King, RLK Associates, Havant, Hampshire
22nd January 2010
Re: Previous contacts
I am in the process of trying to put more on the Internet, both in terms
of Web Sites and Blogs.
A little is alluded to and explained on
my Profile on
There is more at
“News Blackouts, Princes and Kings”
on my Blog and at
“Cryptic Havant” on my
“Richard’s Journal” Web
A project that took me five years to set up was taken from me and given
to a Council employee.
Far more meetings than necessary, one pre month, were convened to manage
my project, inviting people from business Link, universities and
business, all to spend £137,000 over two years; the European money my
proposal won. It was a fifty-fifty matched funding project. At those
meetings “non-charge invoices” were requested; “proof of spend” when no
spend had been made. It appears that was part of the process to get the
Government Office for the South East (GOSE) to pay the European Funds;
the Government Office, I later learned directly from them, were
surprised to be taken for fools, they insisted in more proof than
My project was taken from me, given to someone else who was paid full
time and provided with a car, plus locating it in a plush rented Office
at Brambles Lane in Waterlooville, all far, far above what the budget
would stand. It was then taken in a completely different direction and
wrecked. All of those involved then “ran away”. When you are dealing
with Havant Council you are not just dealing with incompetence and
corruption but with abject cowardice as well.
A Council manager told me that spreadsheets submitted by the Council, in
general, not just my project, were fiction and he would be prepared to
tell GOSE how they were made up. The manager was forced out of the
The Well-wisher, a senior former Council Officer at Havant Borough
Council, told me that the said manager returned his Council provided
car, minus its engine and numerous other items; he was not prosecuted.
The Well-wisher who confirmed what I suspected, half new, and along
with information that had leaked out over the years.
Among Havant Borough Council’s misdemeanours were/are:
Misappropriation of European Funds
False Professional Qualifications
The matter of false qualifications arose when I filed a formal complaint
with the Institution of Electrical Engineers, as it was then against a
Council employee who styled himself, on his Council business card “MSc(Eng),
MBA (Harvard), MIEE”. All Corporate Members of a major Engineering
Institution are Chartered Engineers, so his missing “CEng” on his
business card was strange. The letter I received from the Institution of
Electrical Engineers stated that the person concerned was “no longer a
Member”, so they could take no action against him. Actually the
Membership had lapsed some twenty years previously while he was at
Harvard studying for his MBA; that was genuine, I checked with Kim
Clarke, Dean of Harvard Business School. Having got to know the person
concerned, over a year or so, I was not greatly surprised, at least
reading the letter did not result in shock, more a reaction of “of
I advised a number of people, including the then Chief Executive of the
Council, Councillors, the Business Link Hampshire representative who
attended meetings on my project and was on the Board of Havant Borough
Partnership, as well as other Members of the Board of Havant Borough
Despite false professional qualifications being a matter of such basic
dishonesty, normally resulting in instant dismissal, or forced
resignation, the said person was kept on at the Council, in charge of
very considerable sums of money, for another two or three years.
At one stage I was told that the person concerned wanted to sue me for
comments I had made. That was just before I received the letter from the
Institution of Electrical Engineers, as it was then, advising me of his
false qualifications and I wondered what the judge would have thought of
that, thrown the case out, presumably. There was never any action taken,
the Council persuaded him not to proceed; the Council was desperate to
keep me out of the public domain and still is; Council Officers,
admittedly most under instruction, and Councillors do their level best
to avoid engaging with me; hence the ignored E-mails, or minimal
responses and me putting correspondence with the Council on the
internet, more or les as a matter of course.
The Well-wisher had “stand-up rows” with that person, among
others. Honest people in Havant Council seem to be few and far between,
at least in the higher reaches. There was one but I will leave that to
The money that the Council defrauded from the Overmanned Office was paid
back to avoid prosecution; the Government Office only prosecutes if the
money is not paid back, or it amounts to several million Pounds. I am
aware of an intermediate route by which they may have obtained the money
quickly; the organisation they may have obtained it from certainly had
the funds; a fellow Member of the Chamber of Commerce told me how
“flush” they were for totally unconnected reasons.
