Council officers caught chatting during scrutiny meeting
COUNCILLOR Karl Wilson came over all schoolmasterly when he caught council officers chatting during his scrutiny meeting.
After spotting them conversing while Councillor Terry Thurogood was asking a question about the draft list of Cleethorpes heritage assets, the panel chairman turned to the main culprit and asked: “Are you going to answer the question, Jake?”
The embarrassed officer sheepishly confessed that he had not heard as he had been talking.
“I know you were. That’s why I asked you,” replied the chairman sternly.
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But his air of authority unraveled when he realised the officer in question was in fact Damien Jaines-White, the economic development manager.
“Jake Newby is the person that would normally take the lead on such matters,” explained Mr Jaines-White.
Councillor Wilson apologised for his faux pas.