Criticism of Accounts Irregularities, Mawr Community Council

To Audit Office Wales:

I would like to record a strong protest against the way this Council has failed to keep proper accounts. I was born in this house and originate in one of the oldest families of Mawr, the Hopkin Family (1629). This accounts failure should be the subject of a Parliamentary investigation. I will also make formal protests to the Local Authority Ombudsman concerning some recent inter related incidents, which include receipt of anonymous hate mail investigated by the Neath hate crime unit, and false accusations to Clydach Health Centre, another criminal offence, perverting the course of public justice by making accusations that can be proven to be false. The Council is known to have e mailed the hate crime unit, suggesting an interference in due process of law. The Clydach Health Centre recently advised me that the accusations came from “the Council”. This is completely unethical conduct by the Council. There has also been interference in an objection which I made to a plan for building. This was reported in the “Evening Post”. I am also seriously concerned about the way in which Mawr Development Trust went bankrupt, and the way in which Gerazim Chapel was put up for sale as a result. There is a also a criminal troll site which has been reported to the police, and a mixture of cement and glue was thrown over my car. This is another unsolved crime. The Council has not condemned this criminal damage in any way, but the police have condemned it as “disgraceful”. These are not matters of direct concern to the Audit Office, but can be dealt with by the Ombudsman. To members of Old Families of Wales, and Gentry Families of Wales, a Council that has been reprimanded in this way does not represent Mawr in any way at all. There is cause for serious public concern.

Myron Evans

(Dr. M. W. Evans, Member of the Gentry of Wales (2012), Arniger (2008), Civil List Pensioner (2005), D. Sc, Ph. D., B. Sc. (Wales))

cc M. P. for Gower
Chief Constable

cc Trustees Newlands Family Trust

In a message dated 02/03/2017 12:50:39 GMT Standard Time, Karan.Sanghera@audit.wales writes:

Dear Dr Evans,

Thank you for email of, 24 February 2017, in which you requested:

a copy of the two Audit Documents which severely reprimanded the [Mawr] Community Council in 2001 and again 2015”.

I have been unable to locate a report relating to the Mawr Community Council issued by us (or any other auditing body) in 2001. The appointed auditor issued two reports on the Mawr Community Council: one in 2011 and the other in 2015. These are available on our website, and can be accessed via the following links:

2011 report: http://www.audit.wales/publication/report-public-interest-mawr-community-council-audits-accounts-2005-06-2009-10

2015 report: http://www.audit.wales/publication/report-public-interest-mawr-community-council

I have passed your comments concerning the development trust and the running of the Council on to relevant colleagues to take into consideration in future audit work.

I have not applied any exemptions, however if you have any queries about my handling of your request please email or write to me.

Yours sincerely,

Karan Sanghera

Cynorthwyydd y Gyfraith a Moeseg / Law and Ethics Assistant

Ffôn / Tel: 029 2032 0552

E-bost: karan.sanghera

E-mail: karan.sanghera

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Wales Audit Office: www.audit.wales

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Subject: Accounts of Mawr Community Council and Development Trust ac…

To Auditor’s Office, Welsh Assembly:

These accounts do not contain any information which show how taxpayers’ money was actually used. I assume that the accounts of Mawr Development Trust can be inspected at Companies House before it went bankrupt, owing creditors a lot of money. We still do not know how much money. Can you send me a copy of the two Audit Documents which severely reprimanded the Community Council in 2001 and again 2015. Your office described the Community Council as having completely failed the electorate, or similar wording. This was widely reported in the media. Subsequently, Cllr. Ioan Richard and others were forced to resign from the Community Council after a meeting in which the electorate voiced its displeasure at extreme overdevelopment. Cllr. Richard has also resigned from the Planning Committee of Swansea County Council and has little or no support in Mawr. I have filed several complaints against Cllr Richard with the Ombudsman’s Office concerning his abusive conduct. I feel that the Community Council should be wound up and Mawr run directly by the Assembly. In view of these auditing irregularities Cllr Richard should resign, they occurred during his tenure as County Councillor. I feel that there should be a fraud investigation.

Myron Evans, Armiger (2008) and Member of the Gentry (Burke’s Peerage and Gentry 2012), Civil List Pensioner (2005).

cc M. P. for Gower,

From: Karan.Sanghera
To: EMyrone
Sent: 23/02/2017 15:07:22 GMT Standard Time
Subj: Request for Information: Mawr Community Council and Development Trust accounts (IR590)

Dear Dr Evans,

Further to my email of 7 February 2017, I am responding to your request for information of 3 February 2017, which was for:

i) A complete record of accounts for the Mawr Community Council; and

ii) A complete record of accounts for the Mawr Development Trust.

Item (i)

With regard to item (i) of your request, please find attached the accounts we hold for the Mawr Community Council. I have redacted a small amount of information from the documents provided as I consider the exemption under section 40(2) (personal information) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies. This section provides an absolute exemption and applies because disclosure would breach the data protection principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Item (ii)

We do not hold the accounts of the Mawr Development Trust as this is not an entity which we audit.

If you wish to complain about my handling of your request, please email or write to me.

I must also refer you to section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act under which you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision on whether or not your request has been dealt with in accordance with the Act. The Information Commissioner’s contact details are:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

email : casework

Tel: 0303 123 1113
Fax: 01625 524510

You should note, however, that the Information Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted our internal complaints procedures before dealing with such an application. Further guidance may be found on the Information Commissioner’s website https://ico.org.uk/

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Karan Sanghera

Cynorthwyydd y Gyfraith a Moeseg / Law and Ethics Assistant

Ffôn / Tel: 029 2032 0552

E-bost: karan.sanghera

E-mail: karan.sanghera

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