In, out, in, out, shake it all about – Aylen dumped (again)

Call me old fashioned, but I think that appointments should run their natural course, which is usually annually. In the case of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s appointments, these are made at the second Full Council of the Civic Year, normally in late May or early June.

No-one should be unaccountable, but unless extraordinary circumstances force otherwise, appointments should run for the year. Thus, in my humble opinion, no sackings or resignations.

Cllr Stephen Aylen (Independent, Belfairs) was appointed as Chair of the Public Transport and Buses Working Party this year. I would describe his chairing style as interesting. He is, though, passionate.

Anyone who goes canvassing will tell you that buses and public transport are a regular feature of doorstep conversations in Southend. The Council may be little more than a lobbying group in some ways, but it is dealing with a subject that is dear to many residents hearts. Buses matter, period.

When Cllr Aylen left the Independent Group he was dismissed as chair from this working party. At the time I thought it was heavy-handed, and so must others as he was re-instated pretty quickly. I am now told that he has been sacked again.

This is rapidly becoming a farce. Whoever is responsible (and I have my suspicions) really should understand just how daft this looks. It smacks of petty revenge from where I am sitting.

When you see close up how independents behave then you really appreciate the need for political parties.

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3 Responses to In, out, in, out, shake it all about – Aylen dumped (again)

  1. Will Bray says:

    Cllr Aylen was exceptionally proactuve in rally some councillors together for me this week, I’m an organiser of Leigh Folk Festival and we had a couple of little issues that needed attention. I could echo your thoughts any louder, Cllr Aylen is a very passionate councillor and certainly stands up strongly for the community. He was very much employed in his councillor role on Monday so I think you’ll find the rumours to be completely dismissable.

  2. When you see close up how independents behave then you really appreciate the need for political parties

    You mean like the Parliamentary Labour Party?

  3. Stephen Mckiernan says:

    TROUBLE ON THE BUSES!!!!
    Inspector Blake I told you to sack that Aylen chap his nothing but trouble.
    He is making us look fools as he has had the 23 route brought back and is making further improvments to the other routes.

    INSPECTOR BLAKE REPLYS!! YES SIR I KNOW.

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