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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1180 on: April 21, 2013, 12:37:11 AM »
Had they admitted defeat, the wi-fi saga might have died when Rod Bluh resigned. Instead, they have passed the wi-fi baton to the new leader.

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« Reply #1181 on: April 21, 2013, 10:03:47 AM »

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and do they wish it would go away!!

Believe me - it won't

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« Reply #1182 on: April 21, 2013, 12:33:55 PM »

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and do they wish it would go away!!

Believe me - it won't

Well done Des, are you going to the presentation of the report?
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« Reply #1183 on: July 03, 2013, 10:28:26 PM »
Do you think we might get the Committee Report to Scrutiny any time soon?

Special Committee formed in October 2012 to report in January 2013.

Can't the members of said committee agree on what to say or does the report have to be approved first?
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« Reply #1184 on: July 04, 2013, 11:05:27 PM »
Do you think we might get the Committee Report to Scrutiny any time soon?

Special Committee formed in October 2012 to report in January 2013.

Can't the members of said committee agree on what to say or does the report have to be approved first?

I already told you.....The Borough Solicitor will have the real report re-written and the re-write will only appear after a large scale 'leak' of the re-written report to the Adver has happened.

The civic merry-go-round has only a few more revolutions to make before it's riders have ignored the Last Chance Saloon for the final time.

Then it will be time to call the Sheriff.


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« Reply #1185 on: October 28, 2013, 03:36:01 PM »
According to the Companies House web-site, Digital City has been "gazetted" to be struck off. Normally there is another gazette notice after 3 months and then the company is gone.....just like all the money.

Maybe someone has been reading TS?
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« Reply #1186 on: February 03, 2014, 11:00:58 AM »
Although we have all been posting on the Wi-fi 2 thread the Digital City Caper ought be on this thread...........

Although we cannot yet view the video of the meeting held on Wednesday January 22nd the minutes are available on the following link:

http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=619&MId=6395&Ver=4

Minutes

http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/mgMeetingAttendance.aspx?ID=6395


I have to say that these minutes are noteworthy for their brevity and total lack of detail save the recommendation at the end.

They are hardly worthy of being a record of the meeting but maybe that was deliberate?

We will have to rely on the video for the detail when it becomes available.
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« Reply #1187 on: February 09, 2014, 03:13:12 PM »
To quote a famous commentator, "They thought that it was all over...well it is now."

SBC cabinet have decided that they are not calling in the Police and Digital City UK Ltd are dissolved. So everything is neat and tidy, including the financial hole in Swindon taxpayer's pockets.

Here's the entry from the Companies House web-site. Even they seem eager to strike the luckless company off, as they have "post-dated" the event.


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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1188 on: February 10, 2014, 12:17:24 AM »
It was suggested to me recently that the £400,000 of taxpayers wasted on Rod Bluh's wifi'asco was actually money very well spent in the eyes of the respectable business community because it showed a significant majority of Swindon Borough Councillors to be utterly incompetent and without moral compasses and backbones. 

As far as 'researching potential business partners' goes the entire process has been, and will continue to be, invaluable to businesses who which to avoid ruinous involvement with local authority imbeciles.

Councillors might pat each other on the back and gently sigh with relief but, and it's a big but, do they really think it's finally been swept under the Euclid Street carpet?  It might well be true that 60% of Swindonians don't give a rats tail one way or the other, but I'm confident that people who matter much more to councillors, (than disinterested non-voters do), have paid attention and do care. 

I wonder whether SBC has also gained a reputation for being an 'easy mark' for 'entrepreneurs'.

I'd be interested to hear the opinions of Swindon South MP Bob Buckland and Labour's PPC for South Swindon Anne Snelgrove.  Anne, readers will recall, made the WiFi'asco the suject of a House of Commons Adjournment Debate in March of 2010.   Since their election to Parliament in May of 2010 Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson MP's have raised the topic of our WiFi'asco in Parliament how many times exactly?

