Blackout imposed over Compass

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AN information blackout has been imposed on the latest report about the activities of Compass Point Business Services - the private company set up by East Lindsey District Council and South Holland District Council to run back office services for the two authorities.

At ELDC’s annual meeting, attempts by members to raise questions in public session were refused, on the advice of acting chief executive Stuart Davy, by new chairman Coun Stan Avison on the grounds that the information was “exempt”.

The decision angered Labour Group leader Coun Tony Howard and his party colleague, Coun Mark Anderson, with the latter complaining that the continuing secrecy about CPBS undermined the council’s claim to be open and transparent.

“It’s shaking public confidence,” he warned.

However, the authority’s legal advisor, Eleanor Hoggart, said the meeting should accept the chairman’s ruling.