Belhus councillors slammed for “hi-jacking” community campaigns
Date posted: 07-09-2012
A NUMBER OF Belhus residents have complained that their local councillors are hi-jacking their campaigns.
Relationships have never been great between a certain section but appeared to have hit a new low.
Dee and Simon Lodge of Aveley Road has been given national acclaim for her campaign to address the problem of mould in Thurrock houses.
But they have now distanced themselves from the council’s campaign as they felt the local councillors were “grandstanding”
The Lodges appear to have a long standing feud with the chair of the health and well being committee, cllr Wendy Curtis and fellow Belhus councillor, Sue Gray.
Dee and fellow residents were unhappy that they initially were barred from a “task and finish” group even though it was their democratic right to be there.
Dee has now distanced herself from the council’s campaign but will continue to campaign down the line she wants to take it.
Dee’s complaints have been echoed by an Ockendon street rep, John Noon, who has complained that Ockendon councillor, Sue Gray has taken over his campaign to improve street lighting and security on the Tamarisk Road bridge.
Mr Noon said: “It is the worst of both worlds. We either have councillor Kiely who has the profile of Lord Lucan round here or we have cllr Gray who has taken over my campaign with her high-handed manner.
“It is all about her campaign and her friends and not about the bridge.
A resident, who did not wish to be named, defended the councillors. They said: “You cannot have it both ways. These councillors have joined campaigns, taken up the causes and are working hard to get results.”
Cllr Gray was unavailable for comment.