Biggin Hill residents protest against council's 'mistreatment of whistleblowers'
PUBLISHED: 14:44 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 25 July 2016
Backing Bromley has set up a hotline to encourage people to speak out against council failings
Biggin Hill residents have raised estate agent-style boards in protest against the alleged mistreatment of whistleblowers by Bromley council.
The Backing Bromley group staged their latest demonstration in support of the whistleblowers, who they claim are trying to raise legitimate concerns about the impact of cuts on local services.
They also set up a ‘wheel of misfortune’ on the Kings Road on Biggin Hill to illustrate the many failings across the council, with residents from councillor Melanie Stevens’ ward invited to spin the wheel.
Bromley resident Steve Kingston said: “Residents across Biggin Hill are putting councillor Melanie Stevens on alert that they oppose the mistreatment of whistleblowers who are trying to raise legitimate concerns.
“A few weeks ago over a thousand households raised estate agency style signs to put their councillors on alert that they are no longer prepared to accept elected leaders falling short of their responsibilities to the young, the old and the vulnerable.
“Now Biggin Hill has joined the campaign, Melanie Stevens and the other members of the council will no longer be able to rest on their laurels while the old, young and vulnerable are let down.”
The group has set up a confidential hotline for people to report council failings and the impact of cuts on local services and says it is compiling a dossier of serious reports of failures by the council.
Cllr Stevens said that she and her colleague Cllr Benington “are aware of Unite, the Trade Union, activities within Biggin Hill this week and have had cause to correct them on several misconceptions about what they believe are future cuts that are to be made to services within the ward.
“Our residents have not raised any concerns with us, either directly or indirectly and We are both active and readily available for them all should they wish to discuss any issues they may have,” she added.
“Not one resident has mentioned anything to do with ‘whistleblowing’ to us at all and we are unsure to what Unite refer to.”