Former spy car chief campaigns against vehicle in Southchurch election bid

Derek Kenyon (left) in his days as spy car chief, with councillor Tony Cox

Derek Kenyon (left) in his days as spy car chief, with councillor Tony Cox

First published in Echo News Exclusive by

A FORMER advocate of Southend’s hated spy car is campaigning for election... against the spy car.

Until his retirement a few months ago, Derek Kenyon was in charge of Southend Council’s spy car as it handed out tickets to a man with a blue badge dropping off his disabled wife, a woman stopping for seven seconds to drop off her sick, elderly father and a hospital worker visiting patients at home.

But the former parking manager has called for a review of the “ever present” vehicle as he campaigns to be elected as an Independent councillor for Southchurch in May.

In a campaign leaflet Mr Kenyon boasts of being drafted into the council to help set up a “new department in traffic and highways” and progressing to “section leader” after 14 years, but fails to reveal his post as parking ticket chief.

Tony Cox, who as councillor responsible for transport was Mr Kenyon’s boss, said: “I’m shocked the king advocate of the CCTV car as an officer in the council has had a complete about turn in his approach.

“It smacks of shameless electioneering, but that’s what you get from Independent candidates.”

Calling for a “complete review of the purpose” of the spy car in the leaflet, Mr Kenyon writes: “Parking is becoming a major problem in all areas throughout the town.

“Small businesses and residents are suffering from high parking charges, which are forcing shoppers to go elsewhere.

“Local businesses should be leading the recovery in Southend, but are being held back by these charges and the ever-present threat of the camera car driving by and issuing tickets, often without being aware of the circumstances as to why the vehicle is parked there.”

Mr Kenyon was unavailable for comment, but his agent, Independent councillor for Thorpe, Ron Woodley, said: “Derek didn’t decide the policies of the council, he was responsible for carrying out its policies and if he didn’t, he would have been sacked.

“He is now free as he has retired and he is saying what he really believes.”

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9:07am Thu 10 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

What a pathetic hypocrite.
What a pathetic hypocrite. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 21

9:09am Thu 10 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies.
The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 10

9:24am Thu 10 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Blimey what a cheek, he deserves to get no votes for that stunt, you couldn't make it up.
Blimey what a cheek, he deserves to get no votes for that stunt, you couldn't make it up. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 17

9:29am Thu 10 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
What a pathetic hypocrite.
'hypocrisy' and 'council' are synonymous....
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic hypocrite.[/p][/quote]'hypocrisy' and 'council' are synonymous.... pembury53
  • Score: 10

9:47am Thu 10 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

that spy car will be following DK now, just watching, waiting, stealth like
that spy car will be following DK now, just watching, waiting, stealth like DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 14

9:55am Thu 10 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

The gamekeeper turned poacher..
The gamekeeper turned poacher.. ThisYear
  • Score: 9

10:05am Thu 10 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
that spy car will be following DK now, just watching, waiting, stealth like
Too right, I mean it almost looks invisable to the naked eye. It should be painted HiViz to make it fair.
Its not fair, I pay my road tax, I shouldnt get spied on............
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: that spy car will be following DK now, just watching, waiting, stealth like[/p][/quote]Too right, I mean it almost looks invisable to the naked eye. It should be painted HiViz to make it fair. Its not fair, I pay my road tax, I shouldnt get spied on............ Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -1

10:08am Thu 10 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies.
Is he the driver of the spy car?
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies.[/p][/quote]Is he the driver of the spy car? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

10:24am Thu 10 Apr 14

Nelly99 says...

It is a bit much calling him a 'king advocate!
It is a bit much calling him a 'king advocate! Nelly99
  • Score: 4

11:26am Thu 10 Apr 14

Southend Andy says...

How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way.

Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge
How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way. Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge Southend Andy
  • Score: 9

1:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Southend Andy wrote:
How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way.

Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge
I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people.

There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target.

What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme?

Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups.

It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump.

Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise.

Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way. Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge[/p][/quote]I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people. There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target. What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme? Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups. It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump. Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise. Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -7

1:58pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Alekhine says...

wait for it.....
wait for it..... Alekhine
  • Score: -1

3:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Democrat says...

Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents.
Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents. Democrat
  • Score: 3

5:40pm Thu 10 Apr 14

melmc92 says...

such a joke.. i got ticketed 5 times in one spot.. and when i tried to explain and contest the tickets it was'nt even enforceable in the first place but surprise surprise the council did'nt hear my plea.. something must be done about parking not cash cowing out everyone for the sake of it!
such a joke.. i got ticketed 5 times in one spot.. and when i tried to explain and contest the tickets it was'nt even enforceable in the first place but surprise surprise the council did'nt hear my plea.. something must be done about parking not cash cowing out everyone for the sake of it! melmc92
  • Score: 0

5:56pm Thu 10 Apr 14

lucy10 says...

Democrat wrote:
Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents.
you talking bull sh@it
[quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents.[/p][/quote]you talking bull sh@it lucy10
  • Score: 0

6:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ekcoanarak says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Southend Andy wrote:
How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way.

Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge
I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people.

There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target.

What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme?

Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups.

It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump.

Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise.

Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders.
I think that sums it up well, like the Police , these people always go for the easy targets, no investigation for caravan fires on A130.........
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way. Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge[/p][/quote]I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people. There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target. What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme? Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups. It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump. Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise. Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders.[/p][/quote]I think that sums it up well, like the Police , these people always go for the easy targets, no investigation for caravan fires on A130......... ekcoanarak
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Thu 10 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Southend Andy wrote:
How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way.

Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge
Ha...i see many that don't see it, many are not looking for it, its a cheeky little thing, and its white for a reason, it does blend in to those who are parked where they shouldn't be, even the periscope camera is black to blend in, trust me if you could see the evidence of some cases the drivers are oblivious they have been caught.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way. Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge[/p][/quote]Ha...i see many that don't see it, many are not looking for it, its a cheeky little thing, and its white for a reason, it does blend in to those who are parked where they shouldn't be, even the periscope camera is black to blend in, trust me if you could see the evidence of some cases the drivers are oblivious they have been caught. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

8:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Democrat says...

lucy10 wrote:
Democrat wrote:
Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents.
you talking bull sh@it
How very mature!
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents.[/p][/quote]you talking bull sh@it[/p][/quote]How very mature! Democrat
  • Score: -1

9:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Democrat wrote:
lucy10 wrote:
Democrat wrote:
Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents.
you talking bull sh@it
How very mature!
good for the garden then.
[quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: Ideal Independent councillor as he has already shown he is two-faced. The 'Independents' of this area are clearly now a political party under the control of Woodley. They are clearly not Independents.[/p][/quote]you talking bull sh@it[/p][/quote]How very mature![/p][/quote]good for the garden then. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -1

10:08pm Thu 10 Apr 14

the25man says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Southend Andy wrote:
How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way.

Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge
I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people.

There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target.

What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme?

Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups.

It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump.

Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise.

Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders.
Kim as usual plenty of blurb about anything but the article.
Derek Kenyon was the former chief of the parking now retired but wants to be elected to council on the grounds he is against the car.
Talk about a turn about.
That Kim is what this article is about not about the Camera car
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way. Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge[/p][/quote]I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people. There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target. What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme? Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups. It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump. Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise. Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders.[/p][/quote]Kim as usual plenty of blurb about anything but the article. Derek Kenyon was the former chief of the parking now retired but wants to be elected to council on the grounds he is against the car. Talk about a turn about. That Kim is what this article is about not about the Camera car the25man
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

ekcoanarak wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Southend Andy wrote:
How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way.

Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge
I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people.

There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target.

What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme?

Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups.

It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump.

Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise.

Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders.
I think that sums it up well, like the Police , these people always go for the easy targets, no investigation for caravan fires on A130.........
"no investigation for caravan fires on A130"

Is this the case? How do you know this?
[quote][p][bold]ekcoanarak[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: How can it be a 'spy' car. It's covered in stickers & has a huge camera on top, hardley a spy. The only people who complain about it are the people who can't park in a safe & legal way. Now I'll wait for all the antis to jump on & winge[/p][/quote]I detest any form of Big Brother, especially when most of it is inefficient and ineffective and often catches the wrong people. There are far worse things happening in the streets, or do you not read the other stories? There's one today about a young woman being tripped and repeatedly kicked in the head. People are attacked in broad daylight, cars set on fire, caravans detonated on main roads and we are victimising disabled people and the sick and elderly and parents.. easy target. What about the boy racers and other thugs who inhabit public car parks. Is anyone pursuing them? Wouldn't that be a more worthwhile use of such a scheme? Why do you not understand that most of these spy cameras are a cash cow and are policed by people who love a bit of power but are loathe to tackle bullyboy targets and genuine miscreants - and instead go for the most vulnerable groups. It would be better employed "spying" on thugs and arsonists up to no good and reporting back to the police, who seem conspicuous by their absence when anything genuinely dangerous to the public is happening - like exploding caravans on the A130 - which have now become a public dump. Most forms of spy cameras are controlled by organisations who are very picky about who they victimise. Certain sectors of the community get off light and are overlooked on the grounds of their minority status or because it's too much trouble to round up the real offenders.[/p][/quote]I think that sums it up well, like the Police , these people always go for the easy targets, no investigation for caravan fires on A130.........[/p][/quote]"no investigation for caravan fires on A130" Is this the case? How do you know this? ThisYear
  • Score: -3

6:28am Fri 11 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies.
Many many pies. What a disgrace.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies.[/p][/quote]Many many pies. What a disgrace. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 1

10:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
poortaxpayer wrote:
The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies.
Many many pies. What a disgrace.
He's got someway to go to catch up with Rackley, Ball and co though...
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: The guy on the right appears to enjoy his pies.[/p][/quote]Many many pies. What a disgrace.[/p][/quote]He's got someway to go to catch up with Rackley, Ball and co though... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

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