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Council boss away amid homes probe

A Kent council boss is on leave of absence as an investigation takes place over claims about a planning application. Dr Sue McGonigal, chief executive of Thanet District Council, is away from her desk while an inquiry gets under way into the claims. They focus on plans to build several hundred homes at a business park, a proposal that came from East Kent Opportunities, a partnership between Thanet council and Kent County Council. Dr McGonigal is a member of the board of East Kent Opportunities. The application was refused by the council last year. A statement issued in the name of the council leader Iris Johnston said:

“A meeting of the general purposes committee was held on Tuesday, June 3, and I have been informed the appropriate processes are being followed. While there maybe speculation in the public domain, the council will not be drawn on commenting on a confidential meeting.”

The statement continued:

“I am sure both members of the public and the press will understand there is a process to follow in relation to allegations made against officers. It is neither fair nor appropriate to highlight any specific details on allegations against named individuals which are not substantiated. Naming officers or confirming details of allegations is counter-productive and potentially prejudicial.”

A separate statement confirmed the chief executive was away from her desk. It said:

“We can confirm Sue McGonigal is currently on leave and Madeline Homer is deputising in her absence.”

Herne Bay Gazette, June 12th 2014

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