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« Reply #1189 on: March 29, 2014, 02:38:31 PM »
Dead But Not Forgotten.

At the end of their long inquiry into the Wi-Fiasco, the Scrutiny Committee of Swindon Borough Council recommended that the matter be referred to the Police as the Committee did not have the legal right to access the financial details, held at the banks of the various companies and individuals involved.

Swindon Borough Council Cabinet decided not to act on the recommendations saying that the Police had already looked at the matter.

In fact the Police said:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10993756.Police_will_not_check_wi_fi_deal/?ref=rss

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A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “The allegations have been reviewed by Wiltshire Police and with the information available to them they will not be investigating the matter further.”


The Adver report also said:

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The police have been contacted on a number of occasions previously to see if there has been any wrong-doing but as there is insufficient evidence it has not been taken further.
Following on from this information it was decided by the cabinet not to make any further complaints to the police.
The motion passed also said that no further council time will be spent on the issue.


Someone is missing the point, I think deliberately.

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“…………with the information available to them…….”


It is not the information already available to the Police that needs looking at, it is the bank accounts of those involved, to discover the financial trail of the loss of close to £0.5M of public money that needs looking at!

Who is protecting whom and why, is the big question? Have none of them any interest in getting value for money for the public?


Just to refresh your memories about all the good news. Click below.

http://www.getsignal.co.uk/news

Better still, see if you can spot some pipe-dreams and some porkies in this video.

http://www.getsignal.co.uk/index.php/news/post/a_signal_project_update_video

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1190 on: March 29, 2014, 03:45:53 PM »
Having watched the video 'again' I can only suggest that Caroline Spelman was either naive, stupid or simply reckless in what she said - somwhow i doubt she will want to be reminded about her febrile utterances.

I cannot think of a kind thing to say about Rikki (for free) Hunt - so acting on my mother's advice - say nothing.

As For Rod Bluh, I genuinely believe he is sorry for the failure of Wi-Fi and wishes he had listened to anyone other than the aforementioned Rikki (for free) Hunt.

Now Coun Perkins has a skin thicker than a rhino, so expect no contrition from him - just hope the people of Haydon Wick see through his bluster

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1191 on: March 29, 2014, 05:52:43 PM »
caroline@carolinespelman.com

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1192 on: August 26, 2014, 01:26:16 PM »
I told My story.It was true.I invented the wifi scheme to gain attention>Ive been a techie since i used to repair home micro services computers 30yrs ago.

ALL WIFI IS FREE - Dont you get it.

I so wanted to blow up the council because they pushed me of my land in ashbury ave because they planned dwellings on oakfields university so INSTEAD i invented a scheme to show how stupid they are.

Now Get this cos you still dont .ALL WIFI IS FREE.

A connection to the internet via wifi is not.

This means SBC is going to war with the big companies like orange/tmob/o2 blah blah.These guys are big hitters so i figured the council want to bully likkle old me out of my inheritance then ill bang em back without any damage to the public.

I lost £250 grand which i consider they still owe me.An now live in a shed


HAVE YOU GOT IT YET - It was never meant to work... :WTF:

Haha wifi is not internet.

As for PROOF - try the notes of the public meeting where they threw me of my land with threat of a compulsary order backed by being removed by police.My land was in a key position ie they wanted to come up ashbury ave and call the university dwellings NYTHE because the houses in nythe are worth twice as much.They denied this.

Now its been a few years and they think ive forgotten - Id like to point you in the direction of a blue wooden fence around OAKFIELDs Uni.....Unless they are challenged They will claim this land as they have fenced it off for a certain amount of time...This is public land given to us 'The public' It was meant for us/you to walk your dogs on and kids to play on...There gonna steal from you again...So they can profit...

The wifi idea was to prove They dont know what they are doing...I knew they would dance for the money...lol they did.

