Peter Thorne was cleared after being the subject of two States disciplinary inquiries regarding allegations by Health president Senator Stuart Syvret that he obstructed health inspectors’ investigations into the Trinity landfill application, the dumping of incinerator ash on the waterfront and other planning applications.
Although the investigations found that there was no justification for disciplinary action and Mr Thorne was cleared of deliberately taking inappropriate action, Environment president Senator Philip Ozouf said that significant issues regarding planning procedures had been highlighted by Senator Syvret’s complaints.
Senator Ozouf denied that the review – likely to be carried out by UK planning professionals – was solely in response to the disciplinary investigations.
He said that the need for a review had been highlighted some time ago, both within the department and as part of the States reforms.
If anything, he added, the inquiry had delayed the review.
ould present a threat to human health and water supplies.
He said that the information was never supplied and that when the Planning sub-committee gave approval, they were not fully informed of the facts.
‘That failure to supply information was the most serious in a long episode of deliberate obstruction of the work of the Health Department by the Planning Department,’ he said.
Policy and Resources deputy chief executive Mick Pinel said that the inquiries had been carried out in accordance with accepted procedures and with Senator Syvret’s full knowledge.
He said that the outcome was that the Senator had been unable to substantiate his allegations and that it was usual to release reports into disciplinary procedures.
Mr Thorne was not available for comment.