Com­mu­nity war­den de­ci­sion was cor­rect, says KCC chief

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by James Lawren­son

THE de­ci­sion to re­move “chal­leng­ing” com­mu­nity war­den Bob Hughes has been de­fended by Kent County Coun­cil leader Paul Carter.

In a let­ter to Ash­ford MP Damian Green, Mr Carter said: “Mr Hughes joined KCC on a stan­dard six-month pro­ba­tion­ary con­tract and near the end of this pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod a de­ci­sion was made to not ex­tend this con­tract.

“We would not have taken this de­ci­sion un­less there were good rea­sons, as we knew that it would, in the short term, pose dif­fi­cul­ties.”

Last week we re­vealed that Mr Hughes has been told by KCC that he does not have a griev­ance case against the au­thor­ity and would not be get­ting his old job back.

Con­fi­den­tial

KCC says the “rea­sons” re­ferred to by Mr Carter are con­fi­den­tial be­tween Mr Hughes and the au­thor­ity.

Since his dis­missal at the end of Au­gust there has been an out­cry in the vil­lages he cov­ered – Sev­ing­ton, Smeeth, Mer­sham, Brabourne and Ald­ing­ton – from peo­ple who were ap­palled to lose their pop­u­lar war­den.

Over 500 peo­ple signed a Bring Back Bob pe­ti­tion. Mr Hughes has now been re­placed by Richard Sin­den.

Mr Carter said: “This was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, but we hope that we can now move for­ward to de­liver the first-class ser­vice that the com­mu­nity needs and de­serves.”

For­mer com­mu­nity war­den Bob Hughes

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