Oh, Those Terrible, Terrible Cuts…

Council officers are searching through bags of rubbish to catch out residents who ignore the waste collection timetable…with warnings that fines will be handed out.

What timetable?

Castle Point Council currently collects black bag waste and recycled waste on alternate weeks.

Despite sending out three leaflets setting out the collection timetable, the council claims the wrong bags are still being put out by residents on the island.

Oh noes! If only there was a simple solution to this?

A spokesman for Castle Point Council said: “The situation has improved but there are still a number of irresponsible residents who refuse to take notice of the information the council has provided and think it is acceptable to present their waste for collection at any time and expect the council to make additional visits to collect it.”

Maybe they think they pay enough bloody money in council tax that you should just do that? And indeed, some do:

Sarah Mayo, of Link Road, said: “As unsightly as the bags are, I don’t understand why, with the large amounts of council tax paid each month, the council can’t collect all of the bags each week.

“In not doing so, it means we have to store black bags in our own gardens without wheelie bins provided and in this heat it isn’t pleasant.

“Also, these large mounds of bags are often dumped by people not from the roads they are left on.

“Someone reported they saw council workers going through bags to work out who they belonged to. Why not use that resource to just clear the bags?”

Why not indeed..?

6 comments for “Oh, Those Terrible, Terrible Cuts…

  1. rapscallion
    June 14, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    These days the more you pay in council tax the fewer services you receive. What is really pays for is the inflated salaries of said council “officers” and their nice fat pensions.

    • June 15, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Since Common Purpose got into council offices, there’s been a marked hardening up and pedantry, also belligerence from councils, withe emphasis on fines and litigation, whilst the money raised has been sent to Iceland and elsewhere.

      It’s the Cressida Dick school of ‘ain’t we great managers’ and you plebs knuckle under or else. The notion of us paying their salaries does not occur. The notion of bullying we see is in line with the CP notion of ‘leading beyond authority’, that you can infantilize and cow residents to keep them compliant.

      • June 18, 2017 at 7:40 am

        Spot on!

  2. Errol
    June 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Council tax goes up year on year on year and services diminish at an accelerating rate. In fact the only thing that goes up is the salaries of the troughers at the top. A ‘chief executive’ of a city council is not an important or critical job. Their ‘customers’ are taxed slaves. They can go no where else. They have no market to pander to, no product to sell. Why then does he pay himself more than a quarter of a million pounds?

    Why do some think themselves worthy of nearly *half* a million pounds? They are not the CEO of Marks and Spencer. They are irrelevant, small, useless drones whose job is to fill in forms. They should be paid, say the national average wage, with the public able to award a small bonus for a good job, limited to 5% – and, equally to reduce their pay – by up to 25%. That’s democracy.

    • rapscallion
      June 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Concur. I can’t help thinking though that at a fundamental level they are guilty of contravening contract law. This is clear where we pay for services that we do not receive.

    • June 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

      The usual excuse is ‘We have to pay these salaries to get the best staff’ to which my usual response is ‘Wait, these are the best?’

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