown on this blog before. Who is our fat friend gaining access to units at the Jubilee Park Depot? Who gave Rowley the keys and why?
I was informed by various sources that WMP were also fully aware of the allegation of the sale/theft of the shipping containers but, as ever with Labour Sandwell, they have done absolutely f*ck all.
SMBC got rid of Satchwell Senior following all this - allegedly with a pay-off of taxpayers money! At the Audit Committee last week there was general wringing of hands. It was said that the alleged sale of shipping containers by Rowley to a member of the public WAS a breach of the Council's financial regulations but as he was no longer a Councillor nothing could be done! Similarly Satchwell was no longer a council employee. There was no mention whatsoever of the Council also referring these matters to the police. It was eventually resolved that SMBC would ASK Rowley to return the keys. As an afterthought these geniuses then thought it would be a good idea to change the locks (at taxpayer's expense of course!) Britton - send the bill to Rowley!
Of course, I tried to ask Rowley about all this outside Oldbury Council House when he came to collect Cabinet member Khatun from a meeting. He threatened to "kick me in the bollocks" - which I have on video.
How the f*ck is this not a police matter? Suffice to say I will now be making an official complaint to the IPCC about WMP's failure to investigate this adequately or at all.
Unbelievably, I received communications from someone in Sandwell Council High Command telling me that a named Parks employee who had been implicated in respect of these alleged matters had had two nervous breakdowns and had been on suicide watch so would I be so kind as not to write anything about the Parks scandal? I have heard that trade unions have regularly recommended to SMBC employees that they go sick to avoid investigation and also that useless Jan Britton has, in the past, allowed taxpayer-funded sick-pay to be paid to individuals way beyond the contractual obligations (the most egregious example being Cllr Hussain's son, the "property-developer employee" Azeem Hafeez, in respect of his broken wrist). Incredibly, when I asked how long this named individual had been on the sick the senior person told me "oh no, he's back at work!" It transpires that SMBC do not want to aggravate his illness so have kindly let him back into his old job on full salary with no sanction. So much for Steve Eling's much vaunted "investigations" to "drain the swamp"....
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