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Are LibDem Councillors Smart/Clark willfully blind to LibDem corruption?

LibDem Councillors, Lisa Smart LibDem PPC, North Reddish Primary School, SMBC FOI, Vale View School, Vicki Bates, Monitoring Officer, Stockport Council Posted on Sat, December 02, 2023 07:45

They promised in the full council meeting of 4th of October that they would represent me. No response yet to this letter to them.

Councillor Lisa Smart/Councillor Angela Clark
Stockport Town Hall
Edward Street

Date 10/10/2023

Dear Councillor Smart/Clark

You undertook at the full council meeting at Stockport Town Hall on 4th October 2023 to represent me.  My questions have been erroneously branded as being vexatious by Stockport Council from the last time it was under Liberal Democrat control.  It was claimed that I had been rude and offensive.  The Information Commissioner decided that I had not been rude and offensive, but was asking too many questions.   I have that evidence, as does Stockport Council.  The Council has no evidence of my ever having been rude or offensive.   I need you to examine the relevant evidence yourself and decide if the questions were rude, offensive, wasting councillor/officer time or in the interests of public safety or the public purse.  I draw your attention to the relevant government advice, which was in place at the time these questions were first raised:-

It is an offence under the Fraud Act 2006 to act deliberately to cause someone (in this instance the council taxpayer) a loss.

Section 2 – Fraud by False Representation It is an offence to commit fraud by false representation. The representation must be made dishonestly. The person must make the representation with the intention of making a gain or causing loss or risk of loss to another.

  1.  You are building the Vale View School too small deliberately, I told Stockport Council.  Your question is vexatious and you are wasting our valuable time with your constant questions, they replied.

My question to the full council meeting – deemed vexatious.

  • But the Council knew in April 2006 that the school was being built too small, so why was my council meeting question on the subject deemed vexatious in February 2008?
  • The birthrate in the area was rising sharply.

The Council stated in the minutes of a meeting on 26th April 2006 that 555 pupils needed a place at Vale View School, so the above FOI response would appear to be incorrect – also an offence to give an untrue response.

  • On 10th of March 2006 the Council knew the school was being built too small.  “I stress the need for confidentiality.”
  • After the school opened it was admitted that a share of 81 million pounds would have to be spent on school places including North Reddish.

I look forward to your decision as to whether this was well-researched questioning about which nothing was done, or my being a nuisance to busy and important council officers and councillors.  It is a simple matter for you to read through this evidence.  There will be no need to drag this out over weeks and months and I look forward to your response with interest.


Sheila Oliver

c.c. Councillor David Meller

Town Hall



More LibDem Dodgyness?

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Sun, December 15, 2013 07:59

Text of a letter sent by a local resident to this week’s Stockport Express:-

“Thank you, Stockport Express, for revealing the latest twist in the saga of North Reddish School. Local esidents were appalled in September when we discovered that the school had been sold by Stockport Council at a knock-down price of £205k to a group of Birmingham businessmen.

The council was reluctant to reveal this to local residents even though details of the sale appeared on the Land Registry in July and were therefore a matter of public record. Now we are even more appalled to learn that the same group of businessmen plan to sell the buildings on at a potential profif of £500,000. Mr Hussein and his colleagues must be delighted at the possibility of making such a large profit for so little effort.

Is this state of affairs incompetence on the part of Stockport Council or naivety due to the bubble of secrecy they like to operate in? Perhaps Executive Councillor Mark Weldon, Barry Khan, the director of finance and Murray Carr, the head of property services should all go back to school. I understand that Stockport Council has sold another building to the same group of businessmen. Now I wonder that that went for.”

My addition comment to this excellent letter is that Excecutive Councillor Mark Weldon, Council Soliticitor Barry Khan were both involved with a multi million pound offence under the Fraud Act 2006 in deliberately building the Vale View School too small deliberately causing a large loss to the council taxpayers, which is an illegal act.

Lord Goddard. Dodgy LibDems (again)

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Fri, November 22, 2013 16:47

Lord Goddard. The Reason The North Reddish School was not advertised publicly!

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Sun, October 27, 2013 07:21

FOI 7842

25 October 2013 08:35

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI 7842).

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information and our response is as follows.

