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Update 16th April 2024

Today I stopped waiting for Southwark Parking Services to give me a means of logging in and made a payment to the Southwark bank account by direct transfer, with intention that they will then direct their outsourcers to get on with the job.

I suspect this will enrage somebody because Dashcard will have to ask to be paid, but as they have been serving me with endless PCNs I needed to find a way of stopping what they were doing.

This will also force me to write yet again to Ms. Loderick, which is seemingly pointless in the light of all evidence..

So here is what I wrote to Ms. Loderick:-

Althea Loderick, CEO
Southwark council
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Dishonesty in council outsourcing departments

16 April 2024

Dear Ms. Loderick

I wrote to you recently about apparent fraud concerning the renewal of resident parking permits.

The people who deal with this activity have made it impossible for me to log into their site to renew my permit and have since served many PCNs on me because I have no permit. This is one of those peculiarities one finds amongst outsourcers – namely, by being less efficient they increase their profit at the same time as reducing their overheads. It is rather dishonest.

Today I made a payment from my bank account to Southwark's bank account to cover the cost of a one-year permit with the reference FM04 SXK (the number of the vehicle concerned) as this was the only possibility in the circumstances. Dashcard had invited me to telephone them and make payment over the phone, but I would not know who's account the payment went to if I did that. What they are supposed to do if somebody forgets their login details is to send a reset email, but they don't.

I would appreciate it if you would tell Dashcard to cancel all the PCNs they have served on me. I certainly will not be paying them.

Yours

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Update 7th April 2024

It is all getting a bit exasperating. Here is a letter I decided I needed to send to Althea Loderick yesterday:-

Althea Loderick, CEO
Southwark council
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Dishonesty in council departments

6th Apriil 2024

Dear Ms. Loderick

I am becoming increasingly concerned about apparent fraud amongst your employees.The frauds I have noticed during the years since I bought my house in 1981 have cost me many thousands and have also resulted in much damage to my property. The most recent one led to my finally putting my foot down and making a claim through the Bromley County Court (Claim no. K01BR579). Joshua Harris in your legal department successfully prevented the case being heard by countering that I was out of time, and I shortly afterwards asked him if he was deliberately trying to avoid fraud being detected. He has not replied.

The case cost me a few hundred and I will endeavour to recover this (as well as the sum originally claimed) by any legal means possible.

Other much earlier events will be more difficult to deal with, but I do intend to persist, because if fraud is detected there is no statute of limitation and I have much of the corresondence involved in earlier cases still in my files.

My website (above) gives a fairly good outline of what I am talking about, and also contains my statement of case for Claim no. K01BR579

I am hoping you will address this problem as a CEO should.

Yours

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(Update 9th March at end)

Here is a letter I sent to my local council re fraud:


Althea Loderick, CEO
Southwark council
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Dishonesty in council departments.

31 October 2023

Dear Ms. Loderick

I recently sent you a copy of a letter to your legal department regarding Claim no. K01BR579 in the Bromley County Court and fraud within the buildings department. Unfortunately it does not stop there. Your whole system probably needs an overhaul.

Today neighbours expressed concern about the state of my very large lime tree because it would smash the fronts of their houses if it toppled towards them (which is quite likely). Long ago I asked for permission to fell this tree because of the dangers and your arboricultural dept, told me I could not. I need to know whether Southwark will pay for all the damage if it does go.

Your tree people tell me that if I want to fell an already badly diseased tree in my back garden (it is hollow at the bottom) I will have to pay them £6000 and plant three new trees in it's place. As this is both impractical and nearly impossible I assume a fraud of the same type as is practiced by members of the buildings dept. (backhanders all round). As I do not any longer (thank god) have a tenant I assume that what they are waiting for is for me to offer them a bribe. If I did I would document the matter and publish it (probably film it), which would be no good for you or your employees

What I would actually like is to be dealing with an honest council.

Yours

****************


Nobody has acknowledged this letter or earlier ones, which is worrying. Is somebody fielding Ms. Loderick's mail and making sure that she does not read it if it flags up fraud? Or, alternatively, does she read it and deliberately not reply because she can avoid being responsible for the actions of her workforce (or even herself)?

A big question.

As I am sure you are aware, anything sent out by somebody else is their copyright, so I cannot print letters the council sends me without their permission. But I can give you an outline of what they say, which will be my own copyright and only put me in danger of being sued for misrepresenting the writer. This could lead to endless wrangling but would publicise that which I am trying to publicise (fraud within the council) and make endless work for lawyers to feast on for many years, but might help to publicise that which I am trying to publicise.

