Yip! That’s right, the Tories at the Town Hall have decided that to help them balance their budget, they’re gonna charge YOU more for collecting the brown bin!
Don’t forget, that was the same contract, previously signed by the same Conservatives, and basically meant that they were ending it 16 years early!
Then at the end of last year, it was reported that the cancellation was set to cost local taxpayers £500,000!
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?
Now, let me be clear, I’m a fan of the Green Backyard and even made a donation to their Save the Green Backyard campaign!
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?
So, I decided to ask the Tories about their Executive Decision JAN17/CMDN/08 at a meeting of Full Council.
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.
Apparently, this will pay for:
- the establishment of a city-wide Traffic Regulation Order (TRO),
- associated signage
- and an additional Prevention and Enforcement Service officer to
enforce the TRO once individual areas of the city are activated.
The questions I myself have of course, are:
- Will we see more Enforcement Officers if the number of TRO’s increases?
- How much will the fines be?
- What efforts will be made to ensure fines are paid?
- What ever happened to the little white car with the camera on its roof?
Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts on this latest piece of news, by posting below!
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