Local residents have described East Grinstead Town Council as “shameful” after it accused an activist of “employing bullying tactics” against Councillors and denied a Freedom of Information Act request for a transcript of a recent Council meeting.
The corruption scandal dubbed ‘Cultruption’ East Grinstead are facing has grown deeper as the Town Council attempt to censor victims who have spoken out on the public record… again. Earlier this week, several members of the public attended an East Grinstead Town Council meeting to raise concerns about the growing influence Scientology are having on local government. The public questions portion of the meeting has been censored from its Youtube, the Council claiming it was a matter of “protecting” those who spoke.
Behind the facade of tranquility, the quaint British town of East Grinstead is struggling to recognise a growing concern over Scientology’s influence on the local Council and risks falling foul to a specific form of corruption we’re coining ‘cultruption’.
The Mayor of East Grinstead, who is currently under fire for attending a number of Scientology events at their Saint Hill headquarters, has asked victims of abuse to refrain from speaking up about their experiences.
Mid-Sussex District Council have acknowledged Scientology engages in harassment and intimidation under its policy of ‘Fair Game’. Responding to calls for an investigation into East Grinstead Town Mayor Frazer Visser’s involvement with the church, the Council referenced fear of “reprisals” for speaking out against the group and confirmed “on the balance of probabilities”, such fears “could be well founded”.
The Mayor of East Grinstead, Cllr Frazer Visser, has voiced his support for the Church of Scientology, describing them as “a valued and large part” of the town after receiving a £50,000 cheque for his charity at the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) event earlier this month.