Bob told there is no job as KCC dis­miss his case

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.”

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