AN ISLE of Wight Councillor has demanded to know the sums paid to two former officers wrongly blamed for the Cowes Enterprise College debacle.
Conservative Cllr Chris Whitehouse has written to council managing director Dave Burbage asking how much was paid to Janet Newton and John Brocklehurst, by way of a settlement, after they were suspended over delays to the project and subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.
Cllr Whitehouse, who this week raised concerns the new £32m building would become a white elephant, said: "We really do need to get to the bottom of the massive costs associated with the project. The public interest demands this information should be made available."
In the letter, copied to council leader Cllr Ian Stephens, Cllr Whitehouse said the information should be made available to councillors even though it had not been disclosed publicly.
"It is unthinkable that councillors, who are after all morally and legally stewards of the council’s financial resources and have a duty to ensure prudential financial management, do not know the level of payments which they are in effect being asked to sanction. This situation is simply wrong," he said.