Aha nice to see that my own local council, Brighton and Hove, have earned themselves one of my renowned and internationally desired "Prats of The Week" awards.
Anton Cataldo a local artist recently lost a couple of his paintings, and decided to ask the public to help him find them.
He pinned some simple notices (similar to "lost cat/dog" notices) to a few trees (six to be precise), to make a direct appeal to the public.
Can you guess what happened next?
Yes, that's right, the local council contacted him and fined him £75.
Seemingly the notices were deemed by the prats in our local council as harmful to the trees!
Here is part of the text of the council's email sent to Mr Cataldo, were it not serious I would have assumed it was just taking the piss:
"Some of these posters had been stapled to trees. You appear to have little understanding that trees are living things.
Wounding the bark of a tree in any way can lead to attack by airborne fungal spores which, in the worst-case scenario, could lead to the loss of the tree."
Needless to say, once Mr Cataldo made a public fuss over the issue, the prats in the council cancelled the fine.
(The above joke is copyright to the Ken Frost).
Wasting all that time, effort and our taxes on an irrelevancy proves how out of touch and useless local councils really are.
As I have noted before on this site, when dealing with local councils intent on screwing you out of as much money as possible, the only way to deal with them is to stand up to them and create as much fuss as possible.
They are a waste of space and resources.
Brighton and Hove council, well deserving Prats of The Week.
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