I BET YOU STILL DONT GET IT WIFI IS FREE.....

https://www.facebook.com/groups/383091031807844/

As for building on Oakfields uni and there magical this is my land fence -

https://www.facebook.com/groups/134931496715103/

I did this for you peeps This is your land not meant to be built on...Ill never get my money from them so
if enough of you get together you might just get to save it....

And thanks to sbc for Knocking my wall down due to the building of there pathway.Therefore exposing my property an making the pool dangerous to the public....

As this is an old post - I just wanted you to know the truth......But i didnt steal your money they did....check out the blue fence round oaky uni......watch them pop dwellings on your land again.
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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1193 on: August 26, 2014, 06:47:46 PM »
....................what?
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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1194 on: September 05, 2014, 09:21:06 AM »
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11454557.Broadband_speeds_up/

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RESIDENTS can expect a new era of internet surfing after Swindon Council agreed to help pay for superfast broadband to come to the town.

A £3m project is set to provide 95 per cent of the town with the high-speed connection, after the council was told a bid to secure £1.5m from government body Broadband Delivery UK had been successful.

Priory Vale will be one of the first places to receive the high-speed connection and Steve Hall, 40, who lives in Eastbury Way, said he was delighted with the news.

“It’s obviously good news and the biggest thing is that they were able to get funding for it,” he said.

“The strange thing is that I thought it was funding that went to rural areas and this isn’t a rural area round here.”

But he said the connection was much needed in the area.

“I think it’s just a feature of modern life now,” he said.

“People want to stream their TV programmes online and there are a lot of businesses based in the area who will also benefit from it.

“It will just mean we can move along in the 21st century and be up to date.”

Earlier this summer, the council agreed to ring-fence £1.5m towards getting the required infra- structure installed.

A bid was submitted to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the government’s company responsible for a national programme of superfast broadband, to match Swindon's contribution.

Coun Toby Elliott (Con, Priory Vale) said: “This is a great day for Priory Vale and residents across Swindon who have put up with a snail’s pace of internet for too long.

“I’m thrilled that the hundreds of people who signed my petition showed the strength of feeling, and that the demand for these services exists.”

Coun Dale Heenan, the cabinet member for strategic planning and sustainability, said: “For many local residents and local businesses, broadband internet is no different to a utility like water and gas.

“Councillors Elliott, Faramarzi and Edwards have worked closely with the Cabinet to show that broadband speeds in parts of Swindon like Priory Vale and our villages were a problem and helped find a solution.

“A report published last month showed that the speed of broadband can affect house prices, so this is good news for families, good news for local jobs and good news for home owners.”

There will be an open tender undertaken over the next six months to identify a commercial partner to complete the necessary infrastructure works. Work is expected to start within a year.

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1195 on: September 05, 2014, 08:27:27 PM »
I have already got one of them.

How about high speed refuse collection for a bit of blue sky thinking, just to run it up the flagpole, get it on the radar etfeckincetera?
Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1196 on: December 04, 2014, 10:54:32 PM »
As there has been mention of our Wonderful wi-fi 'project' on the Advertiser site comments in response to the article:

Council tax rises being considered in Swindon, published today Thursday December 4th 2014.

to which comments are made with reference to the FOI relating to this old chestnut so I copy it here.

People are rightly referring to this totally unacceptable waste of public money and the lack of accountability.

It also shows the unbelievable incompetence of all concerned.

This is still relevant and will not go away every time this administration complains about a lack of funding.

From: Geoff Reid

10 February 2011

Dear Swindon Borough Council,

Freedom of Information request re: Avidity Consulting

Background information relevant to my information request:

Swindon Borough Council is involved in a Public/Private Partnership
with Digital City (UK) Ltd.

The purpose of the above partnership is to deliver a Borough-Wide
Wireless Internet system to Swindon via a project vehicle known as
‘Getsignal’.

The project is at least one year behind schedule, has failed to
complete even its pilot-phase in Highworth, has run out of money
and was recently described as having ‘stalled’ by Swindon Borough
Council.

