Mr Perrin’s Blog: In praise of “Do-gooders.”
Date posted: 24-07-2012
A Word in Your Ear from Mr Perrin
In praise of “do-gooders”
“Do-gooders” are sometimes scoffed at or perceived as interfering busy-bodies. There are some “do-gooders” who do what they do simply because they believe it is the right thing to do and there are other “do-gooders” who are motivated by personal gain.
Mrs Deirdre Lodge with her “Awareness” campaign regarding the presence of Toxic Black Mould in Council rented housing is a shining example of a “do-gooder” who falls into the first category i.e. she is motivated by concern for the health and safety of others and despite her own terminal illness, ironically from the effects of Toxic Black Mould, decided to do something about it.
Over the past 12 months she has given most of her time to her campaign and has, until recently, had to contend with opposition and indifference from Thurrock Council, Council Officers and her own Belhus Ward Councillors all of whom are now falling over each other to be associated with her campaign.
What a pity that Councillors, particularly the Belhus Ward Councillors, made no effort to follow up a question from a member of the public which was asked of Cllr John Kent at a meeting of the Full Council held on 22nd June, 2011 and by Mrs Lodge on 1st December, 2011*. Cllrs Charles and Wendy Curtis expressed tacit support to Mrs Lodge whilst at the same time downgrading toxic black mould to a category 4 hazard i.e. “non-risk to life” despite a written statement by the Secretary-of-State for Communities and Local Government that “damp and mould growth is a category 1 hazard i.e. a risk to life”, thereby implying that the Minister and Mrs Lodge are “scaremongering”.
As to Cllr Sue Gray she has shown no interest or concern regarding this issue, either in her role as a Councillor or as Chairperson of the South Ockendon Residents Association [SORA}, along with Cllr Aaron Kiely she chose not to return a pledge of support for Mrs Lodge’s “Awareness Campaign” despite being supplied with a stamp addressed envelope so that it would not incur any expense to her.
Deirdre, I am proud to have been a member of your team. Thank God for “do-gooders”, like you, who selflessly devote themselves to doing good?
The questions and replies given can be read on the Council’s web page. Google “Thurrock Council” and follow the links to Council meetings [Full Council].