It seems that the brooms are in Craigmillar as we type. Councillor Ian Perry with the full backing of the leader Teflon Don is sitting in a meeting of the Craigmillar Social Inclusion Partnership (SIP) Board asking the self-appointed community leader and disgraced ex-councillor, Paul Nolan, to answer questions that he has been ‘representing’ the residents of Craigmillar through a series of Conflicts of Interests
It seems the following letter arrived in the hands of Councillors and has been doing the rounds of the Council offices.
To Whom It May Concern
We write to request that you take immediate steps to initiate an inquiry into what we believe to be gross conflicts of interest regarding the current chairperson of the Craigmillar Social Inclusion Partnership Funding Panel and board member of the said Craigmillar Partnership.
We understand that Mr. Paul Nolan is currently chair of two groups which receive funding from Craigmillar Partnership, namely, CafÃ© K and Craigmillar Childrenâ€™s Services. He is also director of another three organizations, Capacity Building Project, Haywired and PhoneLink who also receive funding from said funding panel. The total projected funding to be given for these projects is almost Â£700,000 which is in excess of 40% of the money that is coming from the Social Inclusion Partnership fund and a lot of these funds are match funded by the European funds.
As all these organizations are currently receiving funding from the Craigmillar Partnership through the Funding Panel and we believe that there is a clear conflict of interest as Mr. Nolan is also Chairperson of said Funding Panel and a member of the Craigmillar Partnership Board. It is the appearance to the community that Mr. Nolan is funding his own projects to the detriment of other projects in the area.
Having reviewed all the minutes that have been made available to us from Craigmillar Partnership, we can find no instances where Mr. Nolan has excluded himself from voting to award funding to his own projects, indeed from what we are led to believe from other funding panel members, any votes the panel have are 3/2 votes in favour of Mr. Nolanâ€™s proposals with Mr. Nolan effectively ending up with the casting vote to award. We have also been at meetings where he has attempted to remove funding from at least one group in which he has no control, and award those funds to one of his own groups; however, that group which Mr. Nolan dismissed has overwhelming and documentary support from the community. It has also been advised the Mr. Nolan directly and personally recommended the funding for Business Incubator, Capacity Building Project, Craigmillar Childcare Services and MIME â€“ all of these projects are definitely match funded by European funds.
According to the Code of Guidance for Social Inclusion Partnerships on dealing with conflicts of interest, â€œA member should be regarded as having an interest in a project or activity (or in the provision of services) if:-
(a) his/her spouse or partner, sibling, son/daughter or other close relative;â€
Craigmillar Childcare Services employs Mr. Nolanâ€™s partner and is run by his Cousin who has the position of Director of the Management Team.
Because of the above, we feel that the conflict of interest is clearly evident and we request immediate attention to this problem for the sake of the community.
This could be the beginning of the end for Nolan – further information to this site indicates that the News of the World already have an ongoing investigation. This is not the first time that Nolan’s resignation was asked for, at least once before he he was asked to resign from all the things he runs – he threated to waste the community’s money by taking the partnership to court for a breach of his human rights.