Supporters’ petition is a sign of intent
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: Campaign for Bob gathers pace
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.