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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Southport family threatened with “Legal Action” by Tory leader

Ainsdale residents, the Regan family, threatened with “legal action” by anxious Tory chief, Cllr Terry Jones 

***(Now updated on 8 April 2014 with Regan family response to Cllr Jones, at the end of this article)***

Is Tory Chief, Cllr Terry Jones, seeking to strangle free speech in Southport?

It seems that holding an opinion and expressing it in an honest and lawful fashion is being given the old ‘cold-shoulder’ now by Sefton Conservatives, or at least one of them.

I was somewhat surprised and yet also amused by an  ill-written and very discourteous email (grammatical errors left intact) that was addressed to my wife Cath and I today, 5 April 2014. 

Apparently, Cllr Jones is getting his knickers in a twist over a multi-image photograph that I uploaded on Facebook. 

This is the photograph along with the text (below the picture) that merely ‘asks’ questions about “Tory reps”. 

Well now - Cath placed a few SINCERE words of wisdom up on her FB page and it has been picked up by a local new site, Qlocal. This is actually VERY good as it highlights a small part of the ongoing WWP fiasco cover up. I also note that a few of the malicious posters are comically spitting the dummy ... now I wonder if these anonymous posters (i.e. 'Dessertboots' and 'Cant stand Libs' ) could be joined at the hip to our wondrous local Tory they are SO very perturbed it seems 


This above post appeared on my own Facebook link...

Therefore, what is this comically ambiguous threat all about (apart from pent-up and VERY frustrated emotion) that we have received off Tory Boss, Cllr Jones? 

I reiterate the grammatical errors are his alone and left in as they appear in his outrageous email. I would politely suggest that Cllr Jones gets himself a good  secretary, or a translator, before next seeking to attack local residents via email. This would ensure that both parties know 'what' he is supposed to be talking about! 

Dear Mr Regan

I have just been forwarded the attached photo, and I would recommend that you be very careful with allegations that any of those posters maybe myself or someone close to me. 

Having seen the attached I then went on to the site and read the comments and I am quite happy to take legal action against any coward that just sites behind a keyboard without proof of their allegations accusing me of such things. 

I can confirm and if pushed, that site can be made to confirm that I do not post on that site, quite simply I am very busy with Council issus, work (and those without other agendas know so) and my family so I do not have the time to play silly games or sit behind a computer all day.

I repeat I am more than happy to take legal action against anyone who prints false allegations regarding myself.

I have cc'd Tony in as he is mentioned on there and to reassure him that is not my style and you've placed him I'm the situation with your photo. 

I have also bbc'd the parties legal department into this.

Kind regards




To be quite frank, many of us believe that what Cllr Jones is getting so irritated about is the fact that local residents, along with our most 'supportive' Cllr Haydn Preece,  have regularly highlighted the fact that Cllr Jones and his Tory Colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill, have virtually BLOCKED all initiatives to improve the local Sandbrook Way area for elderly residents therein

We have also regularly accentuated how Cllr Jones failed to assist residents, when asked, over the Woodvale Woodland Project (WWP) exposure fiasco. 

Numerous examples of the type of political apathy exhibited  towards residents, (many who are elderly) exist on this blog


We do not take such outrageous yet ludicrous threats lightly and especially those coming from a leading Conservative politician who is ‘supposed’ to help tax-paying residents such as us! 


Cllr Jones appears to be overtly sensitive, for some inexplicable reason, about certain postings on the Qlocal website. Moreover, none of my family have any control or input over what data appears on the Qlocal website, as Cllr Jones seems to erroneously think.

He in fact I believe took similar fixated issues to the Southport Visiter newspaper recently when unsubstantiated suggestions were made that another local politician (Cllr Tony Dawson) was a poster on that particular site.

The term, ‘Pot calling the kettle black’, seems quite appropriate then in this instance.  Allegations are in reality worthless and amount to evidence of nothing at all! Cllr Jones 'should' know better than this!


Is Cllr Jones obsessed by what happens on the Qlocal website? Is this perhaps why he has spent some time pressing (and clandestinely taping) the admin of that site about identities of other people that he believes post on that site against him?

He may understandably deny this of course, yet the evidence is available. The inherent legalities of this action by a leading Southport Conservative politician 'may' also be potentially questionable under the Data Protection Act.

Cllr Jones mentions his Conservative 'legal department' in  his childishly-crafted email threat to my family, but has he considered the lawful implications of his own rash actions herein? Moreover, how would his stated legal department react to such information? 

There is an old saying that Cllr Jones may wish to consider most carefully:  'People who live in glass houses should not throw stones!' 


Cllr Jones may therefore regard this article as a separate complaint concerning  his own outrageous actions against Ainsdale residents, such as my family, and against freedom of opinion/belief, as stated in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights; articles 18 and 19.

