Mayor Anne Cheale publically apologises for Canvey shenanigans

THURROCK’s mayor has cast doubt on the future of three councillors involved in the Castle Point shenanigans saying her “office has been brought into disrepute”.

Mayor Anne Cheale publically apologised for the first time for the behaviour of former deputy mayor Eddie Hardiman and his young colleagues Danny Nicklen and James Halden at a civic event in Canvey that went wrong.

Cllr Hardiman resigned as deputy mayor last week and he and cllr Nicklen were suspended after allegations that wine was taken from a Castle Point Council fireworks do- and they were then thrown out of the Catcracker pub in Corringham.

Cllr Cheale said at the meeting: “I am sorry to say that three councillors have recently brought this office into disrepute.

“I would like to make a full apology to the chamber and to the public for the events that were not consistent with the high standards expected of the mayoral office.

“It can only expected that the behaviour of the three councillors may well throw their future into doubt . Time will tell.”

Cllr Hardiman was not present at the meeting, but his Tory colleagues cllrs Nicklen and Halden did turn up.

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1:12pm Thu 25 Nov 10

coddy says...

" time will tell" They should be chucked out now
" time will tell" They should be chucked out now coddy
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5:06pm Thu 25 Nov 10

jim.colton02 says...

Didnt Councillor Halden publically state and not so long ago he wanted all Councillors to stop taking freebee's ?. Oh sorry, he meant everyone else except he and his two lovely friends.
Didnt Councillor Halden publically state and not so long ago he wanted all Councillors to stop taking freebee's ?. Oh sorry, he meant everyone else except he and his two lovely friends. jim.colton02
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9:45am Fri 26 Nov 10

Dave_ says...

I'm sorry but the office was brought into disrepute when a turncoat took the position of Mayor. I don't know if this has ever happened before.
Mind you it is entirely indicative of the shambolic and dysfunctional council we have at the moment.
Given the current state we are in, we need to re-elect every single councillor and put in place a clause that if someone is elected for a particular party and they change sides, we have an immediate by-election, not let them defect and carry on like nothing has happened.
I'm sorry but the office was brought into disrepute when a turncoat took the position of Mayor. I don't know if this has ever happened before. Mind you it is entirely indicative of the shambolic and dysfunctional council we have at the moment. Given the current state we are in, we need to re-elect every single councillor and put in place a clause that if someone is elected for a particular party and they change sides, we have an immediate by-election, not let them defect and carry on like nothing has happened. Dave_
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6:54pm Sat 27 Nov 10

essex4eva says...

Dave_ wrote:
I'm sorry but the office was brought into disrepute when a turncoat took the position of Mayor. I don't know if this has ever happened before. Mind you it is entirely indicative of the shambolic and dysfunctional council we have at the moment. Given the current state we are in, we need to re-elect every single councillor and put in place a clause that if someone is elected for a particular party and they change sides, we have an immediate by-election, not let them defect and carry on like nothing has happened.
I very much agree with just about everything you have said - if a councillor is not happy with their political party, they should resign - most people vote for the party, not the person! Something that should happen is that the council should be made smaller, why on earth do we need 49 councillors, which cost us, the tax payers, over £500,000. There should be only half the amount of councillors (around 25!). Also when are we going to get rid of the Mayors limo - in these days of hardship, this is money we cant afford!
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but the office was brought into disrepute when a turncoat took the position of Mayor. I don't know if this has ever happened before. Mind you it is entirely indicative of the shambolic and dysfunctional council we have at the moment. Given the current state we are in, we need to re-elect every single councillor and put in place a clause that if someone is elected for a particular party and they change sides, we have an immediate by-election, not let them defect and carry on like nothing has happened.[/p][/quote]I very much agree with just about everything you have said - if a councillor is not happy with their political party, they should resign - most people vote for the party, not the person! Something that should happen is that the council should be made smaller, why on earth do we need 49 councillors, which cost us, the tax payers, over £500,000. There should be only half the amount of councillors (around 25!). Also when are we going to get rid of the Mayors limo - in these days of hardship, this is money we cant afford! essex4eva
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6:54pm Sat 27 Nov 10

essex4eva says...

I very much agree with just about everything you have said - if a councillor is not happy with their political party, they should resign - most people vote for the party, not the person! Something that should happen is that the council should be made smaller, why on earth do we need 49 councillors, which cost us, the tax payers, over £500,000. There should be only half the amount of councillors (around 25!). Also when are we going to get rid of the Mayors limo - in these days of hardship, this is money we cant afford!
I very much agree with just about everything you have said - if a councillor is not happy with their political party, they should resign - most people vote for the party, not the person! Something that should happen is that the council should be made smaller, why on earth do we need 49 councillors, which cost us, the tax payers, over £500,000. There should be only half the amount of councillors (around 25!). Also when are we going to get rid of the Mayors limo - in these days of hardship, this is money we cant afford! essex4eva
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7:59pm Sat 27 Nov 10

karen29 says...

Have you seen the Mayor in her red fur trimmed coat and tricorne hat. I bet that cost the taxpayers a pretty penny. I thought the council was short of cash and cutting services yet they spalsh out on a fancy expensive outfit for the mayor. She looks ridiculous. I wonder if she realises how people are laughing at her in her pantomine outfit?
Have you seen the Mayor in her red fur trimmed coat and tricorne hat. I bet that cost the taxpayers a pretty penny. I thought the council was short of cash and cutting services yet they spalsh out on a fancy expensive outfit for the mayor. She looks ridiculous. I wonder if she realises how people are laughing at her in her pantomine outfit? karen29
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5:21pm Sun 28 Nov 10

I Know too says...

Well I can tell you that we have all had a good laugh at the outfit!!! Panto season has just begun. I wonder how much it cost us????
Well I can tell you that we have all had a good laugh at the outfit!!! Panto season has just begun. I wonder how much it cost us???? I Know too
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7:29pm Mon 29 Nov 10

I Know too says...

I think she ought to apologise for making deals to make her mayor. Oh surprise surprise!!!! She didn't know.
I think she ought to apologise for making deals to make her mayor. Oh surprise surprise!!!! She didn't know. I Know too
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