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Waveney
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Andy, thank you for sharing this.

Obviously there are always 2 sides to everything.

For the record:

The independent barrister was not asked to look at whether my allegations were true. She was only asked whether I’d breached the code by making them. The scope of the investigation was deliberately limited to whether I breached the code, rather then whether what I said was true. Their statement that "A full investigation by an independent barrister found no evidence to support Mr Knight’s serious public accusations“ is categorically false - I was not permitted to provide evidence to support my allegations because it was outside the scope of the investigation.

If the hearings committee carefully considered the barrister’s report, then why did they comprehensively ignore her recommendations?

Nobody at the BA has ever “thoroughly investigated” my allegations. John Packman says that he spent 3 days investigating them, but was unable to tell the hearings committee what that investigation involved. If he had investigated, he would see that I was telling the truth. As an example, members were told that the appeal inspectors had confirmed that the river moorings had been abandoned. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the Authority’s own solicitor conceded this point at the Local Plan examination in September.

The hearing did not have to be private. The conduct of the officers was deliberately kept outside the scope of the complaint, and the Authority refused to allow me to cross-examine them at the hearing. They also refused to allow recording.

I offered to meet the Chairman to find a resolution to this whole issue and he refused, as did Jacquie Burgess before him, John Packman and David Harris (the monitoring officer).

I regret that my relationship with one or two officers has deteriorated, because I believe that I've always had an excellent relationship with all the BA staff. But I stand by what I said, until someone proves that I was factually wrong. Whether I breached the code of conduct or not is frankly irrelevant. I'm interested in whether members were misled, and for 16 months nobody has been prepared to investigate that.

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AJB,in the interests of clarity do you post as an individual or are you posting on behalf of the BA?

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Well it will not be an official comment but perhaps he thought it was being helpful to Forum members to read the Press Release which was already in the public domain!

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Have I got this right?  James Knight was a ‘co-opted’ member of the navigation committee, i.e. he was not elected by anybody, but invited to join.  Now, because of the committees concerns about his conduct, that invitation has effectively been withdrawn.  What’s the big fuss?

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I only ever post as a boat owning broads loving forum member that happens to work for the BA.
I'm not allowed to represent the BA on an open forum, there's a whole department employed to do just that.
However, I do some times get involved if it can bring clarity to an issue.
If you read any of my old posts, you will understand what I mean. Smile

Andy

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AJB: no you don’t, you have a record of always supporting the BA.

Dog: if you don’t understand maladministration it’s better that you refrain from comment.

The BA NP peer review was scathing yet the BA has chosen not just to ignore it but to embolden its blatant disregard for good governance.

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Thank you RichardB.  As a trustee, former chair, and committee member of three charities I am fully aware of potential issues of maladministration.  I am also aware of the duty of trustees and other committee members to raise issues of concern through proper channels, not to snipe from the sidelines with cryptic comments, half truths, and self promotion.  There’s a blond haired chap, always on the TV, who could probably benefit from learning that lesson too.

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AJB, thank you for the clarification - very interesting.

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My thoughts exactly Bobdog. The trouble Is there are two of those blondes about at the moment.

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Hi Andy Thanks for that it helps to get it in plain english, rather than solicitor speak.Quite understand that you are unable or need to lambust the B A  as some do. there is always two sides. John

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Do you supporters of the unwarranted removal of a committee member and the falsehoods in the press release  realise that there are no provisions in the Act for it only the changed rules introduced by the CEO to quell the slightest deviation of BA and committee members from speaking out?

Such draconian practices are unacceptable anywhere but especially in an undemocratic and badly run quango.

Do you realise that the BA had to reinstate a member following the peer review? That member was also subjected to a witch-hunt of outright lies.



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