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EFFORT TO SILENCE LETTER WRITER FAILS

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A landlord whose prolific letter-writing is estimated to have cost Maidstone BC£150,000 is considering legal actio...
A landlord whose prolific letter-writing is estimated to have cost Maidstone BC£150,000 is considering legal action after the council's policy and resources committee decided not to label him a 'vexatious complainant'.

The Daily Telegraph (p3) reports that over five years, Fergus Wilson has written to complain or comment on 185 seperate issues, such as housing, benefits and planning, and that council employees have spent 1,970 hours dealing with his letters and phone calls, which often last between 30 and 60 minutes.

The cost of dealing with his correspondence, based on a£15 an hour avarege, over five years works out at around£150,000.

Ian Ellis, an independent councillor, had hoped to reduce the work load caused by WIlson's letters and telephone calls by having him termed a vexatious complainant.

Wilson is now understood to have instructed his solicitor to handle the matter.
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