Scrutiny chair does not want college inquiry behind closed doors

By David Newble

Friday, May 2, 2014


Scrutiny chair does not want college inquiry behind closed doors

Cowes Enterprise College. Picture by Robin Crossley.

A PUBLIC inquiry into the Cowes Enterprise College debacle has been ruled out by the Isle of Wight Council’s scrutiny committee.

At a meeting of the committee last night (Thursday) committee chairman, Cllr Geoff Lumley, said he was not prepared to hold an inquiry into what went wrong, if it had to be held in private.

He said: "One thing I have made very clear, I wanted full openness and transparency regarding what happened. We are talking about a hell of a lot of tax payers' money.

"However, unless there is full openness about the documentation I don’t believe that we have got any role in an inquiry. It would have to be undertaken on a confidential basis, we would have to exclude the public and press, and I don’t want to be associated with that sort of enquiry."


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