Dave Smith, the Independent candidate for Dinnington Ward, states his case:
Something smells in Dinnington?
“The contempt that the Labour borough councillors show for the people they are supposed to represent can be plainly seen in Dinnington.
The town council voted for a 3% precept rise, when it came back from Rotherham on to our bills this had risen to 3.7%, not a word from Falvey, Havenhand and Tweed our three borough and town councillors.
The borough council, ably assisted by our own borough councillors, closed the council information centre in Dinnington. The town council requested it be put on the list of community assets, at this vote in the town council Falvey, Havenhand voted for it to be listed and Tweed was the one who proposed it; Rotherham turned them down.
One of our churches offered to buy it, this also was refused by RMBC. Then all goes quiet until we see a great picture opportunity for the sister act, Falvey and Havenhand outside our council offices with an organisation called JADE.
A once private company that purports to help hundreds of young people, they hold raves etc. In the Advertiser article JADE say that negotiations have been going on for months, they couldn’t have done it without the help of Falvey and Havenhand. Up until September last year they were a private company, then they suddenly decide to get charity status. This could be some thing to do with the fact that they have got the building from RMBC on asset transfer, and the rules are they must be a charity; but the borough council refused our town council when they wanted it put on the list of community assets.
So whilst our town council, of which Falvey and Havenhand are members, were trying to get the use of the building; this sister act were plotting along with JADE to snatch it from under their noses.
These offices are in the middle of a council bungalow complex. At the same time they were voting to sack three council youth workers for the Dinnington area.
Could this be the beginning of privatisation of youth services in Rotherham, we also need to keep a close eye on our children’s centre maybe Jade and the sister act have their eyes on this as well.”