Swindon Borough Council made a loan facility of £450,000 available
to Digital City (UK) Ltd, of which £400,000 has been drawn down.
John Richard ‘Rikki’ Hunt is the Chief executive officer of Digital
City (UK) Ltd.

The loan facility of £450,000 was nine-hundred times greater than
the £500 credit limit suggested by a credit assessment agency
engaged by Swindon Borough Council to run credit checks on Digital
City (UK) Ltd prior to offering a loan to that company.

At a meeting of Swindon Borough Council’s Scrutiny Committee on
Monday the 7th of February 2011 it was disclosed by Swindon Borough
Council that Digital City (UK) Ltd has defaulted on its loan
repayments to the Council since November 2010. John Richard ‘Rikki’
Hunt was present at this meeting in his capacity of Chief executive
officer of Digital City (UK) Ltd.

Up to the date of this information request, three Interest payments
on the loan have not been made and they were due on the 4th
November 2010, 16th December 2010 and 20th January 2011. I
understand that Swindon Council expects Digital City (UK) Ltd to
similarly default on further interest repayments as they become
due.

I understand that 30% of Digital City shares are held by Avidity
Consulting Ltd. Rikki Hunt is the Chief executive officer of
Digital City (UK) Ltd and, until the 31st of December 2010 Mr Hunt
was also the sole director of Avidity Consulting Ltd.

Records held at Companies house show that Mr Hunt resigned as a
director of Avidity Consulting Ltd on the 31st of December 2010 and
that his wife, Laura Hunt replaced him as Director of that company
on the same date. This resignation and change of Director was not
disclosed or discussed by Mr Hunt, cabinet members or officers of
Swindon Borough Council at the 7th February scrutiny meeting.

I note that the Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council,
Councillor Garry Perkins, is also a director of Digital City (UK)
Ltd and that Cllr Perkins was publicly denying Digital City (UK)
Ltd had defaulted on its loan commitments to Swindon Borough
Council three months after the first default on the 4th of November
2010.

My request for information is therefore as follows:

1. At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did the Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council
– Councillor Garry Perkins, (also Director of Digital City (UK)
Ltd), learn that a company he is a director of, (i.e Digital City
(UK) Ltd), had defaulted on its commitments to pay interest
payments to Swindon Borough Council on the loan of £400,000 made to
it by the Council? In all instances: How and when did Councillor
Perkins learn that the company he is a Director of had been
defaulting on a loan made to it by a Council of which he is also
serving as Deputy Leader?

1a. At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did the Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council
– Councillor Garry Perkins, (also Director of Digital City (UK)
Ltd), learn that that Mr Hunt, his fellow director at Digital City
(UK) Ltd, had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting Ltd
on 31/12/10? In all instances: How and when did he learn of Mr
Hunt’s resignation?

2. Prior to the 7th of February meeting of the scrutiny committee
did the leader of the council, Councillor Roderick Bluh know that
Mr Hunt had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on
31/12/10? In all instances: how and when did he learn of Mr Hunts
resignation?

2.a At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did the Leader of Swindon Borough Council –
Councillor Roderick Bluh – learn that Digital City (UK) Ltd had
defaulted on its commitments to pay interest payments to Swindon
Borough Council on the loan of £400,000 he had been instrumental in
providing to that company in his capacity as leader of the Council?
In all instances: How and when did Councillor Bluh learn that
Digital City (UK) Ltd was defaulting on the loan?

3. At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did Councillor Mark Edwards learn that Digital
City (UK) Ltd had defaulted on its commitments to pay interest
payments to Swindon Borough Council on the loan of £400,000 he had
been instrumental in providing to that company in his capacity as
lead member for finance? In all instances: How and when did
Councillor Edwards learn that Digital City (UK) Ltd was defaulting
on the loan?

