Bournemouth councillor told to say sorry for claiming residents at Iford were poorly treated during recent floods

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth councillor told to say sorry for claiming residents at Iford were poorly treated during recent floods Bournemouth councillor told to say sorry for claiming residents at Iford were poorly treated during recent floods

A BOURNEMOUTH councillor who claimed Iford residents were treated poorly during the recent floods has been told he should apologise for his comments.

Liberal Democrat councillor Roger West was berated in an email from cabinet member Lawrence Williams after he said ‘questions needed answering’ about how the council, site owner and emergency services reacted to the threat of flooding at Iford.

He said the council could learn lessons from the way residents of a Christchurch park home called Beaulieu Gardens were treated.

His email sparked an angry response from Conservative Cllr Williams, which said: “This council has far exceeded expectations regarding help given to residents and the leader and chief executive have authorised whatever was required to make the Iford Bridge owners as safe and as comfortable as possible. “I take exception to your email and its contents and feel you owe an apology not only to me but to the leader, chief executive and of course the many staff members who work for the council who have spent many long hours working whilst most were on leave. They have done a remarkable job. Shame on you Councillor West!”

However, Cllr West’s call for answers has received support from Conservative Cllr John Adams, who is the chairman of Bournemouth’s Flood Advisory Group. He said the next meeting on January 20 would include a report on the Iford flooding and said: “I would have thought this was the ideal time to look into the matters that Cllr West refers to.”

Cllr West is also unhappy that he was told to leave a meeting at Iford on December 30.

He said he had been invited to the meeting by an Iford resident but Cllr Williams said it was a private meeting for residents.

Bournemouth council’s chief executive has threatened to report Cllr West to the Standards Committee because of his alleged ‘disregard for the member/officer protocol’.

Cllr West was rebuked by chief executive Tony Williams after he complained about being excluded from the meeting.

In his reply to Cllr West, Mr Williams said: “The email provides further evidence of your disregard for the member/officer protocol.”

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12:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

He really should not rock the boat and upset his Conservative Council colleagues, they will have his Town Hall email account stopped next..............oh
, apparently it already is.

However on this one to be fair I think he is wrong, the Council appears to have responded well to help these people and I sincerely hope that assistance is repaid by these folk reconsidering the wisdom of continuing to live residentially alongside a regularly flooding river.
He really should not rock the boat and upset his Conservative Council colleagues, they will have his Town Hall email account stopped next..............oh , apparently it already is. However on this one to be fair I think he is wrong, the Council appears to have responded well to help these people and I sincerely hope that assistance is repaid by these folk reconsidering the wisdom of continuing to live residentially alongside a regularly flooding river. muscliffman

12:31pm Tue 14 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Councillor West, don't apologise.As you know we are a democracy and you are entitled to your opinion.Well, at least i thought you and we were.

This is what you get when politics allow a huge majority in administration and a small opposition.A majority with arrogance and forget that we only lend them power and in 2015 we can take it away and i am sure some in power won't be there.So order the tissues.

Once again the nerve has been struck.It was rather noticable that during the Christmas and New Year Period nobody who had been elected had appeared to show their support to the flood victim.

Yet as soon as the festive celebration had ended, guess what ? Cllr Williams and Tobias Ellwood, MP appear helping with sandbags.Too little, too late,chaps.
Councillor West, don't apologise.As you know we are a democracy and you are entitled to your opinion.Well, at least i thought you and we were. This is what you get when politics allow a huge majority in administration and a small opposition.A majority with arrogance and forget that we only lend them power and in 2015 we can take it away and i am sure some in power won't be there.So order the tissues. Once again the nerve has been struck.It was rather noticable that during the Christmas and New Year Period nobody who had been elected had appeared to show their support to the flood victim. Yet as soon as the festive celebration had ended, guess what ? Cllr Williams and Tobias Ellwood, MP appear helping with sandbags.Too little, too late,chaps. politicaltrainspotter

12:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

However, he is right. The floods were obviously going to happen. The owners did nothing until it was blindingly apparent there was serious flooding going on, then claimed they were supposed to get a two hour warning from the flood agency. A proper co-ordinated plan from the owners would have seen the residents evacuated much earlier, without the need of the emergency services to do it at the last minute when the area was by then already badly flooded.

Unfortunately, when almost the entire council seem utterly inept or indifferent about anything, if anyone dares suggest such a thing they will be slapped down or thrown off the gravy train. It's time we got rid of this utter shower and elected people who might have the interest of the people rather than the interest paid on their estate at the front of their mind.
However, he is right. The floods were obviously going to happen. The owners did nothing until it was blindingly apparent there was serious flooding going on, then claimed they were supposed to get a two hour warning from the flood agency. A proper co-ordinated plan from the owners would have seen the residents evacuated much earlier, without the need of the emergency services to do it at the last minute when the area was by then already badly flooded. Unfortunately, when almost the entire council seem utterly inept or indifferent about anything, if anyone dares suggest such a thing they will be slapped down or thrown off the gravy train. It's time we got rid of this utter shower and elected people who might have the interest of the people rather than the interest paid on their estate at the front of their mind. speedy231278

1:05pm Tue 14 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

speedy231278 wrote:
However, he is right. The floods were obviously going to happen. The owners did nothing until it was blindingly apparent there was serious flooding going on, then claimed they were supposed to get a two hour warning from the flood agency. A proper co-ordinated plan from the owners would have seen the residents evacuated much earlier, without the need of the emergency services to do it at the last minute when the area was by then already badly flooded.

