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Bonkers Blog January 2016

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27 January (Part 1) - Where the other half lives

The blog below is one of several relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and Bexley Council’s Code of Conduct Committee. This note aims to make it clear that the events reported between December 2015 and the Summer of 2016 whilst accurate reflections of various events, disciplinary hearings and sanctions brought against Councillor Fothergill they are individually insufficient to explain the whole story.

Two members of the Bexley-is-Bonkers team met with Councillor Fothergill at a secret location on 16th September 2016 where she explained to us what had really happened. She was able to convince us that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

There were compelling reasons why Councillor Fothergill should be believed. It seemed likely that the Tory High Command in Bexley had taken revenge on her because Councillor Fothergill had reported one of their associates to the police for theft.

Councillor Fothergill requested that the explanatory note prefixed to relevant blogs (which first went on line a few days earlier) be further strengthened so that readers are fully aware that reported events, whilst accurate at the time, did not reflect her innocence and that Bexley Council’s charge of misconduct and “gaining a financial advantage for herself” was malicious.

This is a modified version of the note Councillor Fothergill asked to be placed here.

I’m told there are four Bexley councillors who don’t live in the borough. Don Massey, Sharon Massey, Maxine Fothergill and if there is a fourth I have yet to work out who it is.

Why do they do it? What’s in it for them? One reason is that it furthers their business enterprises.

It is alleged that Maxine Fothergill brandishes her civic status around as if it is a weapon, threatening everyone from her tenants to police officers with the title Councillor.

Following my request for information I learned that Maxine’s problems are not just local but extend out towards Maidstone too. I even have an email from a Meopham resident who I have known slightly for nearly 30 years who has been able to add to the store of knowledge, none of it good.

But what of this address business? At the last election MF claimed to live at 51 Mayplace Avenue but her principal abode appears to be in Fawkham where she is in trouble with Sevenoaks Council.

Google GoogleIt’s amazing how much one can rake up from Google and its cache. The Mayplace Avenue address was available to rent only a couple of months ago, on the Amax Estates website naturally. What an estate agent can do with an extreme wide angle lens is equally amazing. I doubt the modest semi is a Tardis.

The van parked outside is from JVA Electrical and Property Services. Of Meopham. The property business is a complex mess, no wonder the police didn’t want to investigate it when MF was last reported to them.

Is that enough to be going on with for now? I have two massive boxes of papers to wade through. The best bits are going to Mick Barnbrook, I’m sure there will be one of his letters to the Chief Constable of Kent in preparation already.

If you want to find out what happened at last night’s Cabinet meeting you might be better off looking at the News Shopper. Their reporter was there, which is a great rarity these days. I doubt I’ll have time to write it up until the weekend, if then.


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