4. Prior to the 7th of February meeting of the scrutiny committee
were any other cabinet members informed that Mr Hunt had resigned
his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all
instances: How and when were they informed of Mr Hunts resignation
and who informed them?

5. Prior to the 7th of February meeting of the scrutiny committee
was the chair of the Scrutiny Committee advised by any officer(s)
that Mr Hunt had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on
31/12/10? ? In all instances: How and when was the chair informed
of Mr Hunts resignation and who informed him?

6. Prior to the 7th of February was Stephen Taylor, Swindon Borough
Councils Director of Law and Democratic Services aware that Mr Hunt
had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In
all instances: How and when was Mr Taylor informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed him?

7. Prior to the 7th of February: Did Hitesh Patel, Swindon Borough
Councils Director of Business Transformation know that Mr Hunt had
resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all
instances: How and when was Mr Patel informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed them?

7a. Can Hitesh Patel confirm the date on which Swindon Borough
Council registered a charge, (with the appropriate authority), on
the equipment and/or assets of Digital City (UK) Ltd in respect of
the £400,000 secured loan it obtained from Swindon Borough Council?
Please supply documentary evidence that the charge was made, and
that it was made within the required timeframe.

8. Prior to the 7th of February: Was Gavin Jones, Chief Executive
of Swindon Borough Council aware that Mr Hunt had resigned his
directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all instances:
How and when was Mr Jones informed of Mr Hunts resignation and who
informed him?

9. Prior to the 7th of February: Was Celia Carrington, Deputy Chief
Executive of Swindon Borough Council aware that Mr Hunt had
resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all
instances: How and when was Celia Carrington informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed her?

10. Prior to the 7th of February: Was Stuart MacKellar, 151 Officer
at Swindon Borough Council aware that Mr Hunt had resigned his
directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all instances:
How and when was Stuart MacKellar first informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed him?

10a. Will Stuart MacKeller be reviewing the investment/loan, or
other financial arrangements, agreements and understandings with
Digital City (UK) Ltd, Avidity Consulting and aQovia Ltd ? In all
instances: Now the loan has been defaulted on, what steps will Mr
MacKellar be taking in his capacity as 151 Officer to recover the
outstanding £400,000 loan and missed interest payments due from
Digital City (UK) Ltd or other individuals and organisations?

11. Has, or will, the Head of Audit at Swindon Borough Council, be
asked or required to audit the material facts of the WiFi update
report (as presented to Scrutiny on Monday 7th February 2011)
including, but not limited to, the circumstances surrounding the
registration or non-registration of a charge against the assets of
Digital City (UK) Ltd, the non payment of interest payments by
Digital City (UK) Ltd 12. What steps is Swindon Borough Council
taking to establish why Mr Hunt resigned as Director of Avidity
Consulting Ltd and who is now in legal control of the 30% share of
Digital City (UK) Ltd held by Avidity Consulting Ltd after Mr John
Richard Hunt resigned and was replaced by his wife, Mrs Laura Hunt?

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Reid

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From: Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council

10 February 2011

Thank you for your email which has been forwarded to the FoI office for response.

Kind regards

Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Swindon SN1 2JG
Phone: 01793 445500

E-mail: [Swindon Borough Council request email]
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk

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From: Sharon Druett
Swindon Borough Council

10 March 2011

Dear Mr Reid,

Ref: FOI101000263262 Freedom of Information Request
Loan Default by Digital City Ltd & Change of Directors at Avidity Consulting Ltd

Thank you for your email received in our office on 10 February 2010.
The Council has a duty to respond 'promptly' to your request or no later than 20 working days,
which in this case is 10 March 2011.

I respond as follows to your requests for information:

1. At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did the Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council
- Councillor Garry Perkins, (also Director of Digital City (UK)
Ltd), learn that a company he is a director of, (i.e Digital City
(UK) Ltd), had defaulted on its commitments to pay interest
payments to Swindon Borough Council on the loan of £400,000 made to
it by the Council? In all instances: How and when did Councillor
Perkins learn that the company he is a Director of had been
defaulting on a loan made to it by a Council of which he is also
serving as Deputy Leader?

