COUNCILLOR BRIAN WEST
Cllr Brian West - former Cabinet member, Wealden District Council
Ward: East Dean
Parish: East Dean & Friston
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Cllr Brian West was a cabinet member of this council when they attempted to bankrupt Mr Kruschandl in 2003/04, when Nigel Coltman was the then Leader of the Council. Cllr West had been on the area plans south planning committee in previous years, voting for enforcement action against the occupier of the Old Steam House. He was a Mason in the 1980s and former Master of the Tyrian Lodge operating out of the Masonic Temple, South Street in Eastbourne. His name is included in the Year Book for 1985-86 along with a number of prominent builders in the area, as you can see from the extracts of the publication for the Sussex Masonic Temple, headquartered in Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XA. Cllr West was a prominent builder in and around the Seaford area and so was Mr Kruschandl's father. But Kruschandl's father was not a Mason as Ian Kay had once alleged. Ian Kay was though related to Bernard Best, a Mason in the same lodge as Mr West, where Mr Best was Mr Kay's father in law.
These are simply facts. There is as yet no evidence to suggest that Cllr West used his influence as a Mason, or former Mason, or former cabinet member to any course of action or conduct that would be a violation of the applicable Codes of Conduct, or an otherwise unlawful or illegal act under the applicable transparency provisions, etc.
The one exception that we know of, being Brian West's failure to make a declaration concerning his (at the time) future son-in-law (who we cannot name for legal reasons). We know this because we have a solicitor certified copy of the Register of Interests and there is only one entry for Mr West concerning a Gas Holder site throughout the period when his daughter was engaged.
During the engagement period this councillor was assisting his future son-in-law with a planning related issue. In similar circumstances Jack Gore was forced to stand down and apologise for his misconduct when he helped Raymond Edmondson gain consent for industrial buildings at New Place Farm in Pump Lane, Framfield. At this point Cllr Ann Newton was elected.
Councillor West was in the cabinet communicating with Nigel Coltman about his future son in law. It is inconceivable that the Council were unaware of relationship where the son-in-law to be was served legal papers by Wealden District Council and the address that service was made would have been known by the Council. It seems reasonable to suppose then that the cabinet were aware of the relationship but said nothing about the lack of appropriate declaration.
SUSSEX MASONS - The burning question is how many of the chiefs in Sussex Police are masons, and how many other councillors or officers of Wealden District Council are masons? It is probable that once the characters in this drama are identified, that we might have a clearer picture of how it was that the Sussex Police failed to investigate 12 independent claims of council corruption in 1997 from the Wealden Action Group (WAG). Readers should be aware that not a single statement was taken from the complainants by Sussex Police, nor were any of the 12 complainants contacted by the police to view their evidence. Yet, Sussex Police put this entirely un-investigated series of crimes to the CPS as if they had been investigated. Then, the police provided blank sheets of their headed paper to the council they were supposed to be investigating, for them to be able to write what they wanted about themselves. This is organised crime, plain and simple, this revelation witnessed by Richard de Rivaz, a WAG member.
During his time as a councillor and in the period 2003-2004 Wealden District Council made their decision to seek to collect around £26,000 in legal costs awarded to this council by Dame Butler-Sloss against a then political activist; Nelson Kruschandl. The council served Mr Kruschandl with a Statutory Demand, the first stage to a bankruptcy petition.
This must have been a high level decision by members of the council, including cabinet members, and other interested councillors including Nigel Coltman and Andrew Long. This decision also included taking advice from officers of the council, to include Vic Scarpa, Trevor Scott and Daniel Goodwin. Other officers involved in the alleged illegal enforcement included David Phillips and Doug Moss, both guilty of tampering with photographic evidence - otherwise known as attempting to pervert the course of justice. David Whibley also had photograph tampering issues, making one wonder at the number of times Wealden used photographs illegally to obtain convictions or other orders?
If the allegation is correct and costs were obtained by fraudulent means and where this council forced the removal of toilets from The Old Steam House, despite the court having no powers to take away a state granted right to sanitation, under Health & Safety Regulations - this case demonstrates just how corrupt the system is - or rather can be abused by those in trusted positions, if not kept on a tight leash. It is alleged that this council would have to have deceived the Judges as to the historic merit of the building to obtain the toilet removal order, as they had done before with an Inspector Raymond Dannreuther in 1987, a representative of the Secretary of State. So perpetuating a lie, contrary to the clear duty to maintain accurate records, or fall foul of the Fraud Act 2006.
