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Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen and Councillors to be asked to disclose any private contact with Clock Tower developer Bob Forrest

The Mayor and councillors say they believe in transparency. So I invite them all voluntarily to disclose any contact they have had with Bob Forrest and Chris Bobyk concerning the controversial Clock Tower development and the associated land swap. I plan to address the issue at the Committee of the Whole on Monday 18 April 2016.

Here is a copy of the letter I sent to them earlier today:

Wednesday 13 April 2016

 By hand to 395 Mulock Drive and by email

 Dear Mr Mayor

The proposed development at the Clock Tower and contact

with Bob Forrest and Chris Bobyk

I should be very grateful if you would give the dates and details of any private or one-to-one meetings you may have had with Mr Bob Forrest and/or Chris Bobyk concerning (a) the proposed land swap and (b) the development more generally, including height. To be clear, the meetings I have in mind would be those where a member of the Town’s staff was not present. I should like to know what was discussed.

Additionally, I should be grateful if you would let me have the dates and details of any emails and/or phone conversations you may have had with Mr Forrest and/or Mr Bobyk where the emails were not copied in to Town staff and where the phone conversations were not conference calls involving Town staff.

I hope to address the Committee of the Whole on Monday 18 April 2016 on this matter and it would be helpful to have your response before then.

I am writing to the Mayor, regional councillor and all councillors in the same terms and I am copying this to Mr Shelton, the Chief Administrative Officer, and to Mr Brouwer, the Town Clerk.

I am most grateful.

Yours sincerely

Gordon Prentice


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