A leading Conservative is facing a council complaint after he called a campaigner a “dumb nut” in a row over a Norwich woodland.

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Cliff Jordan, who was county council cabinet member for efficiency at the time – ahead of last Thursday’s local elections when he was re-elected – made the remark in an email which he apparently sent to a council officer as well as the campaigner Alan Cubbage, from the Friends of Marriott’s Way group.

Mr Cubbage said he had made a complaint to the county council because he felt Mr Jordan’s behaviour was “not appropriate”.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman confirmed the complaint had been received.

Mr Jordan said he had made the “dumb nut” comment because the Friends of Marriott’s Way group had taken a petition which called for the site not to be auctioned to Norwich City Council rather than to the county council which owns the site.

The member for Yare and All Saints division, near Dereham, said he had sent the email to Mr Cubbage to prove that he was not being secretive.

The comments were made as a dispute broke out over the woodland’s future.

Backed by Green Party city councillors, the Friends of Marriott’s Way group have been campaigning to stop the woodland at the start of the path from being auctioned by the county council.

The authority has agreed to pull the £25,000 site from a planned auction for six months to give another community group a chance to buy it.

That group has no connection to the Friends of Marriott’s Way who say Mr Jordan’s announcement sounded like a deal done behind closed doors.

The Evening News has established the other group is led by land owner consultant Gail Mayhew.

She said she approached her then county councillor, Conservative member Philip Hardy who quit the Greens in December 2011, to ask about the land.

Following a meeting with Mr Jordan it was agreed the land would be taken off the market for six months so that Mrs Mayhew’s proposal could be put forward.

She said a meeting will now be held later in May to invite all those with an interest in maintaining the woods as a community asset to get involved.

But the Friends of Marriott’s Way will hold their own meeting on Thursday to put forward their own plans for the site.

Lucy Galvin, Green party city councillor for Wensum ward, said: “This land is too important to be decided by a deal being done behind closed doors.

“We have a number of community groups, including access, heritage and cycling groups all working together to get this land listed as a community asset by Norwich City Council.

She added: “It’s good if this land is pulled from auction, but we are seeking a meeting with Cliff Jordan and this individual to find out what this is all about.”

The Friends of Marriott’s Way will meet on Thursday at 7pm, St Luke’s Church on Aylsham Road, Norwich. For more details contact 01603 477439.

28 comments

  • Seriously, is this all Alan Cubbage has to worry about??? If it is, then I would be happy with his life!! I have had experience of him first hand before and he is one to (try) and throw his toys out of the pram in a little boys effort to get his own way.

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    Urbancommander

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Iffy Cliffy has a history of being abusive towards members of the public, both verbally and in writing in emails. How is it he always gets away with it? Jordan is so ultra right wing he makes UKIP look like Marxist Socialists! He is an embarrassment to his own party!

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    pig in trough

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Jordan looks like a "dumbnut" !

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    "V"

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • If "Iffy" is as bad as he sounds here, then perhaps there should be a re-count in the district he represents. How on earth does such a reptile get support.

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    Sandy.L

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • I wonder if Cllr Jordan might like to update us all on his attempt to take the DSS to the EU court after they quite rightly pursued him to pay back his disability payments after it transpired that he had 'mistakenly' claimed lots of lovely benefits whilst claiming his council allowances as an honest wage too? He seems to be quite happy to bandy all sorts of insults around at members of the public but also has his legal team on a retainer should someone accuse him of any sort of wrongdoing himself - funny that!

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Iffy Cliffy ensured Holt would not be a conservative seat. The man is an absolute pig how he remains a councillor is beyond me as everyone who has any sort of contact with him knows exactly what a bullying, ignorant person he is. he can hardly string a sentence together but mitigates it by saying I say it as it is. Rubbish he is just a nasty piece of work who should never be in charge of anything other than a pig sty

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Your right whimsie73, it seems most of the comments on here are clearly from the bullying type of people,resulting in name calling?? very grown up!! Probably because they can't get there own way.. Truth is you cant please everybody.

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    norfolkboyo

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • I wish I had his hair ! he is not foliclely challenged !± and yes I know its bad spelling !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Poor old boy....I think this is a case of pot calling the kettle black, especially when this is the same Cliffy Jordan who forgot about his £17,000s worth of benefits he claimed in 2006! There, there,my man....

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    jaybaxter

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Jordan why did you ignore 65.516 in West Norfolk that said not to the Tory waste incinerator? What is hidden in the contract that we are not allowed to see? The Tories are yesterdays news. By the time the election is here I know that the conservative party will be extinct just like their flinstones incinerator... Yabba Dabba Doo!

