“Shut Up, Peasants! Your Lords And Masters Have Spoken!”

Campaigners had victory snatched from them after losing a major ruling in their battle to stop a council renaming and renumbering roads on their estate.

Yes, it’s this saga.

The council has welcomed the ruling as an end to the dispute, but campaigners insist they will continue to fight against the plans.

But of course the council has a pile of taxpayer’s cash to burn through…

Judge Branston reconsidered his original decision yesterday, having been given new guidelines on which to make his ruling.

Mr Ferguson, councillor for Lee Chapel North, who has financed the legal appeal, in excess of £40,000, insists he will continue to try to prevent the changes.

He said: “The judge said he made his decision with the greatest reluctance. His hands were tied but he still considers the council to be wrong.”

Smells fishy? Yeah. Me too.

Despite the council’s justification for the changes, Mr Ferguson believes changing road names will actually confuse emergency services and potentially cost lives.

He added: “The issue is one of signage, not names. Signs matter because the estate is complicated no matter what you call the roads.

“At every access point, it needs to be clearly indicated what is nearby.”

Surely the NHS can cope with basic literacy? I mean, there’s no evidence that they can’t, is there?

Oh. OK, forget I said anything…

Despite ruling in favour of Basildon Council, district judge Gareth Branston criticised the authority for disregarding the wishes of estate residents.

Judge Branston issued a 16-page ruling outlining the reasons for his decision.
He said: “As is obvious from my first judgment, I do not consider the borough council’s decision is the right decision.

“It is a decision made by a council officer and one elected councillor.

“It is a decision rejected by a vote of the full council. In particular, it is a decision which is rejected by more than 400 residents of the areas who will actually be affected and who actively opposed the decision by bringing this appeal at court.

“It is a decision which, on the evidence presented to me, is not demonstrably supported by any resident.

“One might have thought the democratically-elected borough council would now have some regard to the wishes and feelings of its constituency.”

One might have indeed though that, your honour. But with no-one to force them to have that regard, it’s unlikely they ever will…

9 comments for ““Shut Up, Peasants! Your Lords And Masters Have Spoken!”

  1. Old Geezer
    February 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

    This is a result of Blair’s cabinet system of local government. Until Blair messed it up, all decisions were made or confirmed by the full council. Now, councillors have very little say in what goes on in local councils. Is there anything that Blair did not get wrong?

    • Ted Treen
      February 13, 2016 at 3:47 am

      Yes. How to become obscenely rich from the blood and suffering of others.

  2. Stonyground
    February 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Have I got this right? The Judge came to a decision based on the evidence that was presented but his ruling went in the opposite direction to that decision? If, as is claimed, his hands were tied and he was forced to make such a perverse ruling the what is the point of having him?

    • February 14, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Beyond belief, isn’t it?

  3. February 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    One can only smile, Julia.

  4. Peter MacFarlane
    February 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

    A decision rejected by a vote of the full council?

    So why in buggery is it being implemented then?

  5. Errol
    February 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Now let’s imagine a situation where these councillors, as soon as they do something the people don’t want instead of going to court are simply suspended, and any activity halted. Just imagine that simple measure of democracy being imposed.

    Good feeling, isn’t it?

    • February 14, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Suspended from what? We need to make sure it’s a sufficient drop, after all…

  6. February 13, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Once was a time when we could all grumble at the eccentric and tyrant actions of ‘Lords and Kings, Princes and Grand Vizirs’. We knew who they were. Now we have democracy and the eccentric and tyrant actions come from ‘one of us’ who sits in a sinecure position somewhere down the chain, anonymous like a spider behind the sideboard.

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