So now I will try to put the whole matter into chronological order by using some of my original letters to them with my comments regarding their letters to me added. There are not many of them:

(this document might get modified when I find other letters and emails I sent and add them)

on 15 Sept 2022 to Anne-Marie Carty (building department, I believe):

Dear Ms. Carty

Thanks for reply.

I think a few crimes were committed by Frank Whittle, the Albertises and council-paid cowboy builders in the 80s and it is likely I still have some of the correspondense on the matter. Mr. Radford when he called remembered that he had been here in the eighties and so he seems to be implicated for more than one reason, and I tend to believe that he is hiding by getting you to reply to my enquiries.

I don't mind going to the police, but do you not think it would be a good idea for Southwark to investigate it's own employees' misconduct? I have alleged theft of multiple architectural artefacts carried out under the guise of doing 'works in default' by a team of second-rate builders under Frank Whittle. A fairly serious set of crimes. As far as I remember, Whittle was in charge of those works, and Radford tells me he was there at the time. There was quite a lot of correspondence on the matter because I thought then (and still do) that the works being done were completely unnecessary and would have preferred to do any that were actually necessary myself.

Re balcony repairs: As Mr. Radford took photos you will be able to see that the work was about as shoddy as it could be given what it's purpose was. I will look up the payment and sue Southwark if I don't get a full refund. If I go for a county court claim I will of course ask for interest and costs

(NOTE: No photos were sent by Radford)

There was at least one other question and a suggestion that should prompt a response of some sort from your department. Was Whittle fired and why? And how the Albertises came into the matter.

Yours

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Note: Mrs. Albertis died in 2016, but I believe her son is still alive. He remained my tenant until he ran away a few years ago owing huge sums of money.

My printer stopped working and so on one occasion I was forced to hand-write a letter to Joshua Harris at Southwark. It is terribly diffuclt to read and seems to have no reference, but Mr Harris evidently knew to which matter I was referring.

I cannot get this letter onto the website, but it only refers to the reason for the council doing 'works in default' on my house.

This was followed by another hand-written letter which reminds Mr. Harris the council's solicitor that I have alleged fraud in the building Department and that as far as I know there is no Statute of limitation in claims involving fraud (on 28th September 2023).

about the 10th October I received a letter from Joshua Harris telling me that the council was defending by claiming that I was too late to ask for my money back, and attaching multiple sheets of evidence (including evidence showing the contactors had not done the work properly!!!)

I tried again to make some progress like this:-

Joshua Harris,
Southwark legal dept.
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Your ref. RU030/137618

11 October 2023

Dear Mr. Harris,

Claim no. K01BR579 -Bromley County Court.

Although you have sent me a fair paperstorm and a summons for council tax (all of which was paid long before you started the action) I shall persist.

I want Southwark to investigate fraud in the environmental health/buildings depts and that is the main reason why I brought this action. I sent copies of email correspondence with Ms. Carty and Ms. Baldiviezo to persons purporting to be southwark fraud investigators, and if they are not so then there is another fraud going on there. I understand from these 'investigators' that nobody's emails can be looked at even if they are @southwark.gov.uk

Meanwhile, going through my documents I have found a copy of an email I sent to Ms. Carty trying to persuade her to launch an investigation. Radford left shortly after I sent it, having been working in that department since the eighties. I enclose it because it might interest you.

Joshua Harris I think tried passing the matter on to somebody else, because he sent me a letter asking me to deal with that person.

AT THIS POINT I decided that the easy way of exposing this fraud network would be to make sure that as many people as possible in Southwark know of my enquiries regarding this fraud (which is what it must be). I started sending letters I had to send to the general mail address and not specific departments, and I highlit critical parts of the letters so that the person opeing them would know there was fraud going on - and hopefully would become inquisitive.

I am hoping that by now (27 January 2024) the gossip is all around the council offices.

Try this:

Joshua Harris,
Southwark legal dept.
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Your ref. RU030/137618

18 October 2023

Dear Mr. Harris,

Claim no. K01BR579 -Bromley County Court.

I am not a lawyer, but I understand that if a defendant defends then the claimant has an obligation to send copies of evidence that they have within a set period of time. Do you want me to do this, given that you are trying to avoid my claim being heard at all?

