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Bexley Council’s decision on
Councillor Maxine Fothergill was that she could be perceived
to have brought the council into disrepute.
Mr. Bryant wrote to Akin Alabi, the Head of Legal Services to make the point that nothing could be perceived from something the Council was desperate to keep secret.
The answer was obvious, they couldn’t, but Mr. Alabi did not want to be the one who who destroyed the tower of playing cards, so he sent it off to the hapless Complaints and FOI Officer. She replied as follows…
The question, as you can see, has been totally ignored. For the record, Mr. Bryant also posed his question to the Council Leader and her Deputy. The Deputy acknowledged it but there has been no answer from either. What did he expect?
The alleged victim of this affair is close to 100 years old and must obviously be treated with extreme delicacy although there is no indication that her faculties are impaired. Through an intermediary who knows her well she is being asked if she wishes to take the matter further.
Bexley Council’s plan for a news blackout has not stood up well against public opinion.