Last year DTC gave £850 to FODOS towards their legal fees, which the Council’s clerk stated could be challenged and seen as a possible misappropriation of funds. Despite this, the Council voted last month to give FODOS a further £1,500 towards their legal fees, subject to checks and clarification about how the money was to be used.
The legal fees are to be used by FODOS to submit an application to register the Eastern Way playing fields as a ‘town green’, in an attempt to thwart the efforts of DDC to turn this under-used resource into the WaterSpace terminus of the proposed Daventry Canal.
On top of which there is likely to be additional legal costs from DDC to fight the legal challenge by FODOS. All this unnecessary expense will have to come out of local taxpayer’s pockets.
Demands have been made by local residents for answers to ten questions:
1. Who are the individuals behind FODOS? This is apparently an unregistered organisation with no more than 10 members.
2. Does it have a constitution?
3. Does it have charitable objectives?
4. What is the registered address of this organisation?
5. Is this organisation politically motivated?
6. Do members of DTC have any connection with FODOS?
7. Have all relevant interests been declared by members of the Council in the funding of FODOS?
8. To whom are funds being paid?
9. Have proper accounting records been kept of how the funds have been used?
10. What ‘checks and clarifications’ are to be made by DTC about how the money is to be used?
Neither DTC nor FODOS have come forward to adequately respond to these and other questions that are being circulated over this matter.