I wish to thank Jules Cranwell for raising the complaint against Monika Juneja and his very articulate and objective analysis of the situation.
Her fall from grace resulted directly from her own fraudulent activity and certainly not from any ‘witch hunt’. It is in all our interests in Guildford Borough that our councillors are honest and serve with integrity. This seems manifestly not the case in this instance.
On a personal level I could have some sympathy for a woman who has become tangled in her own web of deceit but this deceit directly affects too many. She has fraudulently worked her way through a number of councils potentially influencing important strategic decisions and policy.
In Guildford she has been in charge of the Local Plan, one of the most, if notthe most, significant undertakings in our borough for a very long time: the outcome will influence every one of us going forward and threatens to irrevocably change the landscape and environment in which we all live.
Her planning credentials are woeful. If this plan, conceived under such questionable leadership, is resurrected as promised by Stephen Mansbridge, how can we believe that the evidence is real, the figures presented accurate and unbiased and the strategic inputs sound?
How can we know that there is not now a desperate attempt to cover the cracks and limit damage within a council that has been duped or worse?
How many people voting in this round of local elections have done so on the basis of promises to protect our green belt and look after our interests urban or otherwise?
What are these promises worth while the same leadership that promoted someone who fraudulently and, in my view, incompetently took us into the botched, unprofessional, unsubstantiated top down plan, remains in place?
Guildford Borough Council is overdue for a radical overhaul. I dearly hope that, in the interests of democracy and to restore the faith of the local electorate, the incoming Conservative majority of councillors will seek to elect a new leader and to revise the existing governance arrangements.
Jenny Procter is a member of the Save Send Action Group