Councillors have finally been officially told that cash spent on a private operation for the town clerk has been paid back.
And on Monday the hitherto anonymous benefactor was revealed as town councillor Shirley Crickmere.
A report about the repayment, which was only sent to councillors the day before the Journal published its story, and nearly two weeks after the cheque for £6,900 had been given to Cllr Warwick Hirst, insisted that town mayor Cllr Geoffrey Jaggard had known about it when it was handed over on August 30. But when he was asked by the Journal on September 11 if the money had been paid back, he said he knew nothing about any repayment.
The report, written by the mayor and Cllr Warwick Hirst, stated: “Cllr Jaggard was not aware at that moment that the cheque had been cleared and declined to acknowledge the council had received it.”
By then, the external auditor, currently investigating the operation payment on behalf of town resident, Ian Bedford, had already asked for proof that the money, which the majority of councillors had still not been officially told about, had been paid.
Councillor Crickmere, who was thanked by councillors for her gesture, said: “I repaid the money to the council.
“As the mother of a daughter who went through this painful condition I knew what Isabelle was going through. My family are related to Isabelle’s father-in-law. I repaid the money spent by the council in memory of my husband. I love this council and we all try to do a lot for the town. I knew the situation Isabelle was in and I wanted to help her.”
The auditor’s report is expected by the end of this month.