Well, well, well it has been more than a wee while since I awarded my world renowned and coveted "Prats of The Week" Award.
This week it goes to the good old boys of Croydon Council, where I used to live.
Well my old muckers, there are so many reasons.
One of them being that despite being told very clearly and regularly over a number of years that their "plans" for redeveloping Park Place wouldn't work, the council carried on regardless and tore the heart out of the centre of Croydon.
Can you guess ewhat happened next children?
Yes, that's right, the council's plans collapsed and they have left Croydon with a blighted centre.
Will they apologise?
Will they fark!
Anyhoo, as much as they deserve the award for that, I am in fact giving them the award for something else.
Our "good old friend" health and safety is the root cause of this award.
Over the last ten years or so, community groups have been allowed to use the mayor's reception rooms at the town hall for meetings etc.
However, all of this has come to an end as the council and new Mayor of Croydon (Councillor Margaret Mead) have decided that so many meetings there must be wearing out the carpet.
Needless to say, the council invoked health and safety and said that that further meetings will cause the carpet to fray, thus presenting a future trip hazard.
You will note that at the moment there is no such fraying, but merely a thought to the future where such a risk might occur. Thus all meetings of non council groups have been banned, on the basis of a perceived future risk that has yet to occur.
I guess, in the event that it does fray, the carpet could be replaced. However, this council cares about wasting taxpayers' money and only wishes to waste millions (rather than thousands) as per its failed Park Place development scheme.
Croydon Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!
FYI, it is a Tory council.
Here's David Cameron's email to tell him what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
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