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Council call to retrieve lost paperwork

PUBLISHED: 15:56 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:27 08 July 2010

A DRIVE by a town council to retrieve deeds and other legal documents has led one councillor to call for all past and present members to be subpoenaed.

A DRIVE by a town council to retrieve deeds and other legal documents has led one councillor to call for all past and present members to be subpoenaed.

At a recent meeting of Watton Town Council the town clerk, Jacqui Seal, also escalated the issue saying she had serious concerns that a member of the council had retained a copy of her CV after she was interviews for the post six years ago.

The issue of the missing deeds was brought up after a resolution at previous committee meeting that the town clerk should contact the council's solicitors and seek legal advice on how to go about getting the documents back.

Mrs Seal told the meeting she had yet to hear from the solicitors.

She said: “I can assure you that the deeds and documents are missing. I have written to solicitors and banks and come up against a stone wall.”

The clerk said that all deeds and legal documents were the property of Watton Town Council and went on to raise her concerns about documents relating to staff which she believed an unnamed councillor had in his possession.

She said: “The staff are very concerned that personal information could be in the hands of a current councillor.

Mrs Seal said she was not prepared to say who the person was in an open meeting but added that the matter “concerns me greatly”.

Roy Rudling said that in his opinion all past and present councillors and council workers should be subpoenaed to ensure all the documents were returned.

He said: “(The documents) are not the property of individuals they are the property of the town.

“If it costs a few pounds to this council we are doing it for ratepayers so all the deeds are in this office.”

Councillors resolved to wait until the clerk had heard from the council's solicitors before taking any action.

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