It is alleged that because of the copious correspondence between the victim (Kruschandl) and this council and its members, that it was common knowledge and that because of this, all of those involved knew about the genuine history attaching to The Old Steam House in Herstmonceux - and so would have been advised as to the tenets of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Local Land Charges Act and Rules, as relate to enforcement notices (orders) and other land charges.
If that proves not to be the case, then legal officers of the council and executives will have deceived their own members in order to obtain authority to continue to target their intended victim. In other words to keep going with their efforts to bury the truth.
Not one of the councillors or officers involved lifted a finger to set the record straight, except to remove Christine Nuttall. Indeed, it appears as though it went the other way - having been caught with their hand in the cookie jar by Mr Kruschandl, Wealden upped the game to try and wipe him out via character assassination of the worst kind, themselves or together with other agencies eliciting the assistance of the local media, who might also be viewed as an accessory after publication of a Section 39 restricted case while a trial was in progress.
Such publication appears most obviously designed to sway any jury, with the trial Judge, seemingly, in-on-it (possibly as a Mason), where he failed to secure the courtroom from reporters, confiscate notebooks, and did not refer the matter to the CPS, for the press/reporter to be prosecuted.
In failing to secure his courtroom, the trial Judge perpetuated a violation of Article 6, a person's right to a fair trial. A fresh trial should have been ordered if correct procedure was to be observed. In another case where the Jury had Googled the defendant, he was offered a fresh trial, but this was a different Judge. Where a Judge is not properly in control of his court, Article 5 may bite in that the court may not be held to be competent, hence is ill equipped to convict anyone. The blatant denial of his function begs the question: was the trial Judge a Mason or otherwise connected with Sussex Police or Wealden District Council? He is of course at liberty to tell us what the true position is and clear the air - and we will of course publish what the Judge has to say on that.
The other question that arises concerns the number of possible Masons in the Sussex Police force at that time an today, to include Masons who may have been with the CPS.
BROTHERHOOD - The idea of Masonic brotherhood probably descends from a 16th-century legal definition of a brother as one who has taken an oath of mutual support to another. Accordingly, Masons swear at each degree to keep the contents of that degree secret, and to support and protect their brethren unless they have broken the law. In most Lodges the oath or obligation is taken on a Volume of Sacred Law, whichever book of divine revelation is appropriate to the religious beliefs of the individual brother (usually the Bible in the Anglo-American tradition). In Progressive continental Freemasonry, books other than scripture are permissible, a cause of rupture between Grand Lodges.
Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Templars, were among the wealthiest and most powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were prominent actors in Christian finance. The organisation existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages, but their costumes live on today, as you can see from the picture above.
GUILTY & PROSECUTABLE
Officer's should know that 'Aiding and abetting' is a legal doctrine related to the guilt of someone who aids or abets in the commission of a crime. It exists in a number of different countries and generally allows a court to pronounce someone guilty for aiding and abetting in a crime even if they are not the principal offender.
In civil terms regarding damages, this is termed vicarious liability.
"Whosoever shall aid, abet, counsel, or procure the commission of any indictable offence, whether the same be an offence at common law or by virtue of any Act passed or to be passed, shall be liable to be tried, indicted, and punished as a principal offender."
That does not look good for Brian, Giles York, Kelvin Williams or Bob Standley, except that it seems likely that the Sussex Police have been in the pockets of Wealden District Council since at least 1997, and that they also conspire with other agencies to cause harm to their intended victims. It is therefore unlikely that Sussex Police might be persuaded to investigate something where they have been involved for a very long time, despite the present Chief Constable, Giles York, being awarded a medal by Queen Elizabeth for services rendered. What services? Services to cover ups, or services to honest policing? And who proposed the award of such a medal?
This matter has been brought to the attention of Katy Bourne and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, because it is the kind of institutional corruption that we as a nation should not tolerate. We fought two world wars to ward off evil, and yet here we are, with organised white collar criminals in the corridors of power, albeit at a local level, but where will it end if we allow hate crime to go unchecked.
SEEING EYE - Grand Lodges and Grand Orients are independent and sovereign bodies that govern Masonry in a given country, state, or geographical area (termed a jurisdiction). There is no single overarching governing body that presides over worldwide Freemasonry; connections between different jurisdictions depend solely on mutual recognition.
ROAD BRIGHTON - The Masonic Lodge is the basic organisational unit of Freemasonry. The Lodge meets regularly to conduct the usual formal business of any small organisation (pay bills, organise social and charitable events, elect new members, etc.). In addition to business, the meeting may perform a ceremony to confer a Masonic degree or receive a lecture, which is usually on some aspect of Masonic history or ritual. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Lodge might adjourn for a formal dinner, or festive board, sometimes involving toasting and song.
