Don Buxton probes for information

Date: Monday, 8 August, 2011, 12:27

FOI 2011.08.08 – £25,000 LOAN TO ROTHERHAM UNITED IN 1986


As an active and empowered citizen with an interest in the costs and activities of those who are elected and paid very well to govern our town on our behalf with our consent, I have lately become acquainted with the following story from “25 Years Ago”, p40 of the “Rotherham Advertiser”, Friday 5 August 2011″, and which I reproduce with their consent below:

August 8, 1986

“Rotherham councillors who sanctioned a controversial £25,000 loan to the town’s football club have no idea what interest will be charged. The embarrassing admission was made at a full meeting of the Council this week, when Conservative councillors demanded more details of the loan made four weeks ago.
“We want to know if the loan is secure, when is the deadline for repayment and what percentage interest we are getting from Rotherham United”, asked Cllr Tony Flynn, leader of the Conservative Group. But Cllr Eric Manns, vice-chairman of the Policy Committee which sanctioned the loan, said the details were locked away with the director of the club, Mr Syd Wood.”

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act I require you to provide me with the following information in relation to the above loan that was made with public funds to Rotherham United:

(a) what interest rate was applied to the loan

(b) was the loan secured, and if so, please describe such security

(c) when was the deadline for repayment

(d) was the loan repaid in full and within the agreed term

(e) please supply a copy of the loan agreement

Please supply the above information in electronic format and within the timescale prescribed in the Freedom of Information Act.

Yours Sincerely,

Donald H Buxton  

4 thoughts on “Don Buxton probes for information

  1. Hiya Patrick,

    Welcome back to the Forum after your hols.

    You’re quite right that this issue was raised in the past – err, 25 years ago in fact when you read the Tiser story, tee hee 🙂

    And the answers then were just the same as now. The Muppets down at ole Town Hall Towers didn’t have a clue as to the detail of the public money they’d dished out … plus ca change?

    I’m 100% sure that the awaited RMBC response to this FOI will be made widely available to the readers of this campaigning website.

    P.S. Any news you’ve picked up from within the inner sanctums of t’Labour Party as to whether they’re gonna sit on their hands over the Caution Cabinet Clown?


  2. Hi Patrick,

    You posed the question “do you think I’d share it here?”

    And my answer to you is most definitely not.

    As a Labour Party member who knew dat summat wrong may have taken place …

    I’d expect the secret society of da bruvvers n da sistaz ta keep shtum and hope dat da mess dat da Caution Cabinet Clown created wouldn’t smell too much or be noticed too much and would eventually get trampled inta da THT carpet and eventually disappear inta da heelz of peeps’ shoes …

    But dat wud be hoping too much … cos many of us av got da scent … n we’re on dis case faw da durayshun, iffen da gets ma drift … 🙂


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