Democracy in South Ockendon: Postponed due to fears of violence

FEARS of violence have prompted the South Ockendon Residents Association (Sora) to cancel their next meeting scheduled for Thursday evening.

Last week, YourThurrock reported that 78-year-old community campaigner Peter Perrin was allegedly manhandled during a heated exchange between residents.

With Belhus councillor and chair of  SORA Sue Gray also threatening legal action against some of her residents, community organisation Ngage have advised Sora to cancel the meeting.

Ngage representative Jacqui Payne said:  “Following recent events and publicity stories between SORA and Mr Perrin, I am not sure if it would be advisable to go ahead with your planned meeting this Thursday.

There are so many unresolved issues that need to be addressed. Although both parties have agreed to an arbitrated meeting to look at these, this has not happened yet , therefore the same issues may be aired at the meeting and I do not think this will be good for anyone, including residents, that will have to witness the abuse between the parties concerned

I am also concerned that there may be a public health and safety issue for the residents in attendance, especially if the meeting gets out of hand.”

No date has been set for the new meeting.

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