Telford Council Bullying Staff?

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

A bit of background on this because it’s a bit of a saga.

Firstly, Telford & Wrekin Council have been running a “shadow company” for about two years now, secretly building up brand awareness within their sphere of influence and spending in excess of £1.3m of taxpayers money.  The company was supposed to be called “Telford First” but they were pipped to the post by a couple of enterprising gentlemen who have come to be known as “the two John’s” who registered the name Telford First Ltd the weekend before the hastily arranged official launch of the company.

One of the John’s is the owner of the Telford Council Watch forum and the other John is a moderator there and a local charity worker who has been on the receiving end of the council’s unscrupulous tactics when he was running a charity.  Because of the Telford First fiasco, staff have allegedly been sent an email from someone very high up in the council warning them not to visit or participate in the forum either at work or at home and that the forum will be monitored and anyone that can be identified will be “dealt with”.

To fund Telford First’s unexplained multi-million pound drain on Telford council tax payers, the council have been cutting budgets and staff.  Employees being transferred to Telford First or whatever it ends up being called are being forced to transfer out of the public sector.

There are some serious questions that need to be asked of the people at Telford & Wrekin Council who are either elected or employed to serve the public.  It simply isn’t acceptable to spend vast sums of taxpayers money on pet projects that deliver little or no benefit to the public and bullying their own employees into silence is not only wrong but illegal.

Telford & Wrekin Council have a duty to spend taxpayers money wisely and for the benefit of the public.  Telford First has already cost taxpayers over £1.3m and hasn’t actually achieved anything yet.  The City Region has cost tens of thousands of pounds at the very least and doesn’t exist yet.  The public have not only been kept out of the decision making process but they have been deliberately kept in the dark until the very last moment.

It’s time for a regime change at Telford & Wrekin Council.


  1. Fear The Beast (7 comments) says:

    Having visited the Telford Council Watch website on a few occasions – initially because I was intrigued by early claims of very high usage levels, which don’t seem to have been borne out – I would imagine T&WBC are merely pointing out to their staff that to visit the site would be to give it a credibility that it doesn’t in the least deserve. The site seems to be visited only by the same half-dozen whingers as populate other local forums. I expect T&WBC officers and members (and, indeed, most people with anything resembling a life) have better ways of spending their time.

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    As I understand it, they have been warned not to participate. Whatever the motive – which I doubt is anything to do with giving it credibility – it’s bullying and if they were to discipline someone for visiting the website in their own time then they would be breaking employment law.

    As for the high usage, there are a fairly small group of regular posters but a lot of visitors. Telford & Wrekin Council’s leadership will have a lot of time on their hands soon – there’s an election next year.

  3. Harry Nameless (2 comments) says:

    I work in Telford Council and never received such an e-mail. The Council could easily have prevented employees from viewing the Telford Council Watch site, with its filtering program, but I don’t believe it has done so.

  4. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    It turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by Telford & Wrekin Council to discredit Telford Council Watch.

  5. Vicky (2 comments) says:

    Could I ask people to sign my petition?

    When you complete the petition – it will email you a link which you have to click to actually have your name added to the list. Please do remember to check your spam folder if your email doesn\’t appear and make sure your name is on the list!



  6. Kwv (1 comments) says:

    Yes like not reading your whinge Fear The Beast?

    But are you jealous that unlike you someone stood up against Telford & Wrekin Council?

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