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Complainant Name:
Terrence Woodings

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Blackpool Gazette


Terrence Woodings of Blackpool complained that a local councillor had on the letters page of the newspaper disputed his claim that he had contacted the councillor in 2004 about the effects of a one-way road system and that he had received an unsigned letter in response. The complainant provided the letters from 2004 to support his position.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

I wish to make it clear to readers of the Gazette that I wrote to Councillor Doherty regarding Park Ward matters on 6th January 2004, with a copy to the Chief Executive. Having not received a reply by early May 2004 I again wrote to the Chief Executive who responded on 21st May 2004 informing me that Councillor Doherty would be responding to me in more detail. I subsequently received a letter dated 21st May 2004 which although unsigned I accepted in good faith as having sent by or on behalf of Councillor Doherty.

Copies of all three letters have been sent to both the Evening Gazette and to Blackpool Borough Council.

Any Gazette reader wishing to read the full content of these letters can obtain copies by sending an e:mail to the following temporary e:mail address, and these will be forwarded without comment. This is a temporary address and will be discontinued as and from Monday 22nd December 2008.

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