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Second member of Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet told to update register of interests over undeclared company directorship

A second member of Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet has been told to update his register of interests after being found to hold a directorship of an outside business.

Ashley Yeates
Ashley Yeates

Cllr Ashley Yeates, Cabinet member for regulatory services, housing and wellbeing, is listed as a director of Yeates Properties Ltd by Companies House.

The filing records for the business show that it is dormant, but the role did not appear on the Conservative councillor’s register of interests – it has since been updated after being flagged up by Lichfield Live.

It comes after fellow Cabinet member and the local authority’s deputy leader Cllr Ian Pritchard admitted he had not declared a directorship of a dormant development company.

A Lichfield District Council spokesperson confirmed that Cllr Yeates had been instructed to update his register of interests.

“We have directed Cllr Ashley Yeates to complete a new declaration of interests,” they said.

“We have also emailed all district councillors, instructing them to update their register of interests, including any directorships, whether the company is active or dormant.”

Cllr Yeates has not responed to a request for comment.

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3 Comments

  1. Ken

    23rd January, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Elected unopposed and pocketing £4089.96 of our money for turning up to 77% of meetings (just over the threshold to ensure his allowance isn’t docked).

    No wonder he’s grinning. (And he doesn’t live in Lichfield, either).

  2. AnnS

    23rd January, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    He’s not the only LDC and/or LCC Cllr. that doesn’t live in Lichfield or District, but uses a Lichfield address.

  3. Joanne Grange

    23rd January, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Given 33% of the cabinet has now been found to have/to have had undisclosed directorships/ownership of property development companies I’d be quite interested to see a comment from Cllr Wilcox as leader on how he intends to address the apparent disregard for transparency rules by the senior colleagues he has appointed.

    Given Cllr Wilcox has already “built a wall” in Lichfield around the Friarsgate site, perhaps he can also adopt Trump’s meme and “drain the swamp”? I’d be interested to hear from him why we have 33% of the cabinet (both members of the planning committee) establishing property development companies “just in case”?

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