A councillor has questioned calls for “political answers” over a controversial land deal in Lichfield.

An external investigation into the Leyfields and Netherstowe sale to a housing association was discussed at Lichfield District Council’s audit and member standards committee earlier this week.

Cllr Steve Norman, leader of the Labour opposition group at the local authority, said answers were still needed about who was to blame for the deal being signed off without consultation and proper processes in place.

“There are some political answers we will want and hopefully we’ll get them at some point at the future.”

Cllr Steve Norman speaking at the audit and member standards committee

But Cllr Wai-Lee Ho, Conservative representative for Highfield ward, said Cllr Norman’s words went against the role of the committee members.

Cllr Wai-Lee Ho

“I must admit I was a little concerned with Cllr Norman’s remarks during this session.

“We are supposed to be politically impartial in this committee and Cllr Norman wanted answers based on political reasons.

“I could be wrong, but it seemed he was after some political ammunition.”

Cllr Wai-Lee Ho

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  1. “I could be wrong…” – yes, yes you are.

    Maybe a little naive too.

    The residents of LDC want answers about the who, what, why and when of this whole farcical and frankly worrying story. We have not received anything like a worthwhile response from LDC, its senior officers or senior councillors as yet so the questions will continue to be asked.

    As I said in another comment – this is not bloodletting and it certainly is not about party politics.

    It is 100% about the slow and consistent erosion of trust the residents of LDC area have in the council as a whole and the way it operates.

  2. Is Wai-Lee Ho mad??

    Are we not allowed to know the details of how public land was secretly sold?? What about transparency???? You can shut down things like this just because it suits your agenda.


    It’s their land, and their money, and if they demand to know how this happened, they should be allowed to know, surely??

    I encourage everyone here to make a Data Protection request for this information.

    It’s really alarming that the council (particularly the Chief Exec) is trying to bury this. PLEASE – DONT LET THEM!!!

  3. Personally I would like to see a Police enquiry ? Let’s finally get the TRUTH !!! And who does the land belong to now ? If it’s the housing assc how long before another planning application is applied for after the storm has abated ? It STINKS !!

  4. Well Scribbler, you have said it twice and I still don’t think you are correct. There IS a high degree of party politics in LDC decisions. Meetings held ‘in camera’ and withholding of ‘sensitive financial information’ is indicative of a party that operates on a ‘need to know’ basis. Many consider the plethora of housing contracts and land sales benefit the party who get donations from the developers. The city is having its cultural and historic heart ripped out. This is for commercial gain. We should not forget Friasgate, it’s cause and consequences. This council wants to bury its many mistakes. This present issue is no exception. If there is a lessons to be learned, then it is the Conservatives cannot be trusted!

  5. Since the said councillor is Conservative, he has reinforced this as a political issue. We just want meaningful answers, as set out by the Scribbler.

  6. With an election next week, the voters of Lichfield can have the answer in their own hands. Vote for the person not the “party” and you may get a council that listens to your thoughts. Do not vote for any of those that appear to be complicit in the recent “goings on” within LDC!

  7. Audit and Standards Committee- isn’t that supposed to audit council actions and check the standard of decisions? Or am I barking up the wrong tree?
    ASK QUESTIONS, get to the bottom of this mess and stop it happening again with public money or public assets !

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