Are Castle Point Council preparing the first steps to demolish the Paddocks?
Could it also be that Canvey Island residents are being Censored by the Echo Newspaper on Behalf of Castle Point council?
Following the exhaustive Leveson judicial public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press, the Echo Under a banner Headline proclaimed;
‘Why press freedom is vital in our democracy’
“Imagine a world where newspapers were unable to challenge hospitals over care and councils over spiralling costs.”
“Imagine a world where newspapers were fearful of taking their MPs to task over government policies.”
We must wholeheartedly support their dedication to democracy on this issue, especially on many occasions the Echo’s investigative journalism has in the past exposed many important issues.
However it has been brought to our attention that perhaps all may not be quite so transparent!
A Canvey resident has informed us of a letter he sent to the Echo regarding his concerns over Castle Point council’s approach towards certain issues.
The Resident apparently persisted with enquiries as to why the letter had not been published, and only following contact from the Echo to verify his credentials, did the letter eventually appear in the Letters column!
Why would the Echo delay in publishing a Canvey resident’s letter on a Castle Point matter, rather than reproducing at the time the information was topical?
This is not the first occasion, as at least one of the Canvey Green Belt Campaign group’s letters was also only printed following re-submission.
Now we learn of yet another Letter from a different Canvey resident that has also been delayed from publication.
This time querying Castle Point council’s intentions for the Paddocks!
The Canvey Resident’s letter explained fears that, despite the reassurances of cllr Smith, concern remained for the continued existence of the Paddocks Hall, the number of Car Parking spaces already shared with the Health Centre and the possibility of the partial release of the site for more Town Centre Flats!
Once again this resident has not had his letter published, and has needed to write again, And then a third time, to ask the Echo staff to explain, WHY NOT?
We appreciate that what the Echo publish, or chose to omit, is entirely their perogative, but surely the Echo do not have to run a letter’s content past the powers that be at Castle Point council!
We note there is never a glut of Letters from Canvey residents printed in the Echo columns, whilst there are certain contributors that appear to find it easy to have their letters approved on a regular, often too regular, basis, despite many topics verging on being considered banal, or even more suited to a National Publication!
Maybe there is even a “Sensitive” Warning Alarm Bell that rings on the Echo Letters Desk when a Letter is received from a Canvey Island address?
The Echo asked us to “Imagine a world where newspapers were unable to challenge …councils.”
Is there a Transparency issue regarding Echo Editorial content and Castle Point Council?
We sincerely trust not!
If certain contributions from Canvey residents are becoming too sensitive for the Echo editor or Castle Point council for immediate publication, then there needs to be a closer inspection of what is considered “challenging” and yet fit for publication in Print, weighed against what appears on the Echo website!
The Echo allows, and fails to remove spurious, damaging and possibly libellous accusations of the receipt of “Brown Envelopes” and Back-handers, aimed at our Castle Point councillors, published under pseudonyms, to remain visible on the newspaper’s website!
And yet Canvey residents have difficulty in legitimately calling into question Castle Point council cabinet decisions, through the Echo Letters column!
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