CHARLES (CHARLIE) LANT
PROPER CHARLIE - Charles Lant does his best to remain anonymous. Not for long Mr Lant, we want some answers. His council have been working behind the scenes to cover their tracks, but the action of covering up, is of course in itself. evidence of wrongdoing. Otherwise, why bother to cover it up?
The TaxPayers' Alliance sent requests under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) to every county, borough and district council in the country. The Alliance asked for details of council officers and executives who earned more than £100,000. Charles Lant, chief executive of Wealden District Council, received a total salary package, including bonuses and allowances, of £111,662 in 2006-07. With that kind of money at stake, a chief executive is going to do a lot of squirming to stay employed at what must be seen as scandalous rates. Serving the community, self-serving more like it. In our view, Fat Cats, should not be allowed at all in public service.
It is alleged that Charlie Lant is the chief executive of one of the most corrupt council's in the United Kingdom. How long has he been steering Wealden District Council and is that legal?
We understand that Charlie took over from Sheelagh Douglas, apparently a good friend of Derek Holness, and that Ms Douglas resigned without working out her notice after she was asked to investigate corruption, involving the previous administration of Mr Holness. It is standard practice in councils that when the water gets too hot, they have a convenient shuffle, until they think it is safe to resume where they left off.
What with the passing of WD/2015/0090/MAO - an application for 70 houses on land that this council have fought tooth and nail through umpteen public enquiries to stop being developed, it occurs to us that with the return of a chief executive who was in the frame at the time of the Wealden Action Group allegations as to impropriety, that this application and grant of permission should be the subject of forensic scrutiny.
PUBLIC FOOTPATH - We're not sure who this chap is, but we are told that he asked the photographer what right he had to be on what is after all, a public footpath. He'd obviously not heard of The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (c 37), known as the CRoW Act is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament affecting England and Wales which came into force on 30 November 2000. The freedom to roam, or everyman's right is the general public's right to access certain public or privately owned land for recreation and exercise. The right is sometimes called the right of public access to the wilderness or the right to roam.
Article 10 also guarantees everyone the right to receive and impart information - such as collecting evidence and passing that on to the authorities or a court. That is why we have so many street cameras, to collect and record evidence in case of wrongdoing. There is no suggestion at this stage that these gentlemen were doing anything wrong, if as they claim, there were operating under instructions and (allegedly) knew nothing about the well they were digging next to!
The field at Lime Cross is criss-crossed with public footpaths. There are quite a few well trodden paths that still need to be officially recognized. Do not therefore, be put off from exercising your right to roam - even if the hired help are not welcoming. We are told that the two other chaps operating the spudder, were less cordial. Though not so bad the following day.
This council were put on notice as to drinking water being taken from the historic well at Herstmonceux for over 30 years and since at least the time of Augustus Hare. The objectors asked that the members were made aware of this serious point where the topography is unfavourably inclined from the top of the hill, down to the well supplying Herstmonceux Museum. In other words where contamination of drinking water is bound to become an issue if houses are built on the slope. We need to know who the officers were at that meeting and what they explained to the members - where it seems nobody is taking this seriously - as demonstrated by the recent actions, in digging significant holes adjacent to the historic well. Contractors, Bainbridge (Bros) Brothers Limited and Card Geotechnics Limited (CGL), working for Gleeson Developments Limited (a name change from the original applicant: Tim Watson), were out in force on the 5th and 8th of January 2016 with heavy diggers and hole boring plant digging a substantial hole or two in the vicinity of the well supplying said drinking water.
The fact that Gleeson Developments have employed CGl to undertake this survey is an indication that the developers know that there is a potential problem in the years ahead. It might be that this latest move is akin to that employed by Pacific Gas & Electric at Hinkley, California - where that company employed so-called experts to assuage health fears, then tried to buy off the resident one at a time, with offers to purchase their properties.
LOCATION, LOCATION - Why here? Why would anyone dig a huge hole right next door to an ancient well. The burning question is, were the members advised about the potential problems. If they were, what measures did Mr Lant's council take to protect the drinking water for the well users. Council's have a range of statutory powers to prevent nuisance or other harm to existing rights. The usual way of telling a developer what he or she must do, is by way of a Section 106 legal agreement.
