The first point is he has not declared the interest and on a previous occasion tried to force an unannounced item for funding to the Village Hall, that was stopped when one of the other councillors reminded him that it was neither on the agenda and he had an interest, so could not propose, second or even vote the item!
It is believed that the Governing Documents actually date back to pre-war, so are flaky at best. They are allowed to borrow, and they are allowed to accept donations. In the past they did come to the PC for an emergency grant as their drains had collapsed, this was granted under the normal grant scheme.
So this 133 tactic is new to us, so this is why we are suspicious as hell, all we can be sure of is this is not a grant application from the VH, it definitely appears to be something else and to be honest we not only smell a rat, we think the Clerk and the Chairman may be acting ‘outside of the law or ethics’