Response:

Councillor Perkins says he cannot recall the exact time and circumstances when
he was made aware but it was done verbally and, therefore, not recorded information
under the FoI Act.

1a. At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did the Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council
- Councillor Garry Perkins, (also Director of Digital City (UK)
Ltd), learn that that Mr Hunt, his fellow director at Digital City
(UK) Ltd, had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting Ltd
on 31/12/10? In all instances: How and when did he learn of Mr
Hunt's resignation?

Response:

Councillor Perkins says he cannot recall the exact time and circumstances when
he was made aware but it was done verbally and, therefore, not recorded information
under the FoI Act.

2. Prior to the 7th of February meeting of the scrutiny committee
did the leader of the council, Councillor Roderick Bluh know that
Mr Hunt had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on
31/12/10? In all instances: how and when did he learn of Mr Hunts
resignation?

Response:

Councillor Roderick Bluh says he cannot recall the exact time and circumstances when
he was made aware but it was done verbally and, therefore, not recorded information
under the FoI Act.

2.a At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did the Leader of Swindon Borough Council -
Councillor Roderick Bluh - learn that Digital City (UK) Ltd had
defaulted on its commitments to pay interest payments to Swindon
Borough Council on the loan of £400,000 he had been instrumental in
providing to that company in his capacity as leader of the Council?
In all instances: How and when did Councillor Bluh learn that
Digital City (UK) Ltd was defaulting on the loan?

Response:

Councillor Roderick Bluh says he cannot recall the exact time and circumstances when
he was made aware but it was done verbally and, therefore, not recorded information
under the FoI Act.

3. At what point prior to the 7th of February meeting of the
scrutiny committee did Councillor Mark Edwards learn that Digital
City (UK) Ltd had defaulted on its commitments to pay interest
payments to Swindon Borough Council on the loan of £400,000 he had
been instrumental in providing to that company in his capacity as
lead member for finance? In all instances: How and when did
Councillor Edwards learn that Digital City (UK) Ltd was defaulting
on the loan?

Response:

Councillor Mark Edwards says he cannot recall the exact time and circumstances when
he was made aware but it was done verbally and, therefore, not recorded information
under the FoI Act.

4. Prior to the 7th of February meeting of the scrutiny committee
were any other cabinet members informed that Mr Hunt had resigned
his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all
instances: How and when were they informed of Mr Hunts resignation
and who informed them?

Response:

Councillors Fionuala Foley, Peter Greenhalgh, Dale Heenan, Peter Mallinson, Brian Mattock,
David Renard and Keith Williams have no recollection of being made aware of these issues in the time period specified,
but if so it would have been done verbally and, therefore, have no recorded information under the FoI Act.

5. Prior to the 7th of February meeting of the scrutiny committee
was the chair of the Scrutiny Committee advised by any officer(s)
that Mr Hunt had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on
31/12/10? ? In all instances: How and when was the chair informed
of Mr Hunts resignation and who informed him?

Response:

The Chair of the Scrutiny Committee was not aware prior to the meeting on
7 February. Currently we can find no written evidence of how the information
was passed on to him.

6. Prior to the 7th of February was Stephen Taylor, Swindon Borough
Councils Director of Law and Democratic Services aware that Mr Hunt
had resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In
all instances: How and when was Mr Taylor informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed him?

Response:

The Director of Law and Democratic Services was not aware of this prior to 7th February.
He was told on the evening of the 9th February and this was done verbally by a councillor.

7. Prior to the 7th of February: Did Hitesh Patel, Swindon Borough
Councils Director of Business Transformation know that Mr Hunt had
resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all
instances: How and when was Mr Patel informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed them?

Response:

The Group Director Business Transformation was not aware of this prior to the 7th February.
He was informed on the 10th February via internal email.

