Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Griffin Wakes

Well, the extraordinary Area 3 meeting on Friday certainly lived up to its billing. First up was the election of a new chairman, Cllr Griffin having resigned from that position immediately after the previous meeting.

Cllr Hayes was nominated and seconded, but wait, then Cllr Griffin was nominated and seconded, Eh! The vote was 4-4, with Cllr Griffin not voting. Then there was another vote, this time Cllr Griffin voting, and Cllr Griffin was again elected as chairman of Area 3 by 5 votes to 4! Exactly the same vote that elected him last May.

Cllr Griffin’s first act as Chairman was to read out a long list of council standing orders on conduct at area meetings [he was prepared] – clearly an attempt to silence his critics. Not here. A Chairman should be impartial and Cllr Griffin is clearly only interested in his own agenda calling people [sometimes members of the public who have not asked to speak] whom he knows will support his position.

Area 3 committee has 8 Conservative councillors and 1 BNP [Hainault]. The division here is not on party lines but geographic – Fullwell versus Hainault with the Fairlop councillors being split 2:1 in favour of Hainault. It is playground politics – if you vote out our scheme, we will vote out your scheme regardless of its merits or otherwise. Hence the number of schemes that have to be revisited and the need for extraordinary meetings with all that entails as regards cost to the taxpayer.

The two 20mph schemes for Coppice and Gilbert Colvin Primary schools that were rejected at the previous meeting were agreed unanimously with no debate amongst the committee members. The consensus out here seems to be 20mph zones good, road humps bad. The most telling comment coming from a member of the public saying “these schemes should be provided on the basis of need, not ‘we’ve got the money let’s spend it before we lose it’”.

14 comments:

  1. From the bowls of the Town Hall4:52 pm, February 10, 2008

    Ground Control to Councillor Ted.

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  2. The griffin is allegedly a mythical beast, but unfortunately it is just occasionally all too real.

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  3. Town Hall: We have a problem!

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  4. Hey, this could be a fund-raiser for the Council!

    Film these comedians and get it out as a DVD.

    Alternatively build your very own Redbridge Big Brother house, and shut them up in there. Who knows what they might come out with after a few weeks - remember George Galloway?

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  5. I recall that somebody, who shall remain nameless, once emailed me concerning our struggle for the survival of the allotments and referred to 'Custer's last stand'; a very unwise comment I would suggest come 2010 or maybe even earlier if the opportunity presents itself.

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  6. Selling tickets has been suggested. And the BB idea is interesting but we would have to shield children and the squeamish.

    But I forgot to mention that Cllr Griffin, having been re-elected as chairman, did ask the techno officer present to record the meeting and it was declined. I'm not sure whether this was "not allowed" under standing orders or technically not feasible on the night, but I suspect the former.

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  7. Quite right, B21. Recording is contrary to the council's current standing orders. Moreover, does a recording for posterity of an Area 3 committee meeting come complete with a health warning, or even a 16+ certificate?

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  8. Sixteen? You have to be 18 to buy cigarettes now!

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  9. Thank you Mr Hickey. Cllr Griffin obviously didn’t read ALL the standing orders before he started quoting his personal selection of them!

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  10. I see that today's Ilford Recorder quotes Councillor Griffin as referring to the Area 3 Committee as "dysfunctional"! I wonder whether we could have a poll on just who, precisely, is "dysfunctional"? [Please do not overwhelm the blog author....]

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  11. Yes, I must confess to a rather loud Guffaw when I read that.

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  12. Why is it that terms like dyslexic, dyspraxia, dysfunctional are so difficult to spell and, probably, very difficult, for some, to pronounce.
    I should know. I can spell (I think) but, no way can I pronounce.
    I should really go back to where I come from: France!
    I am sure I heard that suggestion recently but, I am still thinking about it!
    annesevant

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  13. All dese contributors using dem big diss words is confusing li'l ol' me. Dem musta bin to 'ackney, init. Roll on the next meeting of Area 3 where we can be treated to some use of cultured English.

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  14. I am reliably informed that this little tantrum on 23 January, and the need to convene an "extraordinary" meeting on 8 February, cost Redbridge council taxpayers £650. Perhaps we should send a certain individual the bill.

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