Yep. Helen reckons the email below is defamatory and – wait for it – she’s “referred the correspondence to the Head of Legal Services in the City Council”. Ooh er missus! McNamara’s on the case.
Please see this article for further details. And look out for the full text of Helen’s laughable legal threat coming soon …
Dear Councillor Pickup,
Thank you for your immediate response, a refreshing change for BCC. Can you confirm that you did not attend the corporate reception at GCCC as part of “World Class West”?
Can you also confirm that none of the Labour Administration of Bristol City Council attended – as this seems to fly in the face of the statement on record:
“Attendance of over 100 members of the political and business community at the Bristol reception, including explicit endorsement in the media and at the event itself from Cllr Helen Holland, Leader of Bristol City Council.”
Can you explain in light of the above why none of you (including Helen) have declared attending this reception as hospitality in the Register of Members Interests?
Thank you for confirming that the expansion of Sefton Park is the more expensive option, however I am perplexed as to why you think it is more desirable. The parents of every child at the school do not agree, nor do the local residents, nor do the parents of children who have no local primary school place allocated to them, nor do the governors of the school. In fact your administration have achieved a level of unity and common interest in our community which I have never seen before. A pity therefore, that you are pitted against the people rather than representing them.
When I wrote to you during 2007/2008, you assured me that scrapping the plan for the new Brunel Primary School would have no effect on the delivery of new primary places for Bishopston for September 2009. Can you now admit in light of the epic deficit in primary school places in our area for September 2009 that you were wrong, and that my concerns were entirely justified. Humility in the face of personal failure is much more attractive than your previous record of arrogant “I know better” bravado and bluster in the face of reason. Normally politicians say “well if you’re not happy elect someone else” – the point is we did elect someone else, and you have excluded our elected representatives and ignored the views of the community involved from this process.
Actions speak louder than words – if you believe that children come first, then reverse your decision and build a new school.
Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx, Ashley Down, Bristol BS7 (Bishopston Ward, Bristol West)