Bob told there is no job as KCC dismiss his case
THE Kent County Council community warden for five Ashford villages who was dismissed for being “too challenging” has been told by his former bosses that he does not have a grievance case against them so will not get his old job back.
Bob Hughes, who covered Sevington, Smeeth, Mersham, Brabourne and Aldington, met with his former bosses on October 10.
On Saturday he received a letter from KCC saying he does not have a case.
Mr Hughes, who was in the Metropolitan Police for 33 years rising to the rank of inspector, had taken out a grievance procedure against KCC after he was told he no longer had a job as community warden.
Since he was dismissed at the end of August there has been an outcry in the vil- lages from people who were appalled to lose their muchloved warden.
More than 500 of them signed petitions set up by people in the villages he served, plus 100 people signed a Kentish Express petition as part of our Bring back Bob campaign. All petitions have now been sent to Cllr Michael Hill (Con), KCC cabinet member for community services.
Mr Hughes says during his meeting with KCC, his former bosses were unable to provide evidence of his alleged challenging behaviour.
He believes that the county council had disregarded public opinion in their case against him.
He argued that KCC council taxpayers fund the warden scheme and so villagers should have a say in who is their warden and that the county council would not have got rid of him had they realised the backlash that would ensue.
“It shows their poor grasp of strategic decision taking,” Mr Hughes said.
Mr Hughes remains a good friend of the villages and was invited and attended harvest festivals at Aldington and Smeeth schools.
He added: “I’m still keen to be of some use to the community but do not want to put anyone in an uncomfortable position.”