Fab Foi watchers!
More mysterious shenanigans this week from nobody’s favourite council, WCC.
You may remember our long-running battle for information about large payments being made to the House Of Commons for the rental of Abingdon Street car park…
..and the unexplained reluctance of Westminster to release contract details to us.
As you can imagine, we were a little surprised to receive this response from their FOI department stating that, despite promises to the contrary, they still required more time to reply!
We’ve therefore used our great powers of deduction and come up with a shortlist of what might have happened to the Abingdon Street Contract…
a) It’s been accidentally shredded by an apprentice in the contracts department.
b) Captain Barrow got confused on his last day in the office and packed it with his rubber plant and “world’s best boss” mug.
c) It’s been eaten by virulent wood worm in the bowels of City Hall.
d) It never existed in the first place.
Now far be from us to cast aspersions but we’re putting our bets on the last scenario being the most probable.
Yes folks, it may well be that WC have been making payments without having a statutory contract in place.
“Surely that’s illegal?” we hear you cry…
well technically “yes it is” but of course that’s never stopped them before and probably won’t again!
Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary.
B.Coleman and the gang.