Mayor defends £19,000 repair bill
CAMBORNE'S mayor has defended a decision to use a firm run by the former locum town clerk's father to carry out £19,000 of repairs to a controversial council building.
Mike Champion said it was his proposal to use Wilsher Plant to repair the handyman building on the Barncoose Industrial Estate at Redruth.
He made the proposal at a handyman workshop subcommittee in November.
Although Wilsher Plant is run by the former locum town clerk Sarah Wilsher's father, it was the only company to put forward a cost estimate, he explained. He then added the council had asked three companies for quotes.
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Members of the council had said they were "shocked" when they saw the £19,000 repair bill and had no knowledge it was going ahead.
It has been argued it should have been discussed by the full town council and not by a subcommittee of the council.
Councillors criticised the mayor for going ahead with the decision.
But Councillor Champion has now accused councillors of "dragging his name through the mud" and has defended the decision to get the work done.
He also said he felt he has been "attacked" by members of Camborne Town Council and that the people of Camborne deserved better than bickering councillors.
He said: "It's all blown out of hand. I wanted to get the job done.
"The work needed to be done. A couple of companies were approached, along with Wilsher, and they were the only ones who came back to us."
The spat has sparked a request for an independent investigation.
Mr Champion said he welcomed the investigation but has raised concerns over how much it would cost.
Camborne Town Council's budget and development committee recommended to go ahead with the investigation at a meeting on December 19.
The full town council will decide whether to do so at its meeting tonight.
Ms Wilsher left her position as locum town clerk on December 20.