Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Open letter to leader of Sutton’s Tory Opposition

Remind you of someone?

Remind you of someone?

I have just posted this letter on the website of the local paper in response to a recent story published there recording that Cllr. Paul Scully, leader of the opposition, has submitted a vote of no confidence in Cllr. Hall’s position as Lead Member for Environment & Leisure. I can also advise that the local paper’s reporting of support among Liberal Democrat members for the motion is grossly inaccurate.

Open letter to Councillor Scully:

I have just learned of your proposed vote of no confidence and wanted to express how appalled I am that you have stooped to using personal scapegoating in order to further your own party’s political aspirations. It is truly a despicable and unjustified measure. Cllr Hall’s far-sightedness during his time as lead member for environment has ensured that Sutton is at the forefront in reducing the impact our residents have on the planet; meanwhile the Tory party were still arguing about whether climate change is real or not. If anyone is to take the blame for the failure of the green waste collection scheme it is you for whipping up the public’s negative feelings about the change and encouraging flytipping, instead of supporting the underlying principle of waste minimisation and its beneficial effect on council tax rates. I think your approach is an example of the lowest form of political manoeuvring and you and those of your colleagues who support this motion should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves. Be in no doubt that I will be expressing these views in the council chamber on 21st July.


Councillor Jayne McCoy

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Wallington South




July 11, 2008 - Posted by | Information


  1. The shark strangely reminds me of your colleague….Cllr Colin Hall.
    He is the only one being disingenuous.

    Comment by adrianne | July 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. Obviously I am going to disagree with you Adrianne. The complete waste minimisation package Cllr Hall has overseen will actually save the council £4.5 million – a saving that was passed on to residents by reducing the amount council tax needed to be increased by this year. Hardly a sacking offence? Unfortunately this good news has been lost in the uproar over the green waste collection charge. As for disingenious, what I found most upsetting about Cllr Scully’s proposed motion was the fact that most of us only learnt of it via the local newspaper. As I understand it Cllr. Hall only learnt of the motion after the news had gone to press.

    Comment by jaynemccoy | July 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. Fine Cllr Mccoy but you have to admit that the policy has not been thought through.
    I gather Cllr Hall had been approached twice with a view to dropping the garden waste charge but each time he insisted on pushing it through.
    Maybe if that had not happened the no-confidence vote would not be happening either.Do all of your colleagues really agree with the way this has been handled?

    Maybe you will win the vote,but you have already lost the argument.

    Comment by adrianne | July 13, 2008 | Reply

  4. Policy does not happen that way in Sutton. For a more rounded discussion of the waste minimisation policies please see my previous posts on this subject.

    Comment by jaynemccoy | July 14, 2008 | Reply

  5. Oops

    I think you need to look at this Jayne and reassess.


    Please dont keep trying to shoot the messenger.

    Comment by adrianne | July 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. I have followed your link and can only despair. I am truly beginning to understand the proverb “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I suspect poor Cllr. Hall is considering having it tattooed on his forehead – in reverse, so he can read it in the mirror every morning!

    Comment by jaynemccoy | July 17, 2008 | Reply

  7. Following this scandal councillor, do you think that Colin Hall can survive in his current job?

    Government ministers have resigned for less have they not?

    I just don’t think he can continue in his current role, he is damaged and so is your party beyond repair.

    In my arm’s length assessment you can’t move on until he goes.

    Comment by Mark Rose | July 17, 2008 | Reply

  8. How did the debate and vote go last night Jayne.
    Is Cllr Hall still in his job?

    Comment by adrianne | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  9. Yes Adrianne, Cllr Hall retained his position thanks to the Lib Dem group showing their confidence in him with their votes. However there is no denying that the whole event was ugly, but with a ‘no confidence’ motion could it ever have been otherwise?

    Comment by jaynemccoy | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  10. Councillor McCoy, what do you say to all the rate payers of Sutton who no longer have faith in the Council because it has clubbed together to save one of their own like this?

    Im very disappointed that you showed confidence in the guy who imposed the green garden waste charge on us and has been responsible for the neglect of our drains in the borough of Sutton.

    Rest assured your political party signed its death warrant that day and it will overshadow anything good you’ve done.

    Comment by Mark Rose | July 27, 2008 | Reply

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