AN ALDERNEY States member ‘gazumped’ his own committee when purchasing a vibrating roller and dumper for £3,500, it has been claimed.
Ian Tugby, pictured, a member of Estates and Services, bought the equipment for his company despite his committee making an offer of £2,500 for it.
Chairman Louis Jean has criticised Mr Tugby for buying the machinery and questions have been raised over whether the States member used privileged information to buy the two items.
Mr Jean believed he had solved the situation when he got Mr Tugby to agree to sell the machines to the States of Alderney during the committee’s December meeting.
But Mr Tugby said in light of the media coverage since, he did not know whether he would sell.
Mr Jean said he believed Mr Tugby was wrong to buy the equipment.
‘He gazumped his own committee – he took something that we were trying to purchase for the good of the community.’
Mr Tugby, who owns a contracting company, denied that he had got one over the committee.