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Deal Town Council pays £45k for bullying and sexism claims

01 January 2014
by Beth Robson

MP Charlie Elphicke said the “substantial sum of money” that has been agreed by Deal Town Council is a “serious waste of taxpayers’ money.”

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Mrs Dykes left the Town Hall in September claiming she was bullied, that there was sex discrimination and she was regularly overworked.

The mayor, Cllr Marlene Burnham was named in a report of an appeal hearing, which had been leaked to the press.

She was accused of breech of confidence – showing Cllr Ian Killbery a confidential letter of concern from Mrs Dykes to Cllr Burnham which should not have been disclosed.

Cllr Killbery and Cllr Kath Blackburn were also implicated.

Mr Elphicke added: “There should be no place in local politics for bullying and sex discrimination.

“It is simply depressing that a number of councillors seem more interested in covering it up than taking responsibility.” 

The £45,000 sum – incorrectly reported in another newspaper – was agreed between Mrs Dykes and the council instead of reaching a tribunal.

The shambles means all town councillors have been asked to go on a course dealing with bullying and harassment organised by ACAS.

This is being arranged by the acting town clerk, Lorna Crow.

Former town clerk Lin Dykes received a pay out of £45,000 from Deal Town Council after making bullying and sex discrimination allegations.

Former town clerk Lin Dykes received a pay out of £45,000 from Deal Town Council after making bullying and sex discrimination allegations.

Councillors have been given a date in January and three dates in February to choose from.

In November the police were called after somebody fixed a banner to the Town Hall on Bonfire Night.

The sheet said it was “symbolically” blowing up the shenanegins of the mayor and other councillors in a protest that mirrored the Gunpowder Plot.

Police were not able to decipher who was responsible because the CCTV cameras did not pick up the protest.

The case has been dropped.

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