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Bonkers Blog June 2013

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27 June (Part 5) - Cheryl Bacon and the consequences of her uselessness

Peter AylingFor reasons best known to himself Michael Barnbrook made a Freedom of Information request to the police seeking the time at which they logged the call from Bexley council on the evening of 19th June asking them to evict a man from the council chamber who insisted on clutching a broken dictation machine. My notes reveal that it was at 19:57 that the Hallkeeper (doorman to you and me) reported the police might take up to an hour to get there. The call must have gone in just before 19:55 but I think Mick wants to show that putting the meeting into ‘Closed session’ at 20:15 was not only illegal, it was unreasonable after waiting only 20 minutes.

The police were quick to respond to the FOI request. They said that giving Mick the time fell foul of the Personal Information exemption of the FOI Act. If you want to know the time ask a policeman - except in Bexley where he appears so often to be in corrupt cahoots with Bexley council.

As it was Nicholas Dowling who was the recorder clutcher he has volunteered to resubmit Mick’s FOI under his own name. Probably it will not be in the Public Interest. Several people and not just the usual suspects, have told me that Superintendent Peter Ayling is in the same mould as Dave Stringer. Bad news if so.

Eighty five year old Peter Gussman, not a name you have seen here before, has sent me a copy of his complaint to Bexley council after he took the trouble to turn up to hear the plans for his local High Street (Sidcup) and was turned away from the illegally closed meeting.

Mr. Alabi is the council’s Legal Officer and he has had my request to take a photograph in the council chamber as Eric Pickles has suggested I do, since 18th June. Somewhat in excess of their ‘five days’ correspondence policy.

Dear Mr.  Alabi,
I wish to make a formal complaint against Councillor Cheryl Bacon for being inconsiderate and disrespectful towards me.

I attended the Civic Centre on 19th June 2013 at 7.30pm to be present at the meeting of the Public Realm and Safety Committee as a member of the public and a resident of Sidcup. The meeting did not commence due to the fact a member of the public insisted on recording the above meeting, the Chairman Councillor Cheryl Bacon stated this practise was not allowed. After repeated warnings to the individual the Chairman arranged for the Police to be called to escort the person off the building. Before the Police arrived the Chairman Cheryl Bacon announced that the meeting would take place in closed session all the members of the Committee then left the main chamber.

I wish to state that the described altercation had nothing to do with me whatsoever, I was just sitting quietly waiting for the advertised public meeting to start. On leaving the chamber the Chairman showed no interest or consideration to the fact that I and others were in attendance. Therefore, I wish to know what right the Chairman had to abandon a Public meeting. There was no reason why the Chairman could not have started the Public Realm meeting after the Police had arrived and escorted the individual from the building.

Yours sincerely,


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