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    Jack

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Another article the vested interests have tried to hide. 'Iffy Cliffy' worzel gummidge, the gaff prone wheeler dealer Arthur Daley of Norfolk has long been the rot at the core of our local democracy. He has forced three council leaders out of their jobs but never stood for the leadership himself, preferring to wield power from the shadows. Like the former premier, he is an aggressive foul mouthed bully who screams profanities at both politicians and officers at all levels. Essex wide boy Murphy (aka Tony Soprano) brought Iffy Cliffy into his cabinet to keep him close and avoid all the plotting that cost his predecessor's their jobs. He was very naive. For a while Jordan was contained by endless rivalry with Deputy Leader, Ian Mackie and Alison Thomas (unofficial third in the cabinet) at Children's Services. In the last few years Jordan has achieved the following: 1) Destroyed the economy of Holt by playing cat and mouse with a developer and local businessman over a much needed car park that Holt desperately needs! 2) Bought RAF Coltishall with over £4M of taxpayers money without a business plan and a vague idea to use the runway for building materials for the NDR and expand County Farms. 3) Personally brokered a secret deal with David White, former CEO, to depart NCC, stoped him from facing justice for 'tapegate' and handed the job of interim managing director to his own senior officer, Head of HR, Anne Gibson. 4) Embarked on a reckless policy of selling off NCC assets to make a few quid, including this beautiful woodland. 5) Tried to sell off County Hall to developers for housing. There is more that will eventually come to light. He holds the electorate in complete contempt. He needs to go now!

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    pig in trough

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Yes it is, Joyce.

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    Simeon Jackson

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • That is the most spooky coincidence. That is exactly one of names I would use to describe Iffy Cliffy. Along with about 2,000 others, all not flattering. Last year he had a go at a distinguished grandmother in Kings Lynn for having concern about her ill grandson. Nice man...not. And UKIP say they can work with the Tories. If they work with this educationally challenged turnip they will lose any shred of respect that the public may have had for them.

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    Electra

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Cliff is our own local version of Michael Gove - a man who goes out of his way to upset people in his own special ways!

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    Johnboy

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • He looks like my Auntie Joyce.Is this rarely news you lot

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Any complaint put into to NCC will fail unless it goes to independent outside scrutiny. This man along with Murphy on umpteen occasions has drawn complaints but everytime he gets away with it. It is a great shame that Ms McNeill, the monitoring officer, finds nothing wrong with cllrs abusing members of the public or acting like complete idiots. I suppose it has something to do with Iffy's role as cabinet member for efficiency and his responsibility for procurement of services such as those provided by Nplaw.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Is the above 'Gail Mayhew' the same Gail Mayhew whose family have an interest in the Trust that owns Thorpe Woodlands, which is under threat of development - see 'Save Thorpe Woodlands' website.

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    Joyce

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Your right whimsie73, it seems most of the comments on here are clearly from the bullying type of people,resulting in name calling?? very grown up!! Probably because they can't get there own way.. Truth is you cant please everybody.

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    norfolkboyo

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Honest John, you have just reminded me another thing we have to thank Iffy Cliffy worzel Jordan for: that young man and his dog breaching County Hall security, accessing the offices of Fifi (Victoria) McNeil, Director of NPLaw and Mike Jackson (Director, Environment, Transport and Development - Mr Incinerator) and accessing confidential papers and uploading the whole thing on the internet for us all to see. Who is responsible for NPS Security and estates - Iffy Cliffy. Who is responsible for NPLaw (who left all their offices open with confidential papers lying around) - Iffy Cliffy. Has he ever answered for this? If it happened in Westminister, the minister responsible would have resigned!

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    pig in trough

    Friday, May 10, 2013

  • He is still trying to play Kingmaker, pulling the strings from the shadows. Iffy Cliffy 'worzel gummidge' gaffer Jordan is rising from his political grave in one last stand to retain power he has desperately sought. They say crime doesn't pay!

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    pig in trough

    Monday, May 13, 2013

  • How many times is this man going to be allowed to get away with insulting members of the public? Why was he not only allowed to continue as a councillor when he showed a complete lack of moral fibre over his claiming of disability allowance, but also given such a powerful position in the Cabinet influencing large financial deals? The only person with even less integrity than Jordan is McNeil.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • same councillor who hasnt been particularly polite over the holt car park scenario

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • If I remember rightly, this is not the first time he has opened his mouth and insulted someone. Wasn't there a report about him doing something similar last year?

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    Sandy.L

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Oh dear - the kiss of death was to approach Phil 'Lovechild of the Murphys' Hardy in the first place. Other posters have previously described him as a 'moribund weasel' which may seem harsh but when you stick your fingers up to your electorate and cross the floor for a tidy wedge then you have to take these sorts of comments on the chin I guess....

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • What on earth do we have to do in Norfolk to make sure that yokels like this are not in a position to make vital decisions affecting us all. I have in mind, in particular, the purchase of the former RAF Coltishall site. It went ahead with no due diligence, and not a shred of a business plan. And it was largely down to this man to saddle us all with a pig in a poke. It now turns out that members of his family own land bordering the site.

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    Nemesis

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • If you had met or worked alongside the man you wouldn't say that.

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    pig in trough

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Wow...what a fine jowl this man has....lol

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    Tootyfrooty

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • what. no comment about how a convicted benefit cheat is allowed to stand for election and worse gets elected?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

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