At first he said in a public finance committee meeting in front of a witness "the person going around the village spreading malicious lies and rumours that we are going to close the allotments, flog off the land and build on it will"
- get their just deserts
- they won't know what's hit them
- wait until they find out what's coming to them
- they are going to get their face slapped.
This was in a conversation that felt threatening
He then writes to another resident to tell them I am that person.
One of the business men on the High Street told me he could not risk building me a web site following a visit from this councillor who had implied his business would suffer if he got involved
He later wrote to the Secretary of my Allotment Association saying "I believe Mrs Norton has her own political agenda" this is referring to my calling a Parish Meeting from which a Parish Poll was called by 14 members of the public. He then goes on to say "I can't advise your committee what to do, but as a body of strong minded and independent committee members I ask you to reconsider whether you wish to be associated with an action which is going to cost the Council Tax payers of XXXXXX some £2000 (how will that gain their support when they find out" This is referring to my use of my democratic right to call a Parish Poll as pointed out to me by the Ministry of Communities and Local Government when I asked their input on the problem.
In another correspondence to another resident (sec of a local community group of which I am chairman) asking "doesn't it make you feel uncomfortable and make you wonder what kind of people you have got in with?"
In public meetings he has identified my by clear inference and direct confrontation in numerous humiliating attacks which have steadily got worse since taking up the right to record these meetings using audio video equipment.
I recently went to put a community questionnaire into the local library for a constituted community group and was yet again met with hostility by a librarian I do not know. She told me she knew "all bout you and your friend (the secretary of the group) and your group." inferring that this information had come from the County Councillor *the one in question) and how I was putting their jobs at risk. This was in response to wanting to nominate the library as an asset of community value and interest for inclusion on the District Council's register in line with the Localism Act 2011.
The sarcasm, ridicule, humiliation and denigration of my attempts to actively engage in community projects, and network with other organisations has been in public and he actually confirmed my belief that it is him that is interfering with this networking t the last meeting when he said in public "and they wonder why other organisations back off when they contact them"
Sections of various of my sentences are taken out of context, linked together and read out at meetings and erroneous details of my actions together with implied knowledge of my reasoning are published in minutes of their meetings, and in the Parish Newsletter which they have editorial control as well as in the press.
The public humiliations take place with the approving nods, and occasional comments and staged conversations between councillors as they hide behind Standing Orders where the public are not allowed to speak. At the last meeting another councillor glares menacingly at me during the said councillor's vilifying attack and then puts two fingers up at me before turning away.
A lot of this stuff would sound petty on it's own. Ther inferences and references would be lost on those without the background knowledge but I doubt that the hostility would be. Family and friends of the council have asked leading questions that allow the councillor, and his colleagues to launch into these attacks which sometimes have no bearing on the agenda topic at all. I have also been publically proclaimed as being the person who complained to the auditors about the local skate park which was built this year and costing the rate payers "yet another £500" due to the extra work they had to do. I had no idea that any such complaint had been made. I feel I am being offered as a scapegoat for their bad reputation in the village.
I have been threatened in the High Street by a complete stranger to me and told that if I don't back off I won't live to regret it. The police are aware of this.
I am in the process of considering if it is worth going to the police with this as I am becoming full of anxiety, feel fearful and emotional. My sleep is disturbed and it is only the support of many parishioners who tell me they think this is disgraceful behaviour from the councillors that helps me to persist in my attempts to make this council open, honest, accountable and accessible.