Council Budget tomorrow

As per past year, Cllr Walsh will produce his budget on the day. That means none of us has had the opportunity to see it, so we have no idea what’s in it. Worse, the Provost has stated that the budget motion will be read out and seconded then any amendment to be read out… Continue reading Council Budget tomorrow

Councillor votes while in arrears over council tax

Before I return with more on the Rothesay Harbour saga, there have been rumours for a while that a councillor had council tax arrears but continued to vote on the council budget, something that is illegal. The National covered the story very well today and you can read it here: http://www.thenational.scot/news/15107732.Exposed__Cover_up_by_Argyll_and_Bute_after____illegal____vote_on_council_tax_rates/?c=eo7sv Because I sent out… Continue reading Councillor votes while in arrears over council tax

Argyll & Bute’s Budget

Thursday coming is the day the council sets its budget for the coming financial year. At the moment, the papers for this meeting indicate a budget surplus of £2.893m, assuming a 3% increase in council tax. We have no idea as yet if the administration intend to produce a budget on the day or if… Continue reading Argyll & Bute’s Budget

Rothesay Harbour, Part 2

In my last post here, I referred to the sorry saga of Mr Calum McMillan and what he endured as a resident of the Island of Bute and as a customer of Argyll & Bute Council at Rothesay Harbour. If you didn’t read Calum’s affidavit, here is the link again. affidavit-calummcmillan-v2 He  was eventually allowed… Continue reading Rothesay Harbour, Part 2

Competent? !!

Yesterday’s area committee touched a new low as far as I was concerned. Not only did we hear a very good argument from the public about getting a move on to resurface the Dunoon 5 a side cages, we also got the usual arguments from the council leader as to why we could not do… Continue reading Competent? !!

Explain this please!

Here is the text of an email sent this afternoon to the other councillors, the press and the 4 complainants. I need say no more. I had hoped that I could update you to say that a line could now be drawn under the complaint against me by Messrs Loudon, Sneddon, Hendry and Milne. This… Continue reading Explain this please!

Mrs Loudon accuses!

Happy New Year to one and all. The Standards Commissioner’s office responded well to the subject access requests I made and, while it will take a while to go through the material, one nugget has emerged which I now share with you. Similar requests to the council have produced almost nothing. I today sent all… Continue reading Mrs Loudon accuses!

More FOI problems

My last post was on the manner in which the council responded to the FOIs raised about the costs incurred in the complaint against me. This can be read here. I followed this up with an email today to all councillors and the press, as follows: From: Breslin, Michael Sent: 20 December 2016 10:13 To:… Continue reading More FOI problems

Fantasy FOI Land

People have been asking questions about the costs of the 2 complaints and I posted a blog on this here. Today, we moved into complete fantasy territory because Angus Files from Oban had appealed against the original FOI reply that said there were no costs to the council because they didn’t have the information requested.… Continue reading Fantasy FOI Land