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Maldon District Council should address public concerns over resignations writes Peter Edwards in the Maldon Standard

I write urging Maldon District Council to respond to public concern over the unexplained departure of two senior staff (Maldon and Burnham Standard, 4 December 2014).
Your report stated the council refused to answer questions regarding the exit of Julie Alderson, interim director of resources, who is reported to have been paid £630-a-day, and Sim Manley, a planning expert.
The council's apparent refusal to provide basic information, such as the detail of their roles and their date of departure, creates considerable concern among the council taxpayers who fund their salary.
Of course there are certain occasions when employers need to keep private certain information about the roles of former public officials, for example in the case of a dispute, but that should not allow local authorities to hide from accountability.
As a Conservative run council, its elected officials appear to have lost sight of the words of their Tory colleague David Cameron who, when asked about transparency, said sunlight was "the best disinfectant".
I urge the council to make a statement.
Yours faithfully
Peter Edwards
Labour PPC for Maldon
London Road
Maldon

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