Local councils - help with a project

list 1 good thing and 1 bad thing about your local authority

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21/05/2003 at 20:38
to help me with a study project can you list 1 good thing and 1 bad thing about your local authority...anything from dog catchers to web sites.

many thanks
fergalk
21/05/2003 at 20:47
The libraries are great and they open on Sundays but the streets are filthy.

And our Council tax went up by 30% this year (and it was NOT Ken's fault) and they take AGES to clear abandoned vehicles and fly tipping and they waste too much money on going for things like "City Status" (this is Croydon for God's sake) and .......no, I'll stop now. You do ask for only one of each after all. I'd take the first sentence as my answer and ignore my rant if I were you.

Other good things - we have trams and a great country show in August.
Monique    pirate
21/05/2003 at 20:51
Good thing- brilliant on re-cycling and have been for ages- we have green bin collections- however they do miss which pisses me off as I end up with a mountain of cardboard, newspaper and tins in my hallway.

Bad- Excuse me but what is a Greenbelt- they seem to think it's a building space for hideous orange houses- when the rest are in stone and "light industrial units" just how many does Morley need?
21/05/2003 at 20:53
Good thing: it's sounds really minor but when the street lights fail, they're onto it immediately
Bad thing: schools - but then this is poor old Haringey, and they have lots to cope with.
Monique    pirate
21/05/2003 at 20:53
I will elaborate on the recycling as they have paint repositories where it can be re-used by community groups, a replay scrap store where by products/waste is sorted for use by schols etc and two groups that collect your old furniture, tart it up and give to people who need it. Fantastic.
Monique    pirate
21/05/2003 at 20:57
(Don't get me started on twinning- "where shall we twin ourselves with, no not somewhere that resembles our town that would be depressing- what about somewhere pretty- in a wine region, we can charter a gravy train")
21/05/2003 at 21:01
I struggle to think of 1 good thing, lots and lots of bad ones, possibilly planning being the worst ie, resurface a road then dig it up 4 weeks latter to lay mains electrical cables.
21/05/2003 at 21:08
They do keep my town quite clean & tidy which is good.

They waste lots of money on traffic carming & road improvements only it's not better it's a lot worse! I don't think the roads department can drive!

Worst of all the promanade has been coverd in pebbles from the beach all winter. It upsets my training route so that I can not time my running properly.
Monique    pirate
21/05/2003 at 21:10
Get on to them Big Tim- give them a break down of all your splits pre and post pebbles- they'll clear them up in no time just to stop you contacting them again.
21/05/2003 at 21:14
Perhaps I will!
I'll say Monique say's if you don't she'll.................
Flipper    pirate
21/05/2003 at 21:44
If I dump a sofa outside my house and call them up the council will quite happily collect it.

If someone dumps a sofa on the pavement, road or even the council estate outside my house the council will quite happily collect it.

When I ring up and tell them someone else has dumped a sofa on the drive outside my house they tell me they can't move it and I have to pay to have it privately removed.

So, I, the tax payer have to pay to have it removed privately whereas those opposite who don't pay tax get it moved for free!

Which means I always have to lie and say 'I did it' or I have to move it to the middle of the pavement.

(oh yes, it's Southwark by the way)

Grrrrrrr....as you can see I'm a bit wound up by this one as I've so far had to claim to have dumped 2 sofas, 3 mattresses, 1 headboard, 1 sink and a wardrobe!

...AND when you write to your local councillors about it (all 3 of them) only one of them manages to reply but unfortunately 6 months later he has forgotten! Marvellous!

Good thing...there is always someone out collecting the litter off the pavements every morning!
21/05/2003 at 22:04
Good thing the flower displays in tubs and on traffic islands.

Bad thing the traffic calming measures on one of the near by roads. I don't totally disagree with traffic calming measures but they have tried to use every known method known to man/woman and its only a short road. I'm sure I worry about looking at what's comeing up next instead of looking to see if a child is going to run into the road.
21/05/2003 at 23:15
good thing - kerb side recycling from ressidential adresses.

Bad thing - absolutly no recycling from trade premises even though the same recycling truck picks up from the ressidential bins within 2 foot of my trade bins.
Monique    pirate
21/05/2003 at 23:18
That's very silly PM
Monique    pirate
21/05/2003 at 23:20
I meant the council- not you.
22/05/2003 at 07:28
Silly, that's the council.

I've spoken to them about it on a number of occasions and because I pay for trade refuse separately from the rates they think I'm just trying to get my refuse bill down. i told I'd continue to pay the same for my trade collection if they could just take the plastic and card as we have loads of it in the bins. They said no as the recycle team are only paid to collect from ressidential bins.

The bottom line is, government has set targets for councils to recycle ressidential waste not trade so untill the goverment changes it's policy on rycycling trade waste I just have watch all the rcycleables going off to the landfill.
22/05/2003 at 07:33
That's got me started now.Moving on from refuse collection a bit.
Basicaly local councils are just jobsworths. The staff sit there from 9-5 and when they leave at 5 they don't care about what they've done at work or how their actions or decisions have affected real peoples lives.
One of the b*st*rds at my local council even had me arested last year.
22/05/2003 at 07:37
Croydon has a country show??

a) I've lived around there all my life and never knew and
b) It's not in the country!!
22/05/2003 at 08:00
Good thing - keen on biligualism (except when it comes to teaching maths and science in Welsh medium secondary schools)
Bad thing - the council tax has gone up yet again and services haven't improved.
22/05/2003 at 19:59
Pizza man,

I have to agree with you!
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