Independent Ripon councillors defend failure to declare ‘dormant’ company

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Ripon City Councillor Andrew Williams says he did not declare his company on his register of interests as it was a ‘dormant company’.

Foss Islands Media, the company which Coun Williams is a director of, was registered to the Mayor of Ripon’s address until two weeks ago.

Despite the company’s registered address changing to a property belonging to Coun Williams, residents questioned why neither councillor had declared an interest in the company.

Coun Williams said: “In September 2014 a friend and I, not Coun McHardy, trialled a business model and we set up Foss Islands Media. 

“We produced a handful of demonstration videos and realised very quickly that the business model would not be financially viable.

“Foss Islands Media has never traded, it has never held a bank account and consequently as it has nil value and was a dormant company not trading, it was not declared on my register of interests following my reelection to the city council in May of this year.”

Coun Pauline McHardy said: “I have not failed to register a declaration of interest in the business called Foss Islands Media for the simple reason that I have no interest to declare.

“If anyone wishes to pursue this further with Standards feel free to do so.”

Harrogate Borough Council explained it was a member’s responsibility to declare a register of interest.

A spokesperson said: “Should the council receive a complaint concerning a member’s expressions of interest, we would investigate to see if a breach of regulation or code of conduct issue has occurred.”