if it is £8k per request and DC's was made on behalf of Portobello Community Council. We have PCC wasting our money, it is simply not on. There is a PCC complaints procedure and if things are the way they appear to be, this needs to be nipped in the bud..
Having said that, if DC made the request "from Portobello Community Council" with the blessing of John Stewart and/or Brenda Moloney it's going to be difficult to get anywhere with a complaint.
If , as DC has declared, the request was made on a purely personal basis, it is still a waste of money and very curious as to why PCC are mentioned.
.....ambition makes you look pretty ugly