Serious questions need to be asked about the way Peterborough & Cambridgeshire Combined Authority is being run say the Lib Dems.
August has seen Mayor Palmer's appointment of a Conservative colleague of his on a salary of at least £100,000 and today it has emerged that the Chief Executive (on £150k) is on 'Gardening Leave'.
"What on earth is going on at the Combined Authority?" said Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, chair of the committee that scrutinises the Combined Authority.
"I am deeply concerned to hear that Martin Whitely is on extended leave, and I am sure the Scrutiny Committee will want to look into his continued absence.
"The Combined Authority has very very few senior staff with any length of service. The CA doesn’t have a permanent Chief Financial Officer, with a new interim Financial Officer just having replaced the previous interim Financial Officer.
"The Scrutiny Committee has had major concerns about the quality of information being presented, with better financial papers due to be presented in September. I am very very concerned at the lack on continuity of planning already, and the absence of the Chief Exec would add to those concerns."