I won’t let bul­lies force me from town

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BERNARD FA­GAN Avon­dale Drive Hayes RW TEAGUE Church Road Uxbridge

I AM writ­ing in re­sponse to Mary Slade’s rather strange, fac­tu­ally in­ac­cu­rate, ram­bling let­ter that ap­peared in your June 22 edi­tion.

Frankly I feel sorry for the woman be­cause, apart from being fix­ated with Janet Gardner, she clearly does not know what the role of an elected coun­cil­lor should be.

What­ever Ms Slade in her role as pres­i­dent of the Janet Gardner Fan Club may think, it is not the func­tion of an elected coun­cil­lor to try (and fail mis­er­ably) to play any­one ‘like a fid­dle’. At this point I would like to point out to Ms Slade the wis­dom (or lack of some) in men­tion­ing any­one who re­ceives al­most £11,000 per an­num for ex­penses/al­lowances, has a not very good at­ten­dance record and the word ‘fid­dle’ in the same sen­tence.

This is not some­thing that I would do re­gard­less of how ‘many chips I may, or may not have on my shoul­ders’.

Ms Slade is en­ti­tled to her opin­ion, as I am en­ti­tled to mine. I am not an­noyed as the ‘played like a fid­dle’ re­mark seems to sug­gest, but I am con­cerned that an elected coun­cil­lor could ap­pear to gloat over what she thought a per­son’s ac­com­mo­da­tion problems were, then go on to lie un­nec­es­sar­ily about people who have played no part in our ex­change what­so­ever. These is­sues are of con­cern to me if not to the syco­phan­tic Ms Slade.

Ms Gardner’s sup­port­ers can use any eu­phemism they wish to de­fend their be­liefs, but for the love of all that is sa­cred and truth keep their com­ments fo­cused on the is­sues, as Ms McDon­agh did in her let­ter of June 22.

Given Ms Slade’s ap­par­ent hero­ine worship of Ms Gardner, she may wish to rep­re­sent her at the stan­dards board hear­ing that the in­jured Ms Gandy re­ferred to also in your June 22 edi­tion.

With­out wish­ing to prej­u­dice these READER Sarah Bet­teridge from Hayes spot­ted this young robin in her Hayes gar­den.

Send us your pic­tures to ros. collins@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com pro­ceed­ings, I sus­pect that Cllr Gardner is go­ing to need all the help she can get at this hear­ing.

I have al­ways fit­ted in very well wher­ever I have lived over the years.

I have lived in Hayes for more than 20 years and I have (and con­tinue to) rep­re­sent my lo­cal community with­out re­ward for 11 years. I do not ‘have a chip on my shoul­ders’, just a keen sense of the ac­tual and a good grasp of re­al­ity.

I have no in­ten­tion of being bul­lied out of Hayes by bul­lies or their hanger-ons. So with this in mind, I sug­gest that rather than wast­ing time and pub­lic money in­sult­ing those who point out fail­ings, those who are en­trusted with the task of solv­ing problems within Hayes do just that and leave the lies and in­sults out of the equa­tion. the road to Uxbridge or any­where else for that mat­ter.

I have lived in this area, first in Hayes and then Uxbridge for nearly 60 years, and have watched it grad­u­ate from being just a dump to be­com­ing a cesspit – strong lan­guage I ad­mit but I think a fair re­flec­tion of the facts.

Per­haps if Cllr Gardner were to at­tend more of the coun­cil meet­ings for which she is so well paid to at­tend, then she might be able to ef­fect an im­prove­ment, but the fact is that she has only been present at 28 out of the 35 meet­ings she was ex­pected to at­tend, a per­for­mance of only 80% hardly a ded­i­ca­tion to civic duty.

I won­der if she was present at the meet­ing when our coun­cil­lors awarded them­selves a 20% pay in­crease for the year 2015/6 over the year 2014/5.

If any of your read­ers want to learn how well our coun­cil­lors per­form then log on to the Streetlife web­site (Streetlife.com) and study the post­ing on coun­cil­lor per­for­mance, a sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis of their at­ten­dance and al­lowances record.

They, your read­ers, may be sur­prised at what they learn, but I doubt it will be pleas­ant.

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