The Royal Victoria hospital site owned by developer Leo Griggs (pictured), was recently closed by the Health & Safety Executive for alleged breaches of : scaffolding, handrails and labourers having invalid CSCS cards, according to very well placed sources.
We understand that complaints have been sent to HSE, after work commenced on site, prior to lockdown.
The site owner is waiting on a visit from the HSE to reopen the site.
The site was in the old local plan under UA-3
In July 2020 Transparency International’s report Permission Accomplished – Assessing corruption risks in local government planning – gave our Council a grade D for corruption risks for all things planning. Their report states:
“most worrying findings of their research are the relatively frequent and unchecked conflicts of interest held by those with key roles in reviewing major planning applications.”
Leo Griggs (far left below) is for those of you who are not aware, a member of the local Conservative party and ex Sandgate Parish Cllr.
He can be seen standing just one person away from Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Cllr David Monk.
Leo Griggs far left
This just might be coincidence, but Cllr Monk’s wife – Gill Monk is the Vice Chair of the Kent Health & Safety Group and like her husband, knows Leo. The group speak with HSE on a regular basis. Small world!
Now of course, we are not suggesting any impropriety. All we are doing is making the invisible, visible.
At the planning committee meeting held on Tuesday, 17th December, 2019, which granted permission, four Cllrs declared an interest that they were known to the applicant, Leo Griggs.
Councillor Ms Susan Carey
Councillor Gary Fuller (He and Tim Prater sat on Sandgate Parish Council with Leo)
Councillor Clive Goddard (Chairman of Planning Committee)
All declared they are known to the applicant. They remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.
This site owned by Leo Griggs, who has many Tory chums on the planning committee, plus he knows the Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council and his wife, demonstrates how urgently Cabinet Member for Corruption – Cllr Tim Prater – (who knows Leo Griggs) needs to step up to the plate and investigate the perception, or reality, that big decisions are distorted in favour of powerful, private interests.
The Shepway Vox Team
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