Thursday, December 06, 2007
Local Councils - What Are They Good For?
Nanny's local councils employ some of the finest hard working people in the country, and attract the finest minds to become local councillors...don't they?
Nanny's council tax is not high, and the services provided by our local councils are clearly value for money...aren't they?
Nanny's local councils are staffed by people with a healthy attitude to risk, who do not seek to impose petty minded bureaucratic rules and health and safety measures on the local population....right?
No, I don't think so either.
Here is another story about mind numbing, bureaucratic, social engineering rules imposed by local councils that clearly have not been thought through.
It seems that limits on what people may throw into their bins may mean that, in many boroughs, waste will pile up on the streets this Christmas.
Councils across the country have imposed a limit on the amount of non-recyclable refuse they are prepared to collect, this includes food scraps.
Now, as we all know, Christmas is the mother of all eating and drinking binges. The result being a mountain of turkey bones, stale Brussels sprouts and other assorted debris/detritus.
This pile of waste has to be disposed of...normally in our bins.
Unfortunately, Nanny's chums in the local councils have other ideas. In places such as Swindon, Bournemouth and Oxford, councils have a recycling programme which means the vast majority of households are only allowed one wheelie bin full of general domestic waste.
The "bright boys" in the council are not relaxing that policy over Christmas.
It seems that the bin men in these areas will refuse to pick up any bags left on the side and if the lid is not closed properly, they will not empty it.
Clearly a helpful, customer orientated policy!
Definitely one that will work during the festive season.
Spokesman for Swindon Borough council, Richard Freeman, congratulated himself:
"At the moment we are able to recycle 38%
of all the refuse collected in the town.
That is an impressive figure which means
our strict policy must be working."
Let's see how it works at Christmas then matey!
The rats and other assorted vermin will be pleased.
-Value For Money