7a. Can Hitesh Patel confirm the date on which Swindon Borough
Council registered a charge, (with the appropriate authority), on
the equipment and/or assets of Digital City (UK) Ltd in respect of
the £400,000 secured loan it obtained from Swindon Borough Council?
Please supply documentary evidence that the charge was made, and
that it was made within the required timeframe.

Response:

No charge has been registered .

8. Prior to the 7th of February: Was Gavin Jones, Chief Executive
of Swindon Borough Council aware that Mr Hunt had resigned his
directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all instances:
How and when was Mr Jones informed of Mr Hunts resignation and who
informed him?

Response:

The Chief Executive was not aware of this prior to the 7th February.
He was informed on the 10th February via internal email.

9. Prior to the 7th of February: Was Celia Carrington, Deputy Chief
Executive of Swindon Borough Council aware that Mr Hunt had
resigned his directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all
instances: How and when was Celia Carrington informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed her?

Response:

The Deputy Chief Executive was not aware of this prior to the 7th February.
She was not informed or made aware of this until this FoI question was raised.

10. Prior to the 7th of February: Was Stuart MacKellar, 151 Officer
at Swindon Borough Council aware that Mr Hunt had resigned his
directorship of Avidity Consulting on 31/12/10? In all instances:
How and when was Stuart MacKellar first informed of Mr Hunts
resignation and who informed him?

Response:

The Director of Finance was not aware of this prior to the 7th February.
He was informed on the 9th February by the Director of Law and Democratic Services.

10a. Will Stuart MacKeller be reviewing the investment/loan, or
other financial arrangements, agreements and understandings with
Digital City (UK) Ltd, Avidity Consulting and aQovia Ltd ? In all
instances: Now the loan has been defaulted on, what steps will Mr
MacKellar be taking in his capacity as 151 Officer to recover the
outstanding £400,000 loan and missed interest payments due from
Digital City (UK) Ltd or other individuals and organisations?

Response:

The Director of Finance is supporting the ongoing discussions with external parties
with a view to recovering the outstanding loan.

11. Has, or will, the Head of Audit at Swindon Borough Council, be
asked or required to audit the material facts of the WiFi update
report (as presented to Scrutiny on Monday 7th February 2011)
including, but not limited to, the circumstances surrounding the
registration or non-registration of a charge against the assets of
Digital City (UK) Ltd, the non payment of interest payments by
Digital City (UK) Ltd

Response:

The Head of Audit has not to date been asked to audit issues coming out of
the Scrutiny meeting on 7th Feburary.

12. What steps is Swindon Borough Council
taking to establish why Mr Hunt resigned as Director of Avidity
Consulting Ltd and who is now in legal control of the 30% share of
Digital City (UK) Ltd held by Avidity Consulting Ltd after Mr John
Richard Hunt resigned and was replaced by his wife, Mrs Laura Hunt?

Response:

The Council does not hold information on this matter under the terms of the Freedom of information Act.
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Offline Terry Reynolds

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1197 on: December 05, 2014, 10:09:37 AM »
I dare say there are those who would now say thank god it was all done by phone............. :WTF:

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1198 on: December 05, 2014, 06:16:14 PM »
I see Mr Perkins has just become a director with Swindon UTC...... I wonder if he'll pay a bit more attention this time   :WTF:

Or hopefully at least learn to take notes so that future FOI requests can be answered with a modicum of integrity!

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Re: Is Final Chapter In wi-fi 'Saga' Near?
« Reply #1199 on: December 05, 2014, 07:14:17 PM »
I see Mr Perkins has just become a director with Swindon UTC...... I wonder if he'll pay a bit more attention this time   :WTF:

Or hopefully at least learn to take notes so that future FOI requests can be answered with a modicum of integrity!

No Weeble that should guarantee its success, shouldn't it?

Has Garry retired from his other business activities then?
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