For reasons that I will explain in another E-mail (this one is getting
rather long) I estimate the cost to the Borough to be in the region of
£500,000 to £1M, perhaps more. That is a loss to the Residents of Havant
which has been kept from them; hence the specific question, given to me
The Well-wisher to ask a specific Councillor.
Apart from the huge monetary loss, the Borough of Havant is governed by
a corrupt Council. I am also aware of another matter of corruption which
certain traders are hoping to flush out in the next year or two; again
there is a Council connection.
Legally, I, or anyone else can say what they like about a Council; you
cannot commit libel, or slander, against a public body, only the
individuals within it. However, I am sure that they are so scared that I
could actually accuse them of things that were untrue, if I wished to do
so, and they would not sue me; they really are that scared of me having
a public voice.
Everything I have written here, told you in person, told other people,
put on the Internet, etc., is totally true to the best of my knowledge
and belief. I have masses of paper and electronic records, some,
especially the later, distributed over the years - computers and discs
at different locations.
I told a reporter about the records and how long it might take to go
through them. The response, “As long as it takes”. Soon afterwards the
reporter was moved out of the area. The
Well-wisher told me that a certain editor was “a neighbour and very
close friend” of a very senior Council Officer.
There is, logically, a very senior Council Officer behind all of this,
though a number of Councillors as well; the names came together over the
years, though I was aware of the Council Officer’s involvement from the
start and that of a very senior Councillor, who went to meet the people
at the Government Office for the South East. The
Well-wisher filled in other names and more details.
Is “Baile Inneraora” one of your favourite tunes, or, maybe, not for
much longer? One of them needs to wait for the second of the young
diarist to precede.
I could really say it, write it, straight out but will do it that way
for the moment.
As I said, when we met on 5th January, I am independently
rated as being worth at least a 10% increase on local tourism. So, apart
from the cost of the Council fraud to Havant Residents, the lost
millions of Pounds worth of business that my Technology Diversification
Centre would have brought to the region and the loss of a free second
bridge to Hayling Island (http://www.rlkassociates.co.uk/RLKA_hisb.htm),
the Council has cost its own Borough in the region of £160 million worth
of tourism business over the last decade, five to eight times that for
the region. Among those people with whom I discussed my story in the
tourism context, was Bob Gumbrill (former Chief Executive of Portsmouth
and South East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce), Dr Jur Bernd Atenstaedt
(Deputy Director General of the German British Chamber of Commerce) and
Business Link Sussex.
It was Bob who was the first to rate me at worth over a 10% increase on
local tourism. If he is correct the loss to the Borough in business
income is well over £1m per month and mounts by that much with each
month of the continued cover-up. Even if Bob was ten times wrong, that
still amounts to a loss to the Borough of close to £2m per year.
The general opinion of many people, over the years, is that the chances
of the above mentioned people being individually wrong in their
estimates of my values to the local economy is extremely low and
collectively it is essentially zero.
I am fully prepared to repeat all of this and more, explain it fully,
discuss it, on a public platform, I have done so on the Internet. Havant
Borough Council will continue to do all they can to prevent me having a
public platform and will collectively pray that what is on the Internet
does not come to wider notice than it has so far. If the Council was
innocent they would allow me my say, particularly to the people of
Havant and refute it, dismiss it, explain the Council point of view and
actions to the Residents and others; the Council will not do that.
events and developments have encouraged me, moved me towards being more
active about all of this again, as well as related matters, but it
involves me in a daunting amount of writing, E-mailing, blogging, etc.,
let alone going back to the manuscript and
I will write again; I think the above is more than enough for now.
Richard King, BTech,
MTech, CEng, MIMechE
Visiting University Lecturer in Engineering and Materials
Associate College Lecturer in Engineering Science and Materials
Member of East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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