Bank puts charge on Westminster Councils taxpayer funded communications company.

Things don’t seem to be going well for Westminster City Councils troubled communications company WestCo Trading. This company was set up by the council using taxpayers money to allow Westminster’s bloated communications department to make money for their services, away from any scrutiny by the public.


We now learn that the Allied Irish Bank have put a charge on the company, putting themselves at the head of the queue of creditors and even preventing the directors of WestCo trading from withdrawing any money from the company without the banks say so (download charge document).


Cllr Melvyn Caplan

Cllr Melvyn Caplan

Guess who is the only Councillor on the board of WestCo, Melvyn Caplan, yes the same Melvyn Caplan  that Westminster Councils new leader Phillipa Roe put back in charge as Cabinet Member for Finance.


Job well done?



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A CheesemanMarch 22nd, 2012 at 7:53 am

Its sad that Phillipa ‘Skid’ Roe has no idea what she has taken on as the leader.
Colon Barrow must be cock-a-hoop at letting someone else into the hot seat.

As for Mel Caplin. He has already shown a lamentable lack of any financial acumen.
The moment AIB got wind of him even being the tea-boy for Westco would have been enough to put a cautious charge on the company.

It says more about him than American Express ever could……..

no way joseApril 21st, 2012 at 1:22 am

Hmmm, very interesting. Another interesting fact is that this “bloated communications department” is headed by Alex Aiken, Director of Communications and Strategy, who just happens to be married to Councillor Nicloa Aiken. I am not implying in any way that this relationship provides Mr Aiken with a measure of immunity from normal procedures or scrutiny. I am simply stating a fact.

Mark SaundersJune 21st, 2012 at 10:11 am

Hmm, I wonder how far PATAS has to bend over (backwards or over a barrel, it’s all good) to accommodate the councils that pay their bills before they give up all reasonable pretense of being an “independent tribunal” as required by the ECHR.

Letting one party perform unaudited tampering with the computers that they will use to prove that they haven’t tampered with their evidence – I mean, Jesus wept, you couldn’t make that up.

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