Press release: Ex-Council Leader ‘sacked’ from Local Enterprise Partnership, ‘confidential’ documents reveal

October 13, 2015 by combehavendefenders

Press release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Tuesday 13 October

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Campaigners welcome departure of ‘pro-road, anti-environment’ politician

Peter Jones, the ex-leader of East Sussex County Council, has been ‘sacked’ – according to him – from his position as Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) [2].

Mr Jones had been appointed to the position in August 2013, with an initial contract for two years. In July this year, the Accountability Board of SELEP met to decide whether his contract should be extended.

Consultation had been undertaken with all SELEP board members; 11 responses were received, with only one proposing an extension of the Chair’s term for the rest of the financial year [3]. There was a ‘clear majority’ [4] amongst the Accountability Board in favour of not extending Mr Jones’ contract. According to the minutes of this meeting, ‘It became apparent very quickly after the meeting that Peter Jones had himself informed central government that he had been‘sacked’ [5].

A panel was appointed to make the final decision on July 31: notes on this meeting were put up on the SELEP website, marked ‘private and confidential’ [6]. At this meeting a majority of 4:2 were in favour of not renewing Mr Jones’ contract.

Local campaigners have welcomed Mr Jones’ departure. Speaking for the Combe Haven Defenders, Anthony Bradnum said, ‘Peter Jones has spent years pursuing his pro-road, anti-environment agenda, first as leader of East Sussex County Council and later as Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Over that time he has championed destructive road projects including the Bexhill Hastings Link Road, the Queensway Gateway road and the North Bexhill Access road, as well as being a key supporter of SeaChange’s failed business parks locally. We welcome his departure, and hope that SELEP will now appoint a Chair with the vision to see that East Sussex needs decent public transport and real, sustainable, jobs, not polluting roads and jobs that never materialise.’

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[2] A LEP is a partnership between local authorities and businesses set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities.

[3] – page 14, point 3.13

[4] – page 14, point 3.14

[5] – page 14, point 3.15

[6] – page 17

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