Bayswater: recipient of “poisen pen letter” wants answers from City of Bayswater

Bayswater: recipient of “poisen pen letter” wants answers from City of Bayswater

A BAYSWATER resident has claimed he received a “poison pen letter” from the City of Bayswater, after he was sent an “insulting” letter in an official City envelope.

At last night’s council meeting, Bayswater City Residents Association member Tony Green said he received a letter that called him a “ratbag ratepayer” that accused him of wasting the City’s time during public question time.

“Is it the City of Bayswater’s policy to post poison pen letters?” he asked council.

Mr Green said the letter writer discussed his comments about staff leave at last month’s council meeting.

“How dare you criticise City staff for taking a break?” the letter stated.

“I suggest you stop wasting council time.”

Mr Green said the writer also called the residents group an “alleged association”, with appearances at council meetings mainly from Mr Green and his wife.

Mayor Barry McKenna asked who wrote the unsigned letter .

He said they “absolutely did not endorse” the letter and said the council would “totally distance ourselves”.

Cr McKenna said many prepaid envelopes were sent out to the community every week.

Someone in the gallery called out “disgraceful”.