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Bonkers Blog January 2016

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There is no criticism of Councillor Maxine Fothergill in this blog.

29 January (Part 4) - A stroke of luck

The blog below is one of several relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and Bexley Council’s Code of Conduct Committee. This note aims to make it clear that the events reported between December 2015 and the Summer of 2016 whilst accurate reflections of various events, disciplinary hearings and sanctions brought against Councillor Fothergill they are individually insufficient to explain the whole story.

Two members of the Bexley-is-Bonkers team met with Councillor Fothergill at a secret location on 16th September 2016 where she explained to us what had really happened. She was able to convince us that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

There were compelling reasons why Councillor Fothergill should be believed. It seemed likely that the Tory High Command in Bexley had taken revenge on her because Councillor Fothergill had reported one of their associates to the police for theft.

Councillor Fothergill requested that the explanatory note prefixed to relevant blogs (which first went on line a few days earlier) be further strengthened so that readers are fully aware that reported events, whilst accurate at the time, did not reflect her innocence and that Bexley Council’s charge of misconduct and “gaining a financial advantage for herself” was malicious.

This is a modified version of the note Councillor Fothergill asked to be placed here.

This won‘t be too long a story as I have an elderly lady’s immersion heater to fix but I think it is too important to suffer significant delay especially after yesterday’s pessimism. I hope you will agree.

When Mick Barnbrook and I held our Fothergill conference last Tuesday we found that some of the people there had worked with Councillor Fothergill over several years, some had been friends in happier times.

I was told that during that period Councillor Maxine Fothergill said she was going to do a very good deal on a bungalow in Barnehurst and was in celebratory mood. Maxine said the bungalow was in the ABC Roads and I did not have a clue what that meant. Nor did my informer when first told of them.

However it seems it is Bexley Council jargon for Appledore Avenue, Beechcroft Avenue, Castleton Avenue, Downbank Avenue and Edendale Road in Barnehurst which run parallel to each other. An informer drove there looking for bungalows and found, wrongly as it happens, that all the bungalows were in Beechcroft Avenue. That is where the story that the house I was looking for was in Beechcroft must have came from.

Those in the property business spent quite a lot of money on Land Registry searches of Beechcroft Avenue and got nowhere. As you read yesterday, I was getting nowhere too but with a quarter million pound cheque in dispute, some well heeled people in the housing trade thought it worth the expensive approach. That is a systematic search of Land Registry records of all the ABC Roads and hang the expense.

BungalowIt should have taken a long time but by an enormous stroke of luck the principal searcher attacked the problem from the back end of the alphabet, E for Edendale and soon came across the bungalow pictured here.

The present owner’s name matches a council officer’s about whom there were hints last year. A knock on some neighbouring doors seeking the name and whereabouts of the previous owner may well have reaped its rewards but with property professionals on side there are more sophisticated methods.

These people know their way around the trade websites and are only too ready to spring into action. Very quickly the whole ownership history since before the second world war flowed into my Inbox together with the prices paid and when. Whoever said the old lady’s name was either Enid or Edna was right, in fact given the middle initial they could be right on both counts.

The only pieces missing from the jigsaw now are the identity of the complainant and why Bexley regards the transaction as misconduct conferring a financial advantage and I totally fail to see how the current owner and council employee can be at fault. Bexley Council must think otherwise.

To look further into the Misconduct verdict some estate agent valuations of the home in question and the surrounding properties may be required. I don’t know any estate agents but I know a man who does.

I’m not sure how one would go about tracking down the complainant as I can’t see any obvious clues but the amateur sleuths will be having a field day while I do battle with an immersion heater.

If more good info shows up you will be the first to know, although I was hoping that the weekend might provide an opportunity for a rest.

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