We fully welcome any “legal action” that Cllr Terry Jones or his political party care to bring but warn that such an absurd  move will be greeted with an immediate legal counterclaim for undue harassment, etc!

How dare this Tory councillor try threaten a good hard-working  family in such an appalling manner! Personally, we believe he is unfit to hold his current political position and call for his political superiors to mount a full investigation into his undemocratic and dismal conduct forthwith! 

Can Southport politics ever reach a lower point than this?

Residents do have a right to know the truth.  

Tory leader threatening a family with legal action must  be highly newsworthy and could potentially go 'National', if initially given specialist local news coverage. 

We continue to welcome professional media investigation into the serious matters that we have freely accentuated regarding Woodvale.

So far the Southport media have dismissed virtually all the social and ecological problems that have been highlighted. This is not any matter solely based on politics, but simply one regarding the presentation for residents of the facts that concern them!

NB. please also check this site for additional data of how local Tory politicians treat good residents who are WWP volunteers.


The text below is our response to Cllr Jones, which we sent to him on 7 April 2014 

Dear Cllr Jones
We write in response to your somewhat indistinct threat, dated 5 April 2013.
With respect, we have to point out that your grammatical errors do unfortunately make this email quite difficult to understand. 
Consequently, perhaps you could take the trouble to run any future threats through your PC’s spellchecker the next time you decide to try and assault Ainsdale residents in this manner? This is not hard to do and would make life easier for all persons concerned. Thank you. 
Your rather emotive tirade indicates that you appear to erroneously believe that our family have some type of inside control over the content of the website in question, i.e. Qlocal. This is not so!
What appears on such websites has nothing whatsoever to do with us. Therefore, we politely suggest that you take your distasteful threats, suspicions and private grievances to the administrators of that site, once again. 
We say ‘once again’ as you will possibly recall that you have taken the trouble to ‘tape’ your previous conversations with individuals running the site and then forwarded them to a third party – yes? 
Perhaps the questionable legalities of such an action by you are best left for another day?
You also mention “Tony.”
From what little we can ascertain from your semi- incoherent email you appear to be referring to Cllr Tony Crabtree.
Cllr Crabtree, along with Cllr Haydn Preece, has been most supportive of residents in need, unlike you and your Ainsdale colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill. Therefore, we are confident that Cllr Crabtree is quite capable of making any statement, if he chooses to do so, ‘without’ gratuitous pressure from you!
We also have to inform you that because of your contemptible and amateurish conduct we are now quite happy to expose this appalling situation to the wider public, by any means possible.
It is indeed a poor day when an elected public representative, such as you, takes to unjustly berating hard-working members of the public who have worked so hard to improve the Ainsdale area. Improvements for elderly residents that you and your Tory colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill, have ‘blocked’ have been taken badly by many people in the area.  
We believe your bizarre outburst against us has more to do with ‘exposed inadequacy’ than anything else you are seeking (and failing) to accentuate in your threats.  Rest assured, ‘you’ shall not be receiving any votes from this local family after this odious debacle! Councillors are supposed to support residents, you however have done the exact opposite herein!  We are appalled.
We also object strongly to your oppressive conduct as you appear to be trying to ‘censor’ residents from highlighting the facts behind several issues that you seem to find exceptionally embarrassing. Is this not so Cllr Jones?
We have to advise you that we take great exception with your detestable and speculative threats of legal action. How dare you try to intimidate our family in such an antagonistic fashion!
Nonetheless, we fully welcome any action that you or your party care to take against us. Any such threat will immediately be greeted with a legal ‘counterclaim’ against you personally, or your party, for unwarranted harassment etc, if the necessity does arise!
Perhaps it is time for you to reconsider your political vocation, as current events indicate that you are experiencing difficulty in carrying out your duties in a constructive fashion that gives proper benefit to the public? 
We are sorry if this response has come as a disappointment to you, but sadly you can only blame ‘yourself’ for the current predicament that you have irrationally brought down on your own head and that of your Conservative colleagues. 
Yours sincerely
Mr and Mrs Regan

NB. The Southport media have been made fully aware of this appalling situation, yet whether they bother to report the matter to the Southport public in their newspapers etc is of course entirely up to them! We however continue to believe that blind censorship of the facts is highly questionable and not an option in any truly free and democratic society. 

The public have a right to know! 

Friday, 28 March 2014

New fencing promised soon for Woodvale residents


After many months of abortive campaigning I have today been informed by Cllr Haydn Preece that new fencing is due to be erected soon on the precinct at Sandbrook Way

We recently met with Cllr Preece to explain the situation and urgent need for improvement herein.

