Sup­port­ers’ pe­ti­tion is a sign of in­tent

GRIEV­ANCE PRO­CE­DURE: Cam­paign for Bob gath­ers pace

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­

A PE­TI­TION con­tain­ing the sig­na­tures of more than 100 vil­lagers will land on the desk of county coun­cil bosses as they pre­pare to meet for­mer KCC com­mu­nity war­den Bob Hughes.

The Ken­tish Ex­press started a “Bring back Bob” cam­paign and pe­ti­tion af­ter an out­cry from vil­lagers who op­posed Kent County Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to get rid of the for­mer Met po­lice of­fi­cer for be­ing “too chal­leng­ing”.

This week the on­line pe­ti­tion has been printed and sent to Cllr Mike Hill (Con), the KCC Cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties.

In March Mr Hughes be­came the KCC com­mu­nity war­den for Sev­ing­ton, Brabourne, Smeeth, Mer­sham and Ald­ing­ton and made a huge im­pres­sion.

In Au­gust Mr Hughes, who had served 33 years in the Met, ris­ing to the rank of in­spec­tor, was shocked by KCC’s de­ci­sion to re­move him from the post.

Vil­lagers were out­raged, parish and bor­ough coun­cil­lors ral­lied round and KCC bosses found they were quickly bom­barded with emails and let­ters from peo­ple who had met Mr Hughes mak­ing it clear they would not ac­cept the de­ci­sion without a fight.

Mr Hughes will meet coun­cil bosses to­mor­row (Fri­day) as part of a griev­ance pro­ce­dure against the county coun­cil.

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