Community warden decision was correct, says KCC chief
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.
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 Mr Hughes has now been replaced by Richard Sinden.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