Today I was contacted by a resident who owns a taxi company. ERYC had stated he could not be accompanied to a meeting with them or record the meeting.
- ERYC are unaware of the reason the resident wants to be accompanied and as per legislation he is not obliged to state the reason.
- ERYC are unaware of the reason the resident wants to record and as per legislation he does not have to state the reason.
- There is no legislation which states you cannot record your life.
One essential prerequisite of bullying is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict.
Officers hold such power over residents.
I consider it to be bullying if a resident is required to attend a meeting with two ERYC officers and to be told they cannot be accompanied or record the meeting when there is no legislation to support this.
I believe residents should always be allowed to be accompanied to an ERYC meeting and record it if they choose.
Thank You Nigel
I would like to thank Nigel Leighton, Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services, East Riding of Yorkshire Council for responding promptly to assure me he will look into this.