'It's disgraceful' says councillor barred from attending Orchard Village Rainham meeting with Havering Council
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 July 2017
A councillor elected to represent the authority at a liaison group with residents of an estate, has been barred from one of its meetings.
Independent Residents Group leader Cllr Jeffrey Tucker was elected by Havering Council to sit on the Orchard Village Neighbourhood Management Board.
Due to residents’ fire safety concerns following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, a meeting was arranged for Tuesday, July 11, with Havering Council leader Cllr Roger Ramsey, but Cllr Tucker said he was barred from attending.
“I’m in shock,” he said.
“How can they not invite the person who listens to people on the ground?”
In correspondence seen by the Recorder a council officer recommends Cllr Tucker goes through Cllr Michael Deon Burton and Cllr Graham Williamson, who both represent the South Hornchurch ward, to raise concerns at the meeting.
“At the last meeting, it was agreed to arrange a meeting with residents, ward councillors, the leader of the council, and senior officers, as well as the local MP,” said a council spokeswoman.
“The meeting is separate from the Orchard Village Neighbourhood Management Board.”
But Cllr Tucker continued: “I have been the elected London Borough of Havering board representative for at least the last three years.
“There have been no meetings called for well over two years.
“I have strongly been calling for a meeting for the past six months or more, but nothing.
“Without my views how can this meeting be taken seriously?”
The councillor said despite not being invited, he would still attend and “take it from there”.
“I’m the one who called the meeting. It’s disgraceful. It’s disgusting,” he added.
It is now believed the meeting next week has been cancelled.