Above: a part of  the rotten fence that we have been pushing to get repaired for ages... 

Initially there was some discrepancy over ownership of the fence. However, Cllr Preece quickly got in touch with One Vision Housing (OVH) to explain the serious need for repairs.

Above: Libdem Cllr Haydn Preece - new fencing promised soon by housing authority. 

A spokesman for OVH stated today (28 March 2014):

"I understand the new fence will be ordered next week and should take 10 days."

We shall be watching the situation closely and will report on events as they unfold in the area.

A good result it would seem for Woodvale residents after much hard campaigning ..


Since residents raised additional safety concerns with Cllr Preece, many repairs to the pathway have taken place. This is great news for local people and especially elderly residents who use the area well. 

Above: repairs and new flags addressed on the precinct at Sandbrook Way. 

Tories dragging their feet... again! 

Although Ainsdale's Conservative councillors (Ted Hartill and Terry Jones) have 'blocked' residents' proposals to enhance the area with additional shrubs and trees, the above improvements are welcomed.

Above: Ainsdale Conservatives Ted Hartill (left) and Terry Jones who have so far blocked our sensible proposals for this area. 

Cllr Preece and residents were very disappointed that the Tories in question had blocked the proposed improvements. However, not to be dismayed Cllr Preece went on to field a new proposal for removable planters on the precinct. Sadly however the Tory councillors are dragging their feet on this particular plan as well...

Cllr Preece stated: 

"I'm waiting for what I believe is a very important Community enhancement initiative and can't believe why our two Tory councillors are delaying."

Residents share the same sentiments. Will the Tories finally pull their finger out or will they continue to block sensible improvements? 

Tory ideas of helping beleaguered Ainsdale residents appear to amount to them saying:  'Don't call us , we'll call you!' 

Some of us want to see improvement NOW for the elderly residents; not in many years to come! 

Monday, 17 March 2014

Woodvale's ongoing fiasco!


Following several unsuccessful attempts to contact the local press last week over the Woodvale issue, I have to advise that they DO now have the relevant links (as below) regarding the ongoing Woodvale improvement issue.



Residents therefore hope the press will now do the right thing and report the issue accurately. 

Economical with truth? 

The main point here is that elderly residents are being told by local Ainsdale Tories that it will eventually be all love, light and roses when potential improvements get done. How nice that all seems but....

They however fail to tell the residents that they are talking of a minimum of 3 to 5 years ‘before’ anything may kick into gear.

This is no use to elderly Sandbrook Way residents who need action NOW, as demanded by us and Cllr Haydn Preece.  In 3-5 years many of the elderly folk will not even be around to see long-promised improvements. This latter point is one that residents have actually stated to me personally! 

Real reason for block (that you will probably never see in the press)!

Of course the Tory excuse of waste of funds so  ‘NO ACTION NOW’ is only a 'part' of the issue behind their refusal to help local residents gain a better standard of living and equality.

Above: WWP team whistle-blowers who were unfairly banned after 9 months of hard graft. This debacle has been reported to the Southport media many times, yet they have 'not' highlighted it. 

Councillors Hartill and Jones are possibly exceptionally upset about the recent exposures, by Cllr Preece and me, concerning their odious part in getting Woodvale Woodland Project (WWP) volunteers banned from their own project. 

Nevertheless, they can only blame 'themselves' for this regrettable WWP situation and to be quite honest they must know that!

They could easily have stopped it themselves last autumn but rather than put residents interests 'first' they decided to play political games. How can any allegedly 'caring' person sit on the fence and see volunteers and their hard-working children treated like dirt? 

As with Sefton’s apathetic Council officers, shame on them all! 

Apathy and Drugs 

Residents now feel that these two disobliging and unprofessional politicians should hold their heads down low  in shame after this fiasco. 

Their proven apathy is letting the location decay into something much worse and the escalating drug issue is only a part of it. Moreover, any new attempts they may now undertake are simply more examples of 'damage limitation' following the many exposures about their lack on concern for this Sandbrook Way area. 

Above: leave an area to rot and often the drug-heads move in, as with this area... 


After the heartless improvement block by these two Tories, Cllr Preece suggested removable shrub planters as a way to brighten up the area. 

The question is, will Hartill and Jones also block this proposal?

Also, we are still hoping to see some action regarding getting the fence fixed and will report back on any improvements by One Vision Housing etc. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Woodvale Tories: Drugs, Slum conditions and Apathy - but who cares?

Sandbrook Way Despair:  thanks to disgusting political apathy?

I have just been speaking with residents who live at the broken fence flats and discussing how the two local Tories (Cllr Terry Jones and Cllr Ted Hartill) have recently blocked the cash, initially gained by Libdem Cllr Haydn Preece, needed NOW for urgent improvements to the area.

