Tories rift – proven by their ‘own’ words
How Ainsdale’s Tory Councillor, Terry Jones, disclosed his colleague’s desire for “mass publicity”and “self publicity”
Woodvale Woodland Project (WWP) volunteers on many occasions had run the group ‘without’ Cllr Ted Hartill (who was at the time the WWP director), and especially when he was on his regular Spanish holidays or cycling trips, etc.
Conservative leader Terry Jones was quite specific in his belief that Hartill wanted “mass publicity” and was not “bothered” about other matters, that he apparently saw as trivial.The concerned volunteers went on to explain how the group was being adversely affected by this ongoing intransigence from Cllr Hartill, which led to much disenchantment within the project and even saw some good members leaving.
So, by his own words Cllr Jones highlighted Cllr Hartill’s “self publicity”, which the local “papers” were “catching on to”.
Was Jones then blaming Hartill’s ongoing publicity seeking ways for effectively turning the media ‘away’ from promoting the WWP group’s good achievements?
As Cllr Jones had correctly stated it was a “group project” and not just one owned by Cllr Ted Hartill.
Hartill was also the chairmen at that time of the Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association (WACA) charity.
This small charity was initially highly supportive (and dependent) of volunteers who had put so much (9 months) work into their beloved WWP.
Hartill had even earlier ‘admitted’ (evidence available on request) that the WWP could not have got off the ground without the valuable input of volunteers that he was later on to have a hand in ‘banning’ from the project.
However, when ‘push came to shove’ WACA (like Jones) also turned its back on the whistle blowers, loyal WACA volunteers, who had made the mistake of asking ‘awkward’ questions about suitable insurance, health and safety, accounting, use of ring-fenced funding and other valid concerns.
Such examples of appalling official conduct shame the whole Southport community.
Party before duty to the public?
Terry Jones therefore dismissed the whole group when asked for help and instead backed his Conservative colleague, who he ‘knew’ was seeking “mass publicity” for himself!?
Was it a case of political loyalties coming ‘before’ a proper duty of care to the local Woodvale community, at any cost? Do the public deserve proper answers (or just more aggressive Tory spin) about what their elected representatives get up to?
Whistle-blowers from the WWP went to Cllr Jones for urgent assistance several times when the WWP fallout kicked off, yet he effectively turned his back on them all.
Later still, Sefton’s dictatorial Council closed ranks behind Cllr Hartill and outrageously banned the volunteers from their own project, which they had created in the first place…
As many people now know, Jones went on to legally threaten the same family who headed the WWP project.
Nevertheless, such bully-boy, scare tactics, failed to achieve anything for the Tory chief and instead gained him the reverse effect, Volunteers hit back and Jones ran away, as fully expected.
Cllr Jones ‘cannot’ deny any of the above as that is ‘exactly’ what he stated!
Some adults actually learn by their mistakes, yet others do not!
Local communities deserve better than this kind of dirty politics and political engineering.
The public take poor conduct within local politics for granted at their peril.
The WWP issue is ongoing. http://woodvalewp.blogspot.co.uk/
Opinions are one thing yet ‘facts’ are something else altogether. The Southport newspapers have oddly continued to ignore this entire situation since 2013.
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