The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex has authorised Dorset Police to institute proceedings against Dorset County Council Leader, Spencer Flower, 72 of Verwood, with three offences under section 31 and 34 of the Localism Act 2011.
These relate to his involvement with East Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council. John Locke, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit said, “It is alleged that whilst Cllr Flower was leader of East Dorset District Council he failed to declare his interest in Zebra Property Solutions LTD (ZPSL), a company for which he was a Non-Executive Director. It is also alleged that he failed to declare his interest in the same company to Dorset County Council.The third allegation relates to Cllr Flower failing to disclose his interest in Synergy Housing Ltd (SHL), a company, in which he was also a Non-Executive Director, before a meeting of Dorset County Council on 25 February 2013 at which its Core Strategy for the provision of social housing was discussed. It is alleged that Cllr Flower participated and voted during this meeting.”
Cllr Flower has been asked to attend Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on 2 December 2014.