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BEDFORDSHIRE CONSPIRACY ALLEGATIONS

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Secret internal inquiries into claims that South Bedfordshire DC officers waged a seven year conspiracy against a f...
Secret internal inquiries into claims that South Bedfordshire DC officers waged a seven year conspiracy against a former Dunstable town councillor have ended with a £1,500 settlement, reported Bedfordshire on Sunday (p9).

A maladministration panel of five councillors decided there was insufficient evidence to support the conspiracy theory but officers have been rapped for 'a series of errors', some of which showed 'a lack of professionalism'.

The allegations centre upon events between 1987 and last September during which the complainant, a former town councillor, moved from his council house after the district council failed to resolve a dispute with what it admitted to be nuisance neighbours.

The man recorded 69 incidents in a single year - including some of violence and threats against his 14 year old son - but still the council failed to take any action.

Decisions by officers culminated in the man's council house being stripped bare by council workers after an illegal notice to quit was served. The notice was served on the same day that the complainant was supposed to quit, instead of giving him four weeks' warning.

The complainant claims he had told the council of his intention to move, but when he went to collect his belongings he found the locks had been changed.

None of the property has ever been recovered, though community services director John Dean admitted in evidence to the panel that it was 'very likely' it had been dumped at a local tip.

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