Ockendon residents demand “No show” councillor stands down
Date posted: 30-07-2012
AN OCKENDON street representative has demanded that absentee Ockendon councillor, Aaron Kiely “do the decent thing” and stand down from his position.
The call comes after the young Labour councillor missed the monthly council meetings in January, February, March, June and July. There was no meeting in April due to the elections. He appeared briefly at the annual council meeting in May.
Retired and disabled, Tamarisk Road resident John Noon has worked tirelessly over the last year to improve services for Ockendon residents in the Flowers Estate. But he has become angry at the lack of visibility of cllr Kiely.
Mr Noon said: “I enjoy being a street rep and trying to put something back in for the community. But it is a disgrace that a disabled man such as me is doing the donkey work and cllr Kiely does not even have the decency to attend the meetings. Meetings for which he receives a very generous allowance for.
“I think we should have the system in america where if you get enough signatures together, you can get an elected official booted out!”
Cllr Kiely was elected in May 2010. The rules are such that he need only attend one council meeting meeting in six months and can continue to do so until May 2014.
The ruling Labour group are remaining tight-lipped, perhaps aware that with a working majority of just one, they would want to avoid a by-election in a ward which the Conservatives won in May 2012.
YT sent a series of questions to cllr Kiely but he has failed to respond.