----- Original Message -----
From: Barrie Durkin
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 10:08 AM
Subject: Alligations against Cllr Durkin
It has been brought to my attention by a number of members including two of your own group, that you are being quite forward in attacking me on the subject of my raising concerns about various officers and other propertied Issus's.
I find this quite disturbing considering it was you along with another who raised the [redacted] planning issue to me in the first place, showing that [redacted] was giving some of your constituents the impression, that because [redacted] worked for the council [redacted] could get away with not complying with planning conditions.
In fact you will remember on another day we sat in your vehicle for the best part of an hour discussing a way forward, as the council had only covered the [redacted] issue up. We also talked about the bogus allegation against you which you accepted as malicious rubbish to try and undermine my credibility with you.
But in the main the conversation bared more on pursuing your concerns over [redacted]'s house and encouraged me to re-kindle the issue, Yet you now abuse and help cause trouble for me because it appears to serve your personal agenda at the moment.
You will also remember, we both agreed for the avoidance of doubt, that our conversation should be recorded. which it was, I still have my copy, suffice to say, I find your abuse of me quite appalling considering I was only doing what you asked and encouraged me to do, as with Clive McGregor.
The tape recording is with my solicitors and will be used if necessary.
As you have abused my trust and taken to attacking me to other councillors, I will be copying this email to all.
Cllr Barrie Durkin
Although the date of the alleged car meeting is not mentioned, if these allegations are true it clearly shows that there were (and may still be) deep and serious levels of mistrust between Councillors and Senior Officers, with even senior councillors in positions of leadership seeking to undermine certain Officers. The Druid has written before that Interim MD David Bowles' approach of unquestioningly protecting his Officers at all costs may actually be exacerbating rather than alleviating the situation - and the more drip-drip allegations like this that come out, the more likely that mutual mistrust will reach critical levels with terrible consequences for the Council.
Considering the above, it may come as no surprise that WAG Local Government Minister, Carl Sargeant, has already privately asked Recovery Board members to act as Commissioners to manage Anglesey County Council in the event that the Alliance fails. With "named-and-shamed" Councillors now waging all out warfare against the new Alliance's leadership in order to clear their name, how many more blows can the Alliance withstand?