Issues surrounding a community group on Facebook has got out of hand according to local residents.
Over the last few months, the leader of Three Rivers District Council and Abbots Langley Parish councillor Sara Bedford has been causing a stir on the social media site by blocking, and sometimes removing people from Abbots Langley Matters because of the opinions they express.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Everybody is having issues with the site, it’s getting ridiculous. She acts like she dominates everything, and I totally believe it conflicts her councillor status.
“We can’t have adult discussions about local issues, and you would dare to have a Conservative or Labour opinion otherwise you’re out. She doesn’t have the authority to dictate what people can or can’t say – she’s not the Facebook police.”
Another resident commented: “It should be called Lib Dem Matters or Sara Bedford’s Opinion Matters because she will shoot you down and even block or remove you if you have a different opinion.”
Judy Stower said: “We are very lucky here in Abbots Langley, as there are at least 10 groups with a focus or interest in Abbots Langley, its people and/or its activities.
“Each group lays out what it is about and who runs it. So you choose a group that suits the purpose YOU want to use it for.
“If your purpose is deemed to be against the rules of that particular group by you can always find another one to use.”
A local, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’m blocked as I asked whether a non-political person could be admin as well. She made it that no comments could be made and when I asked the question again she blocked me on the group.
“Power freak, it is wrong she is the admin on there. I would have thought Abbots Langley Parish Council would have advised her to come off but they’re probably too frightened by her.”
Councillor Sara Bedford commented: “Hardly anyone is removed from the Group. People are removed for persistent advertising or off-topic postings, or for continued swearing and/or rudeness. No comment is removed simply for the opinion expressed.
“The Abbots Langley Matters group is by far the most popular local Facebook group and is still having several members join every day. Residents often tell me how much they value a part of the internet where there is no trolling, bad language, persistent hobby horsing or mention of Brexit.”
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