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News and Comment October 2012

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10 October (Part 1) - Parking fines. Exposing Bexley’s dishonesty. (Episode 4)

Greg TippettRight, where were we? Man with blue badge parks on double yellow lines. ‘No loading’ signs obscured or absent. Fined. Protested twice. Told all evidence thoroughly examined and he had no case. Provided incontrovertible evidence to the contrary. Bexley caved in. End of the matter? Not a bit of it. Some people don’t like being lied to.

The next stage was a handwritten letter to Greg Tippett, Bexley council’s ‘Authorised Officer’ querying the stated reason for cancellation. viz. “The case is now closed.“ What sort of reason is that?

The ex-policeman was left waiting for an answer for several weeks during which he made six phone calls to Mr. Tippett who was on leave, out of the office, at a meeting, going to call him back, and twice unwilling to speak. On 26th October 2009 a formal complaint about Greg Tippett’s failure to answer questions was hand delivered to Chief Executive Will Tuckley and on 6th November Tina Brooks (Parking Manager) responded to the complaint…

Response to complaint
She added “I am satisfied that the matter is now concluded”. Fat chance! Tina Brooks had tried Bexley’s favourite subterfuge, not answering the question. The reason for the cancellation remained a mystery. Then in mid-November a letter dated 16th October showed up…
…which prompted another question on 23rd November. “What was the date of the site visit?” Despite the promise of re-marking chevrons, on 31st January the following year the ex-policeman went to look for them only to be disappointed. How else was Craske going to keep the revenue flow up?

This story is reported in an indeterminate number of episodes. A cumulative version is provided for convenience.


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