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Bonkers Blog May 2016

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19 May (Part 1) - Whatever was she thinking of?

This blog is one of several relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and linked from the relevant Index page. Together they cover five different subjects all related in some way to Ms. Fothergill.

• Some cover her Code of Conduct Committee hearing which resulted in sanctions against Councillor Fothergill. It was alleged that she used her position as Councillor to obtain a financial advantage. viz. that she bought a bungalow from a vulnerable Bexley resident at an advantageous price.
No evidence that Ms. Fothergill paid less than the market price ever came to light and the alleged victim did not make the written complaint necessary to cause a Code of Conduct hearing. When Bexley Council was pressed to provide evidence it could only point to a document written by a Member of its own Code of Conduct Committee, Judge and Jury.
The probability is that the Leader of Bexley Council was unwilling to forgive the fact that Maxine Fothergill had brought down the Leader’s preferred election candidate by reporting him to the police for more than one theft. The sanctions appeared to be nothing but retribution. The Leader of Bexley Council is renowned for her ruthless retribution.
The police issued a caution.
• Others show how she was alleged to have conducted her business affairs in a way that some of her associates considered ethically dubious and have almost no link to Bexley Council.
• Councillor Maxine Fothergill fought Sevenoaks Council over an unauthorised house extension and lost. There is again no Bexley Council link apart from it becoming clear that her main residence is not in the borough
• When a resident requested a Judicial Review of Bexley Council’s refusal to state that it would always comply with the law they managed to convince a barrister that he was taking issue with them over the entirely unconnected issue of the verdict given by the Code of Conduct Committee Committee in the Maxine Fothergill case.
Nothing could be further from the truth and there is documentary evidence to that effect that Bexley Council lied to their barrister.
Nevertheless the barrister persuaded a judge to refuse to hear the Judical Review and Bexley Council, dishonest to the last, billed the resident the cost of hiring their tame barrister.
• Councillor Fothergill was sued for libel and lost.

You may remember that Councillor Maxine Fothergill has had a little spot of bother with Sevenoaks Council. She built a nice little porch on her house without planning permission. Sevenoaks Council told her to knock it down within three months.

Councillor Fothergill appealed and two days ago Sevenoaks Council published the verdict of the government inspector on their website. (Search for Manor Cottage.)

The Inspector agreed it was a nice little porch but said that the earlier extensions - the house size had been increased by 86% - had “used up” all the allowances that could be made for development in the Green Belt. The appeal was dismissed.

He did make one concession, the inspector allowed six months for the demolition and removal of all rubble from the land.

It’s all rather silly when there was every chance a Planning Committee would have allowed the very small and attractive extension.

Appeal

Extract from Inspector’s decision. Click for full text.

 

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