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IS SIMON KNOYLE WITHHOLDING PUBLIC INFORMATION?

QUESTION:

WHY ARE YOU KEEPING THIS INFORMATION A SECRET FROM THE PEOPLE OF GLYNNEATH?

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ORIGINAL FB POST TEXT - CLICK HERE

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23.jpg (294801 bytes)   This is Councillor Simon Knoyle's facebook account and and this is Simon Knoyle
22.jpg (194246 bytes)   He has more than one facebook account but this is the one he uses to conduct his business as a councillor. He is a Neath Port Talbot County Borough County Councillor and also a Glynneath Town Councillor
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  On the 27 March 2021. Councillor Knoyle posted information about the Heol Glyn development that had not previously been made public. He posted information about a document containing the results of chemical testing from soil at the Heol y Glyn site. He states that he had used this document in his role as a county councillor and undertaken due diligence in relation to the testing results contained in the document, he states in his post: 

"I was provided with a copy of the WAC (Waste Acceptance Criteria) Tests which were carried out on 7th October 2020 - I received this confidentially, hence the reason I have redacted the image below. You will see that there are many contaminants identified in the samples, this is just a snippet of Sample 04 taken on 20th October 2020."

16-document.jpg (286980 bytes)   However, what the public can see from the document is that the results of the chemical tests have been blacked out completely.
15.jpg (39072 bytes)   This is close up of the blacked out area
14.jpg (48543 bytes)   And this is it closer again, feint but illegible numbers can just about be made out.
13.jpg (117089 bytes)   Simon Knoyle has been elected to office by the people of Glynneath and he represents the people surrounding the Heol y Glyn site in two roles, as a Glynneath Town Councillor and a Neath Port Talbot Council County Councillor. 
20-nolan1.jpg (254287 bytes)   If we refer to the UK Government guidelines for elected officials 
18-nolan-intro.jpg (260859 bytes)   These are "The Seven Principles of Public Life"  which are also known as the "Nolan Principles". They apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder. This includes all those who are elected or appointed to public office.............
    If we scroll down to principle 5 on these principles "Openess" we will see that........
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Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

21.jpg (740800 bytes)   If we refer again to Simon Knoyle's facebook post on 27 March 2021 he says that.........

" I was provided with a copy of the WAC (Waste Acceptance Criteria) Tests which were carried out on 7th October 2020 - I received this confidentially, hence the reason I have redacted the image below. You will see that there are many contaminants identified in the samples, this is just a snippet of Sample 04 taken on 20th October 2020."

11-readacted.jpg (128924 bytes)   if we focus on the word "redacted" in this statement
12-redacted.jpg (303344 bytes)   and if we take a look at the google definition of the word redacted

Redaction in its sanitization sense (as distinguished from its other editing sense) is the blacking out or deletion of text in a document, or the result of such an effort. It is intended to allow the selective disclosure of information in a document while keeping other parts of the document secret.

24.jpg (169900 bytes) 10.jpg (369414 bytes)   We will see that "redaction" is censorship or secrecy. Considering there are many eyewitness reports of potential toxic waste being dumped at the site, we are concerned that Councillor Knoyle is keeping this information secret from the people of Glynneath to support his construction consultancy business (SAK Consulting) as opposed to performing his role as a Neath Port Talbot and Glynneath Town Councillor in support of the residents bordering the site. 

To quote from an email dated 6 April 2020 from Councillor Knoyle in which he stated:

The only thing that I would say is, we are in a period of time where we do not know what will
happen tomorrow, I am still trying to carry on working ( I have my own business as a Freelance
Quantity Surveyor as you know ) and I cannot furlough myself as I am still trying to continue
working. 

It should also be noted that at the planning meeting on 8 September 2020, the only two people from Glynneath who supported the development were Councillors Knoyle and Morgan, there were 40 residential properties bordering the site who placed over 80 representations objecting to the development yet it was the two local councillors whose job it was to support those residents who were the only ones in favour of the planning application. 

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  To refer to a previous post on the same facebook account on the 23 March 2021 Councillor Knoyle stated the following: 

"It is also worth noting that the site is no longer owned by Enzo Homes and has been purchased by another Developer who I have also spoken with. The test results indicated that the site had a small number of known contaminants which can be remediated."

This statement would indicate that the land has yet again been tested as contaminated and the 'redacted' segment of the document previously mentioned may contain this information. Quite clearly Councillor Knoyle is keeping this information secret from the people of Glynneath as he is document containing information about the 2008 post contamination process and a potential breach of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act. This information contained in this document he has hidden from the people of Glynneath since April 2020.

16-document.jpg (286980 bytes)   To conclude:

Simon Knoyle has made it known publicly that he has used this document in his role as a Neath Port Talbot and Glynneath Town Councillor, therefore this document is public information. He has also indicated in his statements that the land has recently been tested as contaminated. If this is so, the people bordering the Heol y Glyn site have a right to know this information.

We would like to ask Councillor Knoyle the following question:

WHY ARE YOU KEEPING THIS INFORMATION A SECRET FROM THE PEOPLE OF GLYNNEATH?

 

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    Where did you get this information from?

Who were the specialists that confirmed the waste has been classified as inert?

As a holder of public office, why are you keeping this information secret?

     
     

ORIGINAL FB POST TEXT

So the previous post and snippets of a letter dated 26th May 2020 indicate the position of why no works were carried out on the land until late last year.
Undertaking further due diligence, I was provided with a copy of the WAC (Waste Acceptance Criteria) Tests which were carried out on 7th October 2020 - I received this confidentially, hence the reason I have redacted the image below.
You will see that there are many contaminants identified in the samples, this is just a snippet of Sample 04 taken on 20th October 2020.

I have spoken to specialists about these WAC results and they have confirmed to me that the waste has been classified as “Inert”.
This does not close out the issue and as I have stated previously, both Ward Members and GTC have requested that further and deeper testing take place, this is included as a Condition of Planning, it is suggested that illegal tipping took place on the site and we still need to carry out tests to see if this is correct or not.

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