Monday, September 12, 2011
Ker Farking Ching!
Rossendale council has stopped refuse collection for its taxpayers who live in rural areas. The hapless victims of the council's greed now have to drive or carry their rubbish down narrow country lanes to "collection points" up to a mile away from their homes.
The diktat by Rossendale affects around 700 rural households, and is but a precursor for other councils to try the same (ie stop collecting waste altogether).
Unsurprisingly the taxpayers in Rossendale are furious, and have lodged a complaint with the Local Government Ombudsman. They state that the council failed to carry out a proper consultation before announcing the change.
As a result of the diktat, large piles of rubbish bags are left at roadsides overnight for early morning collections. These are of course attacked by foxes, badgers and other animals, leaving refuse strewn over the road.
For the record, councils have had powers to regulate rubbish since the 1848 Public Health Act. A new Act in 1875 allowed them to provide dustbins and remove household waste. Local authorities are legally obliged to collect household rubbish but not to collect it at the doorstep.
Oddly enough, residents who have lost the doorstep service will not receive a council tax rebate.
Ker Farking Ching!
Councils treat their taxpayers as prostrate milch cows, to be used and abused as they wish.
Councils are the enemies of the people!
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