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Letter: I Am No ‘Armchair Warrior’

Published on: 18 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 18 Apr, 2022

From: Jules Cranwell

In response to: John Rigg’s comment on We Have a Practical Plan for the Local Plan

Cllr John Rigg has described me, amongst other things, as an “armchair warrior”.

Apart from the appropriateness of public servants being so disrespectful of members of the public, I would ask him to consider if this description is apt for one who has:

  1. Co-founded a political party, GGG, to fight the Local Plan from its beginning.
  2. Led the “March on Millmead” to deliver a petition against the Local Plan, with over 500 signatures.
  3. Worked with the police to expose and convict the phoney barrister and forger, Monika Juneja, something the council refused to do anything about, even when it was shown she was not a barrister. (Ms Juneja was the original architect of the Local Plan, and was given the job seemingly based on her falsely claimed extensive experience of planning law, something that raises many unanswered questions.)
  4. At considerable personal risk, mounted a judicial review of the Local Plan at the high court. Unfortunately, the then Lib Dem leadership chose to contest this, by joining forces with the very developers who stand to make the most profit from the Local Plan.

So, I respectfully suggest to Cllr Rigg that he reflects a little, and maybe counts to ten, before levelling such cheap and easy accusations at residents he is sworn to serve.

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Responses to Letter: I Am No ‘Armchair Warrior’

  1. Daniel Hill Reply

    April 18, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    I completely agree with Jules Cranwell. It’s inappropriate for our elected representatives to be so disrespectful to members of the public. Sadly this isn’t the first time and won’t be the last.

    Someone should give R4GV councillors training on how to communicate with residents. They have very quickly forgotten why they were elected. We don’t want excuses or these nasty and disrespectful comments in The Dragon.

    Instead, we want action to protect the green belt and a brownfield-site-first planning policy. If they can’t do that then they should just be honest and make way for GGG.

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