At the time Leo was a Sandgate Parsih Cllr, but stepped down in April 2016.
Leo & Simon’s company purchased 15 Grace Hill in Feb 2015 for £105,000 pounds and sold it on to Oportunitas Ltd – a company solely owned by Shepway District Council (see page 7) – for £500,000 on the 18th Nov 2015. Below is Leo & Simon showing Cllrs Ewart James & Pascoe (Director & Chairman of Oportunitas at the time) around 15 Grace Hill after the conversion into flats.
Now after receiving one contract to turn 15 Grace Hill into flats for Oportunitas Ltd, Leo’s company – Alliance Building Company Contracts Ltd have now found themselves in the enviable position of receiving yet more money from Shepway District Council.
Now we have searched Contracts Finder Public tenders.net and OJEU to see when the tender to build the six flats at Roman Way happened, yet we can find no evidence of such a tender taking place. (Update: 11th Oct 2017 – see Alliance Building Company Contracts Ltd) According to sources, Leo says he actually tendered twice, for the job.
Perhaps Cllr Peter Gane might ask a question at Full Council about how Alliance Building Company Contracts Ltd won any tender which may or may not have happened. After all, Leo has received £1,590,000 of public money so far.
Also we understand that the Oportunitas Board will meet this week and we’d ask Cllrs Claire Jeffrey – Chairman & Lead Director, Mary Lawes, Philip Martin and Roger Wilkins (all pictured below) to raise the issue of the double mortgage on 15 Grace Hill, Folkestone. As Directors of Oportunitas, they are all remunerated with taxpayers money.
The double mortgage is more cock up than conspiracy, however, the fact that Alliance Building Company Contracts Ltd have won a contract without there appearing to be any evidence in the public domain of a tender, well that raises plausible suspicion. It’s clear Leo has contacts inside the Council and there is sufficient evidence of previous possible cronyism. But in the end good people we’ll leave you to decide what happened regarding the tender to build the six flats at Roman Way.
The Shepwayvox Team