Yours

************

Predictably, this was ignored. The reply was a letter asking me to communicate with another person in the council.

so I wrote:

Joshua Harris,
Southwark legal dept.
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Your ref. RU030/137618

20th October 2023

Dear Mr. Harris,

Claim no. K01BR579 at Bromley County Court and the question of fraud in the buildings and environmental health departments.

I noticed today that the person making an application in this matter (Claim no. K01BR579) is no longer you but a person called Doreen Forrester-Brown. Does this mean that you are no longer handling the matter? I need to know with whom I am communicating

Please could you let me know the correct email address for Southwark fraud investigation dept., as it seems I may have been duped?

I have asked Ms. Carty to send me copies of Mr. Radford's photos taken during his site inspection of the balcony at my address but have not heard anything from her in this connection. Is she perhaps on holiday?

Just for council records I need to tell you that I have not been a landlord for some years, and that I managed to stop Mr. Albertis (the tenant I had at the time of the balcony work) from damaging the building further by suing him (successfully) on each occasion he did damage. I also sued him successfully for some thefts. He of course has never paid . Debt collectors cannot find him.

Yours

***********


And followed this like this:

Joshua Harris,
Southwark legal dept.
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Your ref. RU030/137618

27 October 2023

Dear Mr. Harris,

Claim no. K01BR579 -Bromley County Court.

I have briefly looked through the evidence you or your colleague (you have not told me which) sent me and find not to my surprise that the contractor did not even bother to follow the instructions in connection with this balcony 'repair' which were sent to them by Ms. Baldiviezo.

Ms. Carty has not sent me copies of Mr. Radford's photos, which would even today show why I am claiming for this particular job.

I also need to ask again who one should contact in Southwark regarding alleged fraud committed by Southwark employees.

We are supposed to try to resolve this matter before a hearing, and so I enclose copies of my two earlier letters dated 11th and 18th October.

Yours

***********

On 28 November I had written: -

Althea Loderick, CEO
Southwark council
160 Tooley St., London SE1 2QH

Dishonesty in council departments

28 November 2023

Dear Ms. Loderick

I wrote to you recently regarding fraud in the Buildings and arboricultural departments and told you I thought there was much more fraud in Southwark Council. Because of that I am in the awkward position of feeling I need to report fraud wherever I notice it. Please therefore can you give me details of Southwark's fraud investigation people? The email addresses I have been offered for this purpose are clearly not right as nobody does anything when I contact them.

To remind you, I repeat the contents of my letter of 31 October:

(quote)

I recently sent you a copy of a letter to your legal department regarding Claim no. K01BR579 in the Bromley County Court and fraud within the buildings department. Unfortunately it does not stop there. Your whole system probably needs an overhaul.

Today neighbours expressed concern about the state of my very large lime tree because it would smash the fronts of their houses if it toppled towards them (which is quite likely). Long ago I asked for permission to fell this tree because of the dangers and your arboricultural dept, told me I could not. I need to know whether Southwark will pay for all the damage if it does go.

Your tree people tell me that if I want to fell an already badly diseased tree in my back garden (it is hollow at the bottom) I will have to pay them £6000 and plant three new trees in it's place. As this is both impractical and nearly impossible I assume a fraud of the same type as is practiced by members of the buildings dept. (backhanders all round). As I do not any longer (thank god) have a tenant I assume that what they are waiting for is for me to offer them a bribe. If I did I would document the matter and publish it (probably film it), which would be no good for you or your employees.

What I would actually like is to be dealing with an honest council.

(end of quote)

If this letter gets no response I will send it again as a 'signed for' letter (probably redated).

Yours

****************

So for the present we seem to be stuck. I am assuming that nobody at Southwark will contact me for fear of the extent of fraud within the council becoming common knowledge. Thus, I am doing my best to expose it.

And when this matter comes to court I will have to tell the judge that, although I desperately need the money to put just this one of many bodges right, my main purpose is to expose fraud in Southwark Council - I am presuming that it is a 'gang', a network, but I do not know how dangerous they might be. However, as I am so old I feel I will not lose much if I am assassinated, and I will be serving my neighbours well.

And I still do not know who you report fraud to in Southwark!!

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27 February.

(Part of my case was that fraudsters in Southwark had relieved of £40-50,000 over all the years I have owned my house and I have had enough).

This matter went to court today and Southwark sent a young lady to represent them who will send me an email if she does as she said she would. Her purpose in telling me that was so that she can send me a bill by email for a sum which she hinted might be £3000 (costs).