A sale board was not erected as it was considered that this would be of limited benefit given the location of the building and the possibility that it may attract unwarranted attention as it would indicate that the building was vacant.

05 October 2013 18:03
Dear FoI Officer

Were for sale signs placed at North Reddish School? If so, where and when?

Many thanks


The people who have bought North Reddish School

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Sun, September 15, 2013 15:56

The people who have allegedly bought North Reddish School are based here in Birmingham

It is alleged their names are:-
Amjad Hussain
Saleem Akhtar
Mohammed Rashid
Arshad Mahmood

and it is believed they paid £205,000 for it.

This is what Councillor Kate Butler said she was told by the new owner:-

“NORTH REDDISH SCHOOL UPDATE. I’ve just got off the phone to Mr Hussain, one of new owners of the school.

1. He fully appreciates the significance of the war memorial and – get this – his grandfather was decorated for his service to this country in the First World War.
2. He’s a businessman and wouldn’t be so daft as to damage such a stunning feature of the building.
3. It would be illegal anyway as the memorial is protected by law.

I hope this puts your minds at rest as far as the ware memorial is concerned.

As far as what the new owners intend to do with the school, there was never any intention of turning it into a mosque as, in Mr Hussain’s words “we’re businessmen and there’s no money in running a mosque”. They have identified a need in the general Stockport/Tameside area for a special needs school for children and they are currently looking for a partner who specialises in this kind of thing to turn their investment in the school into a viable business proposition.

Again, to quote Mr Hussain – “We fully intend to preserve the school and its beautiful original features”.

So, that’s the very latest info we have. I should add that we’re as disappointed as everyone else that the council hasn’t been more transparent about what’s happening. I guess to them it’s just a simple commercial transaction but it’s really frustrating for us when they don’t recognise how strong people’s feelings can be about such a significant local landmark.

If anyone wants to get in touch with me my email is or you can give me a ring on 431 5536.


Lord Goddard. No for sale sign

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Sat, September 14, 2013 09:10

No-one ever saw a for sale sign up. So why not?

Councillor Butler looking into the proposed use for North Reddish Juniors School Building

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Sat, September 14, 2013 08:35

Email received from Andrew Gwynne MP 13th September 2012 at 20.20


I fully appreciate the potential issues. The problem is another educational use would not require planning permission as it is the previous use of the building.

I think we need to see precisely what options the owners come up with. Cllr Butler has posted on my Facebook page tonight the owner is possibly looking at some form of special school provision, but I have no other information than that at this stage.

Once I get more clarification of details I will see what options are available to the local community.

Bluntly, SMBC should not have sold the building on without thinking about the possible consequences for the locality, but this is just path of the course with this Council I’m afraid. They didn’t even consult with me. But, hey, I’m only the Member of Parliament!

I will do what I can to support local residents. Let’s see what further details the owners come up with.


Lord Goddard. Why no-one should ever vote LibDem

North Reddish Primary School Posted on Mon, September 09, 2013 19:43

North Reddish Primary and Junior Schools were described by a village green inspector as a perfect example of Edwardian schools.

The people of North Reddish loved these schools which were performing well. LibDem run Stockport Council, against the wishes of local people, said the schools were not fit for purpose and instead of renovating them as local people wanted, closed them down taking public open space illegally to build a prison-like ueberschool directly over a still gassing former toxic waste dump at the whopping cost of £10million plus. They tried to pretend the land wasn’t contaminated – Sager, Webb, Goddard, Schulz, Weldon, Derbyshire, Khan et al, but eventually had to admit it was.

They failed to have the brown asbestos removed properly from the site and when I gave them evidence of the failure to do this vital task properly, they branded me “vexatious” and they still do.

They took playing fields and failed to comply with the stipulations of Sport England and failed to drain the land as they should have done. For some inexplicable reason we were still paying “architects fees” amounting to thousands of pounds one year after the school opened.

Now North Reddish Primary and Junior Schools have been sold off in secret for below the price of an average semi. A Mr Murray Carr, Head of Property Services, told a local resident that a for sale sign had been put up in the last year – not true. They have been sold off for the purpose of creating a new private school! You really couldn’t make this up.

So, never vote LibDem. They are incapbale of telling the truth and dealing honestly with the very people who pay their fatcat allowances. They ignore serious safety concerns and are, in my experience, not fit people to hold public office.