These are the main people who were involved at the time the waster transfer facility began to be built and also who became involved after the scandal broke.

Councillor Rod Menlove

He was Cheshire East’s environment portfolio holder at
the time of the fiasco and stepped down from the Cabinet in a shock resignation over the scandal at a full Cabinet meeting in January 2013.

At the time he said decisions on Lyme Green were made without his knowledge but accepted they were made during his watch.

Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald

Leader of the council at the time of the scandal. He stepped down in May 2012 and is now Mayor of Cheshire East.

At the time he said: “As leader of Cheshire East Council, I want to apologise to everyone who has had cause for concern about this project.

“Important lessons in life are often hard learnt and this is no exception. I accept we could have approached this matter in a much better way.”

Councillor Michael Jones

He was on the cabinet at the time that building work started on the Lyme Green site.

He oversaw a number of resignations after becoming council leader in May 2012.

Has continuously promised to make Cheshire East Council more transparent and open than ever before.

John Nicholson

He was strategic director of places and waste services at the time of the scandal. He received £45,750 compensation for loss of employment from the council after resigning from his role a week after the DIP report was published.

In February 2012 he issued an ‘unreserved’ apology to residents and councillors on behalf of the council after the planning application was withdrawn.

Caroline Elwood

She was a borough solicitor at the council at the time of the fiasco.

She picked up £28,861 compens-ation for loss of employment after leaving a week after the DIP report was released.

Lisa Quinn

She was finance director at the time of the scandal, and left two months after the DIP report was published by mutual agreement.

She received £45,160 compens-ation for loss of employment.

Ms Quinn was director of finance and business services at Cheshire East before joining Capita Asset Services as director in June

She was the S151 Officer for Cheshire East but also led a wider range of services, including finance, ICT,
internal audit, procurement and shared services.

Erika Wenzel

Council chief executive at the time of the scandal. She left the council on June 30, 2013 with a £93,550 severance package.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum

The DIP report praised the questioning of officers by Coun Hilda Gaddum, who represents Sutton ward.

It said: “The first effective public consultation was arranged by the local ward councillor – Hilda Gaddum – [who], in terms of her actions in this matter, is an impressive and fine example of a ward councillor acting in the interest of her local community.”

Judge Fiona Henderson

Judge Henderson presided over the tribunal which found in the council’s favour, meaning it is unlikely that the report will ever be published.