BRIGHTON GRAND LODGE - The main Temple has the distinctive black and white chequered floor, representing the good and evil forces in the world, which is found in all Masonic Temples.
Hate crime is illegal. Hate crime is discrimination as per Article 14, but once authority is used unlawfully, and after it has been pointed out that it would be unlawful, then misfeasance translates to malfeasance - and so becomes a criminal matter: 'unlawful' becomes 'illegal.'
The only possible reason that we can imagine that would give a repeat offender the impetus to continue offending, is (a bit like Jimmy Saville) if they knew that the local police were in their back pocket, bought and paid for. Wealden District Council is a repeat offender. Sadly, many councils are, and corruption in police forces all over the country is like an epidemic, recently (April 2016) reflected in the "Line of Duty" television series.
We are following this story with great interest, as it represents a test case with British Justice in the dock.
THE GUARDIAN 21 APRIL 2016 - Presenter’s child abuse crimes should not be ‘whitewashed’ and should be explored in BBC drama, says Napac.
NELSON KRUSCHANDL - Claims to be a real life victim of a criminal vendetta (a course of malicious conduct is where a local authority work to disadvantage a target, in this case with other agencies, such as the Sussex Police). When in 2002 Nelson realized that this council would never stop abusing the rights of residents in their geographical region, he set the wheels in motion to effect citizens arrests, also filming the council officers in the process of committing their crimes in 2004. The objective of such drastic measures was to force Sussex Police to investigate the council corruption, where they were turning a blind eye. He could never have guessed how deep the ties were between Wealden DC and the local police force.
It is alleged that instead of curbing their corrupt practices or triggering an investigation, the threat of being arrested by the Human Rights activist/dissident galvanized the local authority hoodlums to up their game and stitch him up with a rape charge - and that they succeeded with in the short term. The only problem with this is that there is fresh evidence that the so-called claimant was a virgin (intact) at the time of the allegation, so could not have been penetrated, an inconvenient revelation and unexplained inconsistency in a slow unraveling of the facts. This is a matter that the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) have so far refused to investigate. Why? It is a serious matter. How far up the line does corruption extend in the United Kingdom. How many High Court judges are Masons or have other connections to Sussex Police?
HISTORIC OPEN LETTER TO BRIAN WEST
Dear Councillor West,
As a member of a council responsible for a great many historic towns and villages, and also caretaker of the public purse, could I ask you to be especially vigilant against maladministration within the Wealden District Council.
It is my experience that your council has allowed some departments to run riot with taxpayers money. Some officers have used council resources for their own goals and as a playground for acts of impropriety. Sometimes to cover up mistakes, and other times to pursue agendas for profit or personal ambitions and desires.
It has taken me more than 20 years to finally reach an understanding with your council about the Generating Station at Herstmonceux. I hope you agree that we cannot afford to let situations like that develop again to drain the council and lead to widespread bad feeling and mistrust.
You were elected to serve the community, not the officers. You were elected to run the council to the best of your ability, after consideration of the issues that matter. It is your duty to conserve the historic built and natural environments. It is also your duty to seek to secure adequate services, education, policing and health care.
These are particularly difficult times, where public funding is under scrutiny against local issues and terrorism and global warming are serious international issues that should be targeted for spending, rather than waste money pursuing lost causes.
Even as I write, identified international dangers are looming and if allowed to escalate unchecked, may put our country and indeed the world as we know it at risk. We can all play our part by doing what we do to the best of our ability.
If we run a tight ship with a clear desk, when something important finds its way on our laps, we will be better able to deal with it. We must conserve our energies for fights that matter.
I would be very interested to learn what sustainable policies your council, and your political party are putting in place, and if you agree whatever has been proposed is effective. I should also like to know if you support the current policies or oppose them?
As a resident of Wealden, I am relying on you to do the right thing for your district. As an inhabitant of planet earth I am relying on you to keep your eye on broader issues and play your part on the international team that is the human race.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Cllr West failed to respond to this letter in over three years, confirming his acceptance of the observations and criticism of his council.
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LINE OF DUTY - Is a British police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio, aired on 26 June 2012. The first series was BBC Two's best-performing drama series in 10 years, with a consolidated audience of 4.1 million viewers. The drama was re-commissioned for a second series, and the first episode was broadcast on 12 February 2014. The second series achieved widespread public and critical acclaim, and, on 8 April 2014, the BBC commissioned two further series. In April 2014, Line of Duty was included in a list of the Top 50 BBC Two shows of all-time.
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