It is all very much like Russia. If you can't break them you try to find another way of silencing them. I don't suppose we shall see novichok in use but I am sure you get the idea.

Southwark's defence was that I should have appealed to the London Property Tribunal about the shoddy workmanship within a very short time of receiving the bill in accordance with the instructions sent with the bill (not provided). But of course as the victim I was not informed by Southwark or anybody else of this fact or of any time limits.

And as Southwark did not originally defend within the time period allowed by the court they actually had no right to defend in any way - even applying to have the matter struck out. That would have forced them into having to pay up.

But we are dealing with lawyers here, and there surely must be a way for them even if not for us.

The judge was as helpful as he could be. He explained the position and was polite and tolerated my appalling hearing problem, and I was obliged to tell him that I was only doing this in an attempt to force Southwark to address the problem of fraud within council departments. He thought I should challenge it by other routes, but I am too old for that. Other routes could easily take a similar time to that which the government is trying to promote for the Horizon scandal. Plenty of work for lawyers but no freedom or compensation for a large number of wrongly convicted postmasters, together with some politicians, computer experts and directors getting away with what in some cases has amounted to murder to fill their own pockets. Sod that.

And he warned that Southwark might decide I am harrassing them by keeping on asking them the same question (who deals with fraud allegations in Southwark council? I seem to recall a certain criminal claiming the same thing almost successfully some years ago).

He has a point. They do seem capable of such a thing.

9 March 2024

I received from the county court a document N24 informing me of the outcome of the hearing informing me that my claim is struck out and 'as it contains no cause of action summary judgment awarded to the defendant (this is sounding a bit like Henry Fielding...). If no costs have been agreed then the defendant is free to apply for a costs hearing and is not entitled to costs if that happens.

So now I need to let you know what my claim constituted:

Shoddy non-functioning and completely ineffective repairs to a balcony carried out by council contractor who then overcharged for it.

I suspect fraud, which I have reported extensively to an email address that purports to be Southwark's fraud investigation dept., and to paul.bergin@southwark.gov.uk, and fraudalert@southwark.gov.uk

I have not even tried to find out who these people are, as it seems obvious that their energies seem to be going into making sure that nobody finds anything out.

The claim continues in the following way:-

In 2020 Southwark council served a repair notice on me because my tenant at that time had complained about the condition of the balcony, which was part of that of which he was (allegedly) a statutory tenant - but he would not let me anywhere near the job to see what was needed. As I have been a lecturer in various building subjects - particularly woodwork (the balcony is all wood). I called the council's bluff by requesting that they should do the work. Thus it became 'works in default'. The work was done and when I was finally able to see what they had done I realised that the work was of the very poorest quality and did not solve the problem at all. The balcony was not rerpaired. Photographs are available to show.

I believe Southwark is full of fraud and this particular fraud was one of a series I have suffered from over all the years since I bought the house in 1981. The fraud works thus:

Tenant complains. Council serves repair notice. Work is done very poorly, thereby leaving plenty of room for furthercomplaints and repair notices. Builder gets paid too much. Builder gives tenant a commission. The first time this happened (in the 80s) the tenant was a friend of environmental health officer Whittle, who oversaw a large amount of unnecessary work. A few unusual architectural features disappeared during this time, and I actually saw two of the council's men walk across the slate roof (cracking it) and remove a leaf diverter from a rainwater pipe.

In the particular incident relating to this claim (balcony works) the builder spent approximately 3 hours on site and used less than £50 - worth of materials (easily seen by visiting site) and the bill was £2,613.00. As the works did not even start to repair the faulty balcony I am claiming a full refund, but would appreciate compensation sufficient to allow me to do a proper repair - ball-park estimate £2,300

Let's just lighten things a little:

1. At a public meal last week I described to one of the people my struggle to get some honesty out of Southwark. He said:

"but fiddles are why people want council jobs"

2. A lawyer and a bishop were arguing about who was the most important.

The bishop said "but we provide religion. Before the church there was just chaos".

And the lawyer said "Quite. And who do you think made the chaos?"

3. In 2010 I wandered into Westminster Abbey and was asked to remove my hat because I was not a woman. I heard some people practicing singing something and took a mental note. This caused me to try to replicate what they did with multiple saxophones. I Only had Audacity available to make the recording, but anyway here is the result:-

hear Evening Prayers sax ensemble

That's all for now folks.

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