Unfortunately, when almost the entire council seem utterly inept or indifferent about anything, if anyone dares suggest such a thing they will be slapped down or thrown off the gravy train. It's time we got rid of this utter shower and elected people who might have the interest of the people rather than the interest paid on their estate at the front of their mind.
Yes he has some good points on this, especially in respect of the site owners reactions, however I feel the Council on the day responded as well as might be expected - and I defended them for that.

However going back to more basic Council matters, I have never understood how years ago after prolonged discussions permission was ever given by the Council for this regular flood risk site to become residential - on that there are perhaps some unanswered questions.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: However, he is right. The floods were obviously going to happen. The owners did nothing until it was blindingly apparent there was serious flooding going on, then claimed they were supposed to get a two hour warning from the flood agency. A proper co-ordinated plan from the owners would have seen the residents evacuated much earlier, without the need of the emergency services to do it at the last minute when the area was by then already badly flooded. Unfortunately, when almost the entire council seem utterly inept or indifferent about anything, if anyone dares suggest such a thing they will be slapped down or thrown off the gravy train. It's time we got rid of this utter shower and elected people who might have the interest of the people rather than the interest paid on their estate at the front of their mind.[/p][/quote]Yes he has some good points on this, especially in respect of the site owners reactions, however I feel the Council on the day responded as well as might be expected - and I defended them for that. However going back to more basic Council matters, I have never understood how years ago after prolonged discussions permission was ever given by the Council for this regular flood risk site to become residential - on that there are perhaps some unanswered questions. muscliffman

1:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Tony Trent says...

It seems that the bullying of Roger West in Bournemouth Council is relentless. I do not know the ins and outs of the E mail issue, but it seems that he has been deliberately isolated and prevented from doing his job, and now he's being told off for being an opposition Councillor. Bournemouth desperately needs a proper opposition to hold the massive Tory majority to account, but he who dares raise his head above the parapit gets slammed for doing so. Absolute power is seldom good for democracy as there is always the need for challenge.
It seems that the bullying of Roger West in Bournemouth Council is relentless. I do not know the ins and outs of the E mail issue, but it seems that he has been deliberately isolated and prevented from doing his job, and now he's being told off for being an opposition Councillor. Bournemouth desperately needs a proper opposition to hold the massive Tory majority to account, but he who dares raise his head above the parapit gets slammed for doing so. Absolute power is seldom good for democracy as there is always the need for challenge. Tony Trent

1:40pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Chriswood says...

Roger West at it again. Pity his wife!
Roger West at it again. Pity his wife! Chriswood

3:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Ophilum says...

Vote UKIP and get shot of the lot.
Vote UKIP and get shot of the lot. Ophilum

5:43pm Tue 14 Jan 14

poolebob says...

Since Cllr West represents Redhill & Northbourne which is a long way from Iford, this is really nothing to do with him and frankly how would he know what happened..

The Council recently designated certain people vexatious complainants. I think Cllr West should be designated a vexatious Councillor.
Since Cllr West represents Redhill & Northbourne which is a long way from Iford, this is really nothing to do with him and frankly how would he know what happened.. The Council recently designated certain people vexatious complainants. I think Cllr West should be designated a vexatious Councillor. poolebob

7:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

martin1512 says...

So basically the headline should read; "Councillor told to apologise for telling the truth"
So basically the headline should read; "Councillor told to apologise for telling the truth" martin1512

8:41pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bea says...

poolebob wrote:
Since Cllr West represents Redhill & Northbourne which is a long way from Iford, this is really nothing to do with him and frankly how would he know what happened..

The Council recently designated certain people vexatious complainants. I think Cllr West should be designated a vexatious Councillor.
Councillor West has several residential caravan sites in his Ward, more than any other Ward has. Because of this he became involved in various aspects of the residents' welfare and a representative of the Parks.
Perhaps the Council leader, Chief Executive and Councillor Williams should apologise to Councillor West for their relentless hounding of him and their undemocratic behaviour
[quote][p][bold]poolebob[/bold] wrote: Since Cllr West represents Redhill & Northbourne which is a long way from Iford, this is really nothing to do with him and frankly how would he know what happened.. The Council recently designated certain people vexatious complainants. I think Cllr West should be designated a vexatious Councillor.[/p][/quote]Councillor West has several residential caravan sites in his Ward, more than any other Ward has. Because of this he became involved in various aspects of the residents' welfare and a representative of the Parks. Perhaps the Council leader, Chief Executive and Councillor Williams should apologise to Councillor West for their relentless hounding of him and their undemocratic behaviour bea

2:28pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Blackandred says...

Make him go and sit on the stairs until he behaves himself.
Make him go and sit on the stairs until he behaves himself. Blackandred

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