28 January 2015

4AllOfUs: A Statement

Some unsolicited, anonymous comments have been received over the last few days about a limited company and a businessman who lives locally.

Some of the comments were attacking the company and some were in favour of the company.

The vast majority of the comments did not name anybody, or name any company, as the subject of their comment.

Some comments were of an anonymous 'poison pen' variety.

Indeed, HPT readers complained that this whole affair was anonymised in the comments and  that it was impossible to tell who was being criticised or praised or either.

Yesterday Scott Buckler, a director of 4 All Of Us, got in touch with HPT and self-identified that he thought it was his company which was being attacked, and that if that was the case then it was unfair and wholly unsubstantiated criticism, and that on that basis it should be removed.

As soon as the real situation has been made clear to us, we have happily and immediately removed all of the complained-of correspondence etc on this subject from HPT.

We are delighted to make it totally clear that there is no question or implication of any impropriety whatsoever on the part of anyone connected with 4allofus.org.uk, the limited company of that name, or Scott Buckler.

We don't accept that any of this matter would give rise to a justifiable cause of legal action.  However, if any distress has been caused as a result of this matter then we apologise sincerely and unreservedly.

We are grateful that this briefly-arising situation has been brought to our attention so that it could be promptly dealt with.

27 January 2015

Oil On Troubled Water. Hopefully.

The following email, which has been verified as genuine, has today been received by High Peak Transparency from Scott Buckler of 4AllOfUs.Org.UK

It addresses and settles some of the recent unsolicited comments* in the public comments area of this site:

"I was contacted today by Lynn Bannister regarding a post on your blog site- http://highpeaktransparency.blogspot.co.uk/

"Please be assured I never wrote that post at 21.34 on 24th January. I am absolutely furious and upset that someone has done this but be assured it is not me.

"I am working closely with Lynn, who is behind the festival, on a number of community events and we have no issues between each other. I think what Lynn and the committee does is excellent and fully support this and all other events in New Mills.

"I run a Ltd Company operating as a social enterprise. We aim to support young people in the High Peak via platforms and events such as CAN Inspire and The Teenage Markets. We re-invest a percentage of our profits taken from our core events and consultant business and re-invest into projects supporting young people, health and environment.

"I admire your blog after reading it and it is something that supports transparency so keep up the good work."

* subsequently deleted.  See the following article, dated 28 January 2015

14 January 2015

Today, a rare picture inside HPT offices for our loyal readers... 

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  - Benjamin Franklin

Back soon with more news of local politics goings-on

11 January 2015

Document of Record: Tapegate Audio Recording In Full

So that all interested parties can see for themselves that the Tapegate transcripts published on High Peak Transparency are as accurate as the technology allows, we now publish below the link to the original unedited recording.

The recording took place between 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning of 16 April 2013.  The recording location was the offices of the town hall in New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire.

Upon listening to the recording, if any person is able to improve or fill in any of the gaps in HPT's published written transcript then please email us direct on highpeaktransparency@btconnect.com

If proposing any changes to the written transcript, please be sure to state at what time during the recording the suggested improvement takes place.  (hour : minute : seconds)

Warning:  The link below is to a recording that contains explicit language which some may find offensive.

If you are offended by swearing and explicit language then do NOT listen to this recording.

Link to Tapegate recording: