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Hunt for council ‘mole’ to be launched

Marischal College in Aberdeen
Marischal College in Aberdeen

The city council is poised to launch a mole hunt after private information was allegedly leaked to the former leading councillor at the centre of the “wallgate” controversy.

Last month, the authority’s internal report on the matter cleared former finance convener Willie Young of any wrongdoing and councillors voted to send a letter of apology.

Jenny Laing: Council showed ‘clear failure’ on wallgate

Just days before the local elections in May, it was alleged that the former Bridge of Don Labour member had authorised a £200,000 cycle path repair project on land owned by his father.

Led by publicly-funded cycling charity Sustrans, the scheme was halted when it emerged that proper approvals were not in place and that neither Mr Young or his father had given the go ahead.

A report on the issue revealed massive failings in the council’s governance structure with no notes taken and that officers had lacked the required training to keep track.

The author of a popular social media page reported that he met with Mr Young and was shown unredacted sections of the report not available to the public.

“Wallgate was dirty tricks” says Willie Young

Mr Young robustly denied he had shown any information that had not already been published publicly.

Liberal Democrat group leader Ian Yuill has since asked the council’s head of legal to find the leak.

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