Understandably the good people herein are not impressed with this Conservative insult and said that a 3-5 years wait is of no use to elderly residents as many may not even live that long. They have already waited long enough.

Plus the intended new trees/shrubs for the precinct/pedestrianised area of Sandbrook Way (that the Tories have blocked) would be brilliant for the wildlife and also enlivening for residents. 

These bumbling Tory self-seekers are therefore guilty of bringing additional despair to this area due to what I see as their personal agenda against myself and other eco-volunteers with regards to the Woodvale Woodvale Project  (WWP) fiasco. (see WWP fallout axis etc).

Rest assured though that other local residents 'will' most certainly spread the word about their appalling conduct... 

Small victory - fingers crossed! 

Above: Cllr Preece pushing for more Sandbrook Way action! 

However, I am reliably informed by Cllr Preece that One Vision Housing have finally agreed to survey and repair the fence, which needs attention urgently. 

About time as well....! 

Latest Tory 'Damage-Limitation' Publicity Stunt - do they really think the public was born yesterday? 

Whilst Sandbrook Way residents are left in this unacceptable mess, one of the Conservative councillors (Ted Hartill) is apparently seeking to bolster his lacklustre public profile, via ‘picking up litter’ with fellow Tories in another ward (Kew). 

What good though is this for Woodvale's needy residents? 

Above: Latest Tory political publicity, damage-limitation, stunt? Cllr Hartill takes customary 'centre stage', even over a new Tory candidate it seems in a ward that is 'not' even his own. 

Cllr Hartill was very happy to work towards getting Woodvale volunteers 'banned' (for whistle-blowing on his unacceptable activities) from their own eco- project linked to the WACA charity that he is chairman off. 

He had admitted that the WWP venture would never have got off the ground 'without' the local  people who had put in 99% of the work effort. Yet now he is content to start something similar all up 'again' in another ward. 

How odd, but also how very 'revealing' this political sleight of hand really  is! 

Does the Southport Conservative Party think the public were born yesterday/are totally stupid with such a transparent political damage-limitation ruse? 

It is quite amazing that this Ainsdale politician can treat WWP volunteers, including hard working young people, with such abject contempt and then conveniently swan off to another area (not even his own ward) as if nothing had happened.

Above: the original WWP team who were outrageously banned from their own 9-month eco-project thanks to the Council's apathy and dirty WACA tricks, under the despotic remit of Cllr Ted Hartill. 

Please check this WWP link to discover why the team refused to work under Hartill's flawed regime...

It’s also less than amusing that Cllr Hartill is now apparently happy to give commitment to other areas when his WACA charity-run youth club appears to be ‘attracting’ a growing drug problem in the Sandbrook Way area.

Above: evidence of drug misuse is being seen increasingly linked to local WACA - run youth club events. Many drug packets have been discovered by local residents on mornings 'after' the youth club was on.

Above: local residents have also discovered large amounts of dumped lighters and cigarettes  that are stripped of all tobacco, relating to drug misuse. 

Naturally, all responsible  local parents with young children are very concerned about the Woodvale drug issue. 
It should also be remembered that these two Tories 'refused' to attend a police meeting, concerning various issues, with Cllr Preece when asked to do so. 

I reiterate that police have stated that they suspect dealers are in the region. They have also given out drug abuse information letters to residents recently.  

Drug abuse is commonly discovered on mornings subsequent to the youth club activity. 

Is there a link between this youth facility and what is happening on Sandbrook Way/Road? 

Above: drug packets found by residents on mornings 'after' the WACA youth club event. 

Only cannabis some may say, yet if money is there for dealers to make out of unsupervised youths then how long before 'harder' and much more deadly stuff gets onto the Woodvale streets? Will the politicians and press 'get the message' when syringes and unconscious children start showing up herein? One can only warn!

The Southport press are also fully aware of the unacceptable situation(s) that I have freely accentuated above but have for some reason failed to report on it so far, regardless of several very interested journalists getting in touch.

Above: What do they say about chocolate teapots? Ainsdale Tories, Hartill and Jones. No help, or interest, for local residents' concerns! 

I can only speak from personal experience and nothing more. I believe that credit should be given when deserved, yet the reverse is true when the situation demands! 

Many folk are heartily sick and tired of the odious and unprofessional conduct of these two publicly – elected officials. This is no time for silly party political games of one-up-man-ship! 

Sadly thanks to these two highly – apathetic Tories, Ainsdale is NOT getting the representation that it sincerely deserves!   

I continue to invite others to show some form of interest on the current situation. I am sure that there must be one of two people out there who still care... but then again, I could be wrong! 

Woodvale needs help now not in years to come!