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Some details of 'Independent Review' announced into removal and concealment of the 'Black's Head' Ashbourne

July 6, 2020 8:18 PM
By Peter Dobbs

At the virtual Full Council meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council held on 2nd July, some details were provided of the promised 'Independent Review' into the events of 8th June in Asbourne.

Blacks Head (BBC)

The controversial sign

This was the day when a controversial pub sign was removed without apparent regard for health and safety guidance by a group that apparently had the permission of the District Counci Leader - Conservative Cllr Gary Purdy. Conservative Councillors were present as the head was removed. The A515 was closed during the procedure and the pub sign only returned to the District Council on 11th June.

At the Council meeting Cllr Purdy stated;
"An investigation has begun to

1. Establish the factual timeline of events which resulted in the removal of the Black's Head Ashbourne and its safe return to the custody of the District Council.

2. To clarify the capacity of individuals involved and the source of authority of any permission granted.

The investigation team gathered by the Monitoring Officer will include members of the internal legal team and will be independently reviewed by one of the Council's appointed independent persons".

The target for completion of the report is 31st August 2020.

Liberal Democrat Cllrs and members have requested that the membership of the 'investigation team' is made public and have also suggested that the inclusion of an independent solicitor on the team would help to ensure an open and transparent process.