Yip! The Tories at the Town Hall have once more been coming up with some super ideas in order to deal with their impending financial deficit, caused either by their own vanity projects or cuts made by their Tory colleagues in central government.
This time they’re proposing that if your bin gets stolen, then to get a replacement you’ll need to pay them £25 for a new bins and £15 for a new food caddy and set of liners.
At this point ………
A) You might be wondering where your Council Tax actually goes and what it gets spent on?
B) You might also remember that these are the same Tories who came up with the idea of charging you to have your brown bin collected a.k.a the Brown Bin Tax.
The bods at the Town Hall are justifying this proposal by talking about “….the number of lost or stolen bins in the city.”
They claim, last year the council spent £144k replacing these.
They also claim that they predict that this cost will rise to £170k in 2018/19.
But give no reason as to why? Perhaps they know of some of some expert bin thieves moving up from London in the near future?
As always, I’d love to know what you think? Please post a comment below!
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At a recent meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall, I asked the Tory Cabinet Member for Growth, Planning, Housing, and Economic Development, Cllr Peter Hiller (the chap who signed off on the unpopular Rhubarb Bridge decision), if he could let me know “..when residents living in and around Chiltern Rise, in Gunthorpe, can look forward to the introduction of dropped kerbs at the T-Junctions with both, Pennine Way and Cheviot Avenue?”
Would you like to see car drivers issued with penalty notices, if it can be proved litter was thrown from their car – even if it was not the driver who discarded it?
The City Council are always keen to tell people that they are fining pedestrians, especially within the city centre, as detailed in the local media, but what about dealing with irresponsible motorists throughout the city?
However, I was intrigued why the Tories at the Town Hall, with their history and apparent policy of short-term capital gain, had decided not to sell the land, after they themselves previously claimed the land was valued at £750,000?
Tory Councillor Irene Walsh advised that she was not aware of the particular reason behind the 12 year lease period, but would provide a further response to me following clarification. This of course never transpired.
Since the meeting, I’ve discovered that one of the main reasons for not selling the land, according to the City Council was “due to the significant social return of £490,000 that the Green Backyard have been able to demonstrate from their activities with the local community during 2015/2016“, strange that Cllr Walsh did not know this, as it clearly states this in the decision notice signed by her ….. and why was such information ignored or not looked into in previous years?
And why 12 years, and not a 13 or 10 year lease??
I’d love to know your thoughts! Please feel free to post them below!
As detailed in the Council’s latest budget proposals, in March 2017 the Growth, Environment and Resources scrutiny committee endorsed the Verge and Pavement Parking Policy Document and agreed that any associated funding requirements be given priority.
Parking on grass verges is a persistent problem, and something I’ve certainly been contacted about a lot over the years.
It can reduce the verge to an unsightly state, and can also obstruct the highway preventing pedestrians and wheel chair users from accessing roads and foot-ways if there is no other pathway.
In order to implement this scheme, the Council plans to make additional funding of £22,000 per year from 2018/19.