SIMILAR CASE HISTORY - HINKLEY, CALIFORNIA - GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION
The town of Hinkley,
California, located in the Mojave Desert, (about 121 miles driving distance north-northeast of Los Angeles) had its groundwater contaminated with hexavalent chromium starting in 1952, resulting in a legal case against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and a multimillion-dollar settlement in 1996.
GIVE ME A SIGN - The writing has been on the wall for Wealden for a long time. They've tried just about everything to hide the truth, but the truth has a strange habit of coming out.
RESIDUAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
CAMERA SHY - We think that this is the surveyor employed by Card Geotechnics Limited, known as CGL. Contact CGL Limited: Head Office, 4 Godalming Business Centre, Woolsack Way, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1XW. T: 01483 310600 F: 01483 527285 Emails: DanM@cgl-uk.com
ANGELES (LA) TIMES APRIL 2015
COVER UP - Right or wrong, once a company engages in a cover up, one lie leads to another. The key to not being sued, is to tell it straight and admit mistakes as soon as one is discovered. Where we are aiming for a sustainable Circular Economy, cover-ups are wasteful of energy and so warm the planet. Go eco, tell the truth. Roberta Walker is seen in the lower left picture, a former resident of Hinkley. The real Erin Brokovich is at the top left.
This year, a final cleanup plan is moving toward approval. Last month, a long-awaited, five-year study to determine how much contamination PG&E may be responsible for finally got underway.
HERSTMONCEUX, LIME CROSS EXCAVATIONS - That's an awful lot of digging to test for the water table. The chap on the phone on the left mentioned that they were trying to find bedrock. Most interesting! They were two days digging holes using the JCB, a Coppard hire vehicle on the right of this picture.
Since then, hundreds of residents have left. Property values dropped because of the stigma surrounding the town, and PG&E launched a buyout program.
COVER UP? - Here the subcontractors are replacing the earth to restore the land. There is no disguising the extent of the earth works. That chap spends an awful lot of time on his mobile. He was almost never off it whenever there was a camera around. He was probably recording the visit. The photographer was, and these guys knew it, so behaved themselves.
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Smith said that when the program was announced, there was a high level of anxiety in the community and many residents wanted to sell their properties rather than take the water. The company, he said, wants to see Hinkley thrive.
Between 2010 and October 2014, when the program was formally discontinued, PG&E purchased about 300 properties, he said.
BENTONITE - Hello, hello, hello. What's all this then? Dynamite more like. The property of swelling on contact with water makes sodium bentonite useful as a sealant, since it provides a self-sealing, low-permeability barrier. It is used to line the base of landfills to prevent migration of leachate, for quarantining metal pollutants of groundwater, and for the sealing of subsurface disposal systems for spent nuclear fuel. Similar uses include making slurry walls, waterproofing of below-grade walls, and forming other impermeable barriers, e.g., to seal off the annulus of a water well, or to plug old wells. Maybe even wells still in use!
What then was Bentonite doing on site between the 5th and 6th of January 2016. We know that unscrupulous operators sometimes spike adjacent wells - or use it to falsify contamination readings, sealing contamination out. There is no suggestion of that in this case. We understand that as of January 2016, the company denies any unlawful activity, referring requests for information as to their instructions to Gleeson Developments Limited (the developer). One thing that was noted, was that on the 6th of January, as the photographer approached, there was a dash to put something in the back of the white Range Rover and get the tailgate up. This chap obviously did not want something to be seen or photographed. More Bentonite perhaps; we'll never know.
But despite the progress, many
Hinkley residents still worry about how much chromium 6 will remain in the water. PG&E is required to clean up to the levels at which chromium 6 naturally occurs in the groundwater — a number known as the background level.
HINKLEY - Daron Banks looks over the ground where the contamination caused him so much concern.
Although levels of chromium 6 nearest to the compressor station — where no residents remain — exceed that by large numbers, PG&E's testing in domestic wells elsewhere in the community shows chromium 6 levels below 10 parts per billion, most often between 0 and 5, Sullivan said.
- CGL'S WEBSITE SAYS: "With the right advisors on board, seemingly ‘risky’ sites can present clear opportunities in a fiercely competitive market. CGL is attuned to these changes in the residential market and the specialist services and added value we provide to the housing sector (from single homes to strategic developments of 100s of units) continues to pay dividends for our clients."
