Wednesday, 14 March 2012

CWAC Council leader confronted by angry businessmen at executive meeting

For background information please refer to my earlier posts Council leader's company, ASC Developments (Chester) Ltd, to be liquidated of the 8th March 2012 and Mike Jones, Leader of CWaC Council & ASC (Developments) Chester Ltd of the 12th August 2011.

UPDATED 15th and 17th and 21st March 2012

A LIVE webcast was shut down when two angry businessmen publicly challenged council leader Mike Jones over debts they claim his firm owes them.

Mr Hinson told the meeting: “I’m here for one reason, the gentleman there, Mr Mike Jones, owes me £9,500. You promised me Mr Jones, you promised me faithfully that you were going to pay me.”

Tiler Mr Trollope has obtained a court order instructing ASC to pay £2,880 owed to his firm Cheshire Screeding Services for tiling work on two bathrooms at a house in Antrobus last August.

Mr Trollope, who intends to make a complaint under the council code of conduct, said: “Authority is a very powerful word. People within our authority are in positions that can influence thousands of lives with a budget of millions. I am a local resident of Chester and Cheshire West, I vote for you as councillors.

Both Cllr Jones and Cheshire West and Chester Council have so far made no public comment on the fate of ASC Developments as they consider it to be a private matter.

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle

UPDATED 21st March 2012: It would appear that the video clips of the incidents which were on You Tube have since been removed by CWaC Council.

It is obvious that CWaC Council are not aware of the Streisand effect.

"The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely. It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her residence inadvertently generated further publicity."

View the Chester Chronicle version here 

My comment: The matter is further complicated because there appears to be two ASC Developments companies that have done work for CWaC Council. The first one (80135) was replaced by another ASC Developments company (127426) between 25th August and 11th November 2011.
Between the 12th May 2011 and the 15th December 2011 the limited company received £22,713.30 and the non limited company received £13,578.12 from CWaC Council.

Whilst it could be argued that the change in names was a just “clerical error” [someone forgot to add the (Chester) Ltd] the same arguments can't be used for the supplier code and the cheques. The council has a formal procurement process through which suppliers have to register. A new supplier code therefore cannot just be entered  it would need accompanying paperwork. Legally speaking ASC Developments (Chester) Ltd is a different entity to ASC Developments and CWaC Council should know that.

ASC Developments (Chester) Ltd also received £46,725 in 2010 from CWaC Council.

UPDATE 15th March 2012: Cheshire West and Chester Council leader faces angry businessmen

Cllr Jones has written to creditors asking them to submit claims against the company and notifying them of a creditors’ meeting at insolvency practitioners Parkin S Booth & Co in City Road on Tuesday, March 27.

Parkin’s branch manager Judith Pryer, confirmed Cllr Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, will be present.

She said the company had ceased trading and would officially go into liquidation following the private meeting.

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle

UPDATE 17th March 2012: London Gazette advertise meetings of creditors on the 15th March 2012
(Company Number 01890400) 
(t/a Barlows Electrical Limited, Barlows Electrical (Chester) Limited)
Units 4 & 5, Facit Glen Industrial Estate, River Lane, Saltney, Chester CH4 8RH
Nature of Business: General Construction and Electrical Installation
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 98 of the Insolvency Act, 1986, that a Meeting of Creditors of the above-named Company will be held at the offices of Parkin S. Booth & Co, 2 City Road, Chester CH1 3AE, on 27 March 2012 at 10.15 am, for the purposes mentioned in Sections 99, 100 and 101 of the said Act.
In order to be entitled to vote at the Meeting, Creditors must lodge their proxies, together with a full statement of account at the offices of Parkin S. Booth & Co, aforesaid, not later than 12 noon on 26 March 2012.
Ian C. Brown (IP Number 8621) of Parkin S. Booth & Co, 2 City Road, Chester CH1 3AE, is a person qualified to act as an Insolvency Practitioner in relation to the Company who will, during the period before the day of the Meeting, furnish Creditors, free of charge, with such information concerning the Company’s affairs as they may reasonably require.
E-mail address; Telephone Number 01244 340129

Michael Jones, Director.

1 comment:

  1. Let us bear in mind that Mike Jones is a prominent Freemason and he declares this in the Register of Interests.

    The council has many other members who are also prominent Freemasons.

    I draw my own conclusions.


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