Georgina Hill says independent report is a ‘cover up’

Berwick Town Hall

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Georgina Hill has dismissed an independent disciplinary report as a “cover up” and says it is an attempt by Berwick Town Council to draw a line under months of turmoil.

The former deputy mayor’s comments follow the findings of an investigation into Berwick Town Council’s town clerk.

Sue Finch

Sue Finch

The Advertiser has learned that the investigator appointed by the town council to examine a formal complaint made against Sue Finch by Councillor Hill is recommending that no further action is taken.

He concludes that there is “no case to answer”.

The report will now be considered by the town council’s staffing committee, which meets on Monday at the town hall.

Ms Finch has declined to comment on the findings of what is a confidential report.

But Ms Hill is unhappy that she has not been given an opportunity to submit new evidence of her own.

Her initial complaint was lodged in October. She believes she should have been interviewed again.

“A lot has happened since then,” she told the Advertiser. “I only learned last week that he was about to report back, but I didn’t get a chance to provide evidence. I asked the staffing sub committee and the investigator, but no-one got back to me. I’ve had no input whatsoever.”

Ms Hill believes the terms of reference given to the investigator were far too narrow and should have been debated.

She maintains that the council’s procedures and its decision to take over control of the Portas Pilot money also need to be properly investigated. “This is an attempt to sweep it under the carpet,” she said.

This week’s report follows an earlier report carried out by a different independent investigator in which these issues were analysed.

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