What follows is an indication of the treatment we receive as bereaved parents from authorities. Fortunately the perverse actions of Spelthorne during and after the above meeting, that were hurtful to the family and TAZ supporters, were needless as the Secretary of State for the Environment had already ruled the land should be tested a few days earlier in response to our meeting with her.
The spectacle that night was the blatant abuse of democratic process by an authority protecting their reputation over the lives and health of the public. Cllrs were being pressured and coerced rather than being enabled and facilitated to do the right thing and protect the public. For clarity Nicole and I were invited by Spelthorne as bereaved parents to speak at the meeting, we were even told they wanted to be kind and give us a little longer to address them if we want. The petition seeks to protect the public at risk. When the petition was delivered; 21st October 2014, this point public protection and land testing was clear, unambiguous and unequivocal. You will note authorities neglect to mention this central point of the campaign. Authorities have crazily spiralled into blaming one another for their failings see http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/zane-gbangbola-flood-death-inquiry-8316196 as they can no longer cite police investigations as their reason for doing nothing since the police carbon monoxide case with the CPS was thrown out. The family had said it had no prospects from February; noting a person cannot die from CO that was not present.
As the meeting progressed a recommendation to 'Independently test the land to protect the public' was made. In the free and open vote that followed the councillors and the public voted to test the land. Cllr Patel instructed Spelthorne councillors to dismiss our request ignoring the earlier free and open vote. It appears certain councillors had prejudged the outcome and under their planned ambush arrangement Patel proceeded to dictate, direct, and unconstitutionally guide councillors to dismiss the petition and ignore all representations. The councillors were stopped from offering any challenge to Patel's motion to dismiss. All fair or constructive challenge was suppressed. What happened next was that none of the Cllrs voted to back the motion to dismiss. The mayor appeared incredulous, having showed deference and disinterest in the parent’s presentation and representations,
The Mayor then stepped in and again directed Cllrs that they had to dismiss; saying it is the only choice being offered. The Mayor then called a vote by a show of hands and no Cllrs raised their hand in favour. The next error of the mayor’s judgement was not then asking for those against. Sadly it took 2 or 3 further attempts of actually re-telling the Cllrs they have no choice as Patel’s report compels them to dismiss.
The process was a disgrace a textbook example of abuse in the stewardship of public office in the stifling of free will. It provided a dramatic spectacle not least because of our plea was objective, offered great detail, local site investigation comparisons, law, government reports on landfill, BBC news on cover up, and well-reasoned argument to protect the public from known risks.
To Nicole and I it felt like Spelthorne BC had invited us to speak as an ambush where they intended to offer their condolences and then proceed to destroy us with a premeditated strike of 40 members on the 2 of us, and then send us out battered and beaten, and without explanation. It felt like they intended a modern lynching. It is certainly now obvious there was nothing we could have done to avoid the beating we had been lured to. It rendered in the public gallery to be concerned at the lawfulness of the process they observed.
Spelthorne's behaviour showed a culture of not caring that a child; Zane died, or of protecting the public. They seem desperate to ignore the public protection central message of the campaign. It was disappointing in the extreme that I had to be reported as asking Cllr Watts that this was not a laughing matter, my son Zane has died!
Spelthorne only needed to do what they did on another former quarry and landfill site called Denham Lane. At Denham Spelthorne assessed the land as the law prescribes, in so doing they found Cyanide and the land was remediated. All this occurred following a single complaint from a white child. Denman is public record and only a couple of miles away from where Zane died. More than 10 months since Zane died he does not have a Death Certificate, tens of thousands have petitioned and Hydrogen Cyanide gas (used in the Nazi death camps to kill people) infused the house, was found in the families blood, was listed by emergency services on medical records immediately on admission to hospital, and my Paraplegia is stated as caused by Hydrogen Cyanide. Yet Spelthorne have done nothing for Zane or to allay local people living in fear of their lives.
Agencies seem to fear the public traction the campaign has gained. At the meeting we reminded Spelthorne the Crown Prosecution Service has thrown out both police carbon monoxide cases, and noted the Secretary of State advice, in return the members were treated to a catalogue of inaccurate information from Cllr Patel, claiming the family know the land has been tested, this is untrue. They claimed again carbon monoxide was to blame, this is untrue. They claim the land is clean; this is false, this can only be determined by testing the land and they refuse to do this. There are many, many of what appear to be deliberate errors to disguise the true nature of the situation. No effort is ever made to check information with us.
Many are concerned at issues of Bribery and Corruption as detailed in recent new law. It is strange Nicole and I face backlash for asking for help, support and answers of authorities as observed at Spelthorne.
To those councillors that refused to be complicit including Ian Beardmore who was roundly applauded by the public for his objectivity and support for the land to be tested, well done and thank you. Cllr Patel has approached us a couple of times pretending to support our cause yet she so clearly does not and perhaps should have declared her interest and efforts to meet with Kye and Nicole. Interestingly she is the only councillor that approached us.
Spelthorne BC responded to the various media articles lambasting their 'Kangaroo hearing' (an example http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/zane-gbangbola-flood-death-inquiry-8316196 ) by providing yet another excuse. They now say the coroner explicitly advised and instructed them to dismiss any action. If this is the case the public have a right to see such explicit advice from the coroner and consider its ethnicity. At this time Spelthorne's after the fact excuse raises more questions than answers. Not least why Spelthorne failed to mention said alleged coroner instruction when they were busy heartily rejecting, dismissing, and ignoring the facts provided by the family, indeed why did Spelthorne invite the family to speak all?
Nicole and I have spoken to senior ministers, the Environment Agency, HPE, and occasionally the police, we think it would be worrying if the coroner were allegedly explicitly instructing their actions.
Nicole and I have been asked many times in the past to get involved in politics, but our values involve caring for people, sharing what we have, and putting others first, sadly these do not fit with the current paradigm of people in public office.
Nicole and I would like to thank all TAZ supporters and encourage you to multiply and sign the petition at www.truthaboutzane.com Tell all the people you can that the police carbon monoxide application with the Crown Prosecution Service has collapsed, and we need to get to 100,000 names so whatever can be done to achieve this appreciated; it only takes 30 seconds to sign at 38degrees ( https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/truthaboutzane ) and costs nothing.
We need your help and support - This is all we asked of Spelthorne.