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Sour toner to Richmond Council's printing cap
Richmond Council has introduced a cap on print cartridge claims after a councillor spent almost £1,000 in a 2012/13 claim.
Twickenham Riverside councillor Scott Naylor claimed for £928.83 on colour and black and white print cartridges between April 2012 and March 2013.
Coun Naylor said this was due to the large amount he did within the community, but Councillor Tony Arbour, cabinet member for performance and community safety, said it was not credible that such a vast amount of material could be needed by a single ward member for council business.
Coun Arbour said: “This arose from a routine audit. I understand that Coun Naylor has alleged to officers that the stationery was used for unspecified council matters.
“As a result of this I have imposed a limit on members’ annual use to two black and white cartridges and one coloured. This could of course be varied for justifiable reasons. Councillors are expected to behave responsibly and not waste public money.”
Coun Naylor said the cost of printing cartridges was high because he needed to print council meeting documents each time he attends a meeting and needed to print plans, consultations, drafts, community ideas and community-led designs when discussing proposals and consultations with residents.
Coun Naylor said: “I cannot guess why Coun Arbour simply did not call me. However, I don’t think I have ever had a call from Coun Arbour, or an email, or even a direct conversation really.
“I trust Coun Arbour will pick up the phone next time regardless of whichever party for the best outcomes for the residents and businesses of Twickenham. At least I sat at the same table as Lord True and we knew where we stood when we disagreed.”
Bruce Lyons from the Twickenham Town Business Association backed Coun Naylor, saying the amount of work he put in for the community was not appreciated.
East Twickenham Traders’ Association chairman Perminder Tamana also came to his defence.
He said: “Coun Naylor has been most active, helpful, creative and involved councillor I have ever worked with since the past 28 years I have lived and worked in East Twickenham.
“We must thank him for his interest and efforts in the rejuvenation of the street scene, parking issues and his willingness to meet and discuss issues effecting local businesses and residents.
“Undoubtedly a small amount of money involved with printing is totally outweighed by the huge feel-good factor that now prevails in our village area.”
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