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Bonkers Blog September 2013

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14 September (Part 1) - Fantasyland

Dear Mr. Barnbrook,

I have considered your complaint that you were excluded from the Public Realm, Community Safety, Economic Development and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 19th June 2013 and having spoken to the Chairman I can confirm that she did indeed refer to the reconvened meeting as being in Closed Session. This was a mistake for which the Chairman and I would like to apologise.

Mr. Moore, Director of Corporate Services, immediately issued instructions to all councillors within two days of the mistake being made and I can assure you that there will be no repeat of this procedural error.

Yours sincerely,

Lynn Tyler
Legal Services Team Manager

And Michael Barnbrook replied…

Dear Mrs. Tyler,

Thank you for your letter advising me of the steps taken to prevent a recurrence of what was an illegal act and I am happy to accept your assurance that nothing like it will happen again.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Barnbrook

How nice that would be if any of that was true. Unfortunately Bexley council will never admit it can be wrong. I have so far seen 16 pages of reply to various complainants and apart from the extract shown below, every one of them is crammed with wall to wall lying. With each letter Bexley council digs itself further into the mire.

Closed Session

The latest missive from Mrs. Tyler is a corker (details next week) and she summons up even more statements without a shred of substance behind them. Many man hours must have been expended by Bexley council trying to lie themselves out of a hole and to my knowledge there are two letters still to be answered.

Inevitably the case will go to the Local Government Ombudsman sooner or later. How very different things would be if Bexley council was honest. If they had put their hands up and admitted their mistake the whole subject would be over and done with and half forgotten. Lots of money saved and It’s not as though anyone would be able to do anything about Bexley’s law breaking. For a start they have their tame police force to protect them.

Click extract above to read one of Mrs. Tyler’s letters.


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