Heartfelt thanks for the support
THROUGH the pages of the Kentish Express may I take the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to all the people who have supported me following my removal from my post as Community Warden for Aldington, Brabourne Lees, Smeeth, Mersham and Sevington. There are one or two people who deserve a specific mention for the real effort and time they have devoted to the Bring Back Bob campaign. I won’t mention them by name here because they know who they are and I will be thanking them in person very soon. As you are aware, I spent many years in the Metropolitan Police. I can safely say that, despite having worked in a variety of roles across London and having encountered and dealt with all sorts of people, inside and outside the police service, I have never experienced the warmth and real appreciation shown to me by the residents of the villages. In four short months I am very proud to say that I appear to have achieved real success in making a tiny difference to people’s lives. To be brutally honest, until losing my job, I didn’t realise just how well I was doing, so perhaps KCC can be congratulated for that, at least! It’s just a pity that they didn’t stop to consider the impact of their decisions – irrespective of their reasoning – and took into account public opinion. If you try and equate this situation with the world of business and enterprise, would a company fire one of its salesmen for being ‘too challenging’ if it was possible that he was delivering in such a way that really enhanced the company’s profile amongst its customers? No, I don’t think you would. Despite everything, my opinion remains the same. The function of the Warden Service is extremely worthwhile and credit must be given to those personnel who strive to deliver a service amongst their communities. The question that now needs an answer is “which of the public services is best placed to deliver that service?” Robert Hughes.
IT WAS very disappointing to read in the Kentish Express (September 25) that KCC has no intention of reinstating Bob Hughes as our Community Warden. It was particularly sad to see that the opinions of the residents do not matter at all. I used to think that KCC worked for the people of Kent, but now I am not so sure! They certainly don’t seem to have the best interests of our area at heart! 1. They dispose of Bob, who was doing a fantastic job. It is all very well of them to replace him and to suggest that we try to get a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), but we don’t want a replacement or a PCSO, we want Bob. It seems so unjust that he should lose his job, when he hadn’t done anything wrong, as far as we can see. 2. They don’t want to worry people in other areas with the possibility of a lorry park being built in their vicinity. But they don’t mind worrying us! It seems quite ridiculous to consider building a lorry park in Aldington, as the local roads are prone to flooding. Something that concreting over a vast area will not help. The verge at the A20/ Church Lane junction is hardly ever properly mown. Making exiting Church Lane and turning right, rather hazardous. If they can’t mow a verge, how do they expect to be able to maintain a lorry park? Heidi Kingston, Brabourne, Ashford.
Bob Hughes, former community warden – ‘I have never experienced warmth shown to me’ Picture: Barry Duffield pd1476111