It thus become obvious why CGL have been brought in. This field is a risky site, with flooding at the lower east end of the and a claim looming for water contamination at the other end, stretching way into the future. Hills are also notorious for landslide. When houses are built above existing historic developments, the pressure on the soil can cause a sudden landslide. This is especially so in a United Kingdom that is prone to heavy rainfall and newly, flash flooding.
What kind of reserves are in place to be sure that future claims can be settled. We imagine and would hope that Wealden District Council put such provision in place, by way of a bond. We are investigating this aspect of the Agreements with the original developer, a local landowner and speculator with strong ties to the Parish and District Council.
Gleeson Developments Limited,
(previously Gleeson Homes - head office), 6 Europa Court
Banks solicited help from John Izbicki, a U.S. Geological Survey research hydrologist who has studied naturally occurring chromium 6 in the Mojave Desert. With pressure from residents, PG&E acknowledged that its earlier study was lacking. It is paying for a five-year study led by Izbicki that is expected to conclusively determine the background level.
ACCIDENT BLACK SPOT - Mark our words, this is an accident waiting to happen. East Sussex County Council routinely bow down to requests from Wealden District Council to look the other way. You'd have to be blind not to see what the problem is from just this one photograph.
DUTY OF CARE
Charlie Lant has a duty to ensure that information presented to the Secretary of State at appeals, and/or the courts is accurate, such as not to fall foul of the Fraud Act 2006. He is charged with obstructing and perverting the course of justice by way of perpetuating a lie. He has been asked to revisit his Council's criminal deceptions regarding Herstmonceux Museum. The Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, has written to us to explain that this is a matter for Wealden DC to check out and correct. Have they done so? Not on your life. There are renewed efforts to push this council into a fight. They could of course just admit their past misdeeds.
Any officer of this council who comes by information to support the contentions as to deceiving the Secretary of State, not blowing the whistle, is likely to come under suspicion for malfeasance in public office and malicious prosecution. The pictures below are those of the officers of this council who have consistently lied to Planning Inspectors and the Courts, or who have aided and abetted those who have.
Victorio Patrick Scarpa & David Whibley
Christine Nuttall & David Phillips
At the moment the Sussex Police appear to have granted their chums at Wealden immunity from prosecution, though there may now be one or two officers who are not subservient. The law is though clear, where an instrument was obtained by deception some time ago and limitations may have applied, if that instrument is being used today, then the method by which the instrument was obtained may be the subject of a criminal investigation under the provisions of the Fraud Act 2006. In other words a fraud committed before enactment of the Fraud Act 2006, may be looked at under the provisions of that Act, because the fraud is being committed anew in 2013.
Charles Lant has been under suspicion in terms of malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office for some time. He is more than likely a mason, or his friends and associate at Sussex Police are. Obviously, since Sussex Police when invited to investigate - simply returned all the files having done nothing - which makes Sussex Police party to the crime. It is a criminal offence to know of a possible crime, but not to investigate it. Having read this page, Charlie, you must then do something about it. It is no longer acceptable to turn a blind eye. See the extract of the Fraud Act below:
You cannot be the chief executive of a council without becoming a first class liar. Why? Because if they are asked to tell the truth about some of the issues that we have uncovered, if they told the truth, they'd also have to blow the whistle. Hence, council officers are trained not to answer questions directly, but to inject some areas of doubt, such as to use the word "fuller," rather than "full" when writing up a committee's request for more information. That way they can still leave out the important bits that they don't want the members to see. Even if the head crusher above chair were to be used on Charlie Lant, judging by his council's refusal to reply honestly to requests for information, he would go to the grave with his guilty secrets rather than reveal the truth.
Section 10 extract of a Consent Order in Case No: SD16 of 2003, in the Eastbourne County Court. This is an Agreement that Mr Kruschandl alleges- that this council have breached concerning recognition of and the future of Herstmonceux Museum.
FRAUD ACT 2006
Section 4 - Fraud by abuse of position [such as a planning or police officer]
(1) A person is in breach of this section if he —
dishonestly abuses that position, and
intends, by means of the abuse of that position—
to make a gain for himself or another, or
to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.
(2)A person may be regarded as having abused his position even though his conduct consisted of an omission rather than an act.
COMMENT - Hmmm, I can't believe it's not butter!
WDC's Planning Enforcement Officers and advertised area of cover. But please note that they like to play in each others area when a case gets too hot to handle - and where does Christine Arnold fit into all of this:
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