Read and weep whilst the Peterborough City Council plays chicken with the 'grass cutting' rota, and councillors 'are according to the local newspaper' allegedly thumping each other' AND in the Chamber too!
Those attending the LGA Conference - some 1,300 council leaders, councillors, officers and national politicians - should know that as they knock back the cocktails Peterborough school children are forced to play football on unmaintained council pitches, sinking into 10 inches of uncut grass; or the Green wheel riverside pathways surrounding this once meticulously tended City are likewise rotting and overgrown.
Grass pollen levels are at 'danger' levels for hay fever sufferers...
THE POWER OF THE PBROTRIB BLOG!
No sooner had we published this blog, within the hour, a huge industrial gang mower appeared outside Trib Towers, and has rough mown the entire 1/2 mile Green Wheel grassway alongside the River Nene and Park Farm, Stanground.
Meanwhile, a whole bunch of council employees and contractors are living it up in posh Bournemouth Hotels, knocking back the G&Ts with gusto...whilst swanning around at the Local Government Association Conference Annual beano ,held over several days in sunny Bournemouth at the swanky Conference Centre....
Especially in light of the Grass cutting debacle; note - in the Conference picture above - the headline AVOID SERVICE CUTS and the mysterious 'Blue Sky Company, has reappeared. A company seemingly owned by the Council, but so far we cannot find the report and accounts...
Now consider this conference is only open to other local authorities, fee paying members of the LGA, so why on earth while the PCC pleads poverty, and a massive failure to manage its debt laden budget, has the prospect of moving into offices that are already too small, and dumping its confidential data on to the Amazon owned $$$$$$$$ computer service in the USA, would they choose to trumpet this, knowing that we'd pick up on it?
Perhaps the PCC would like to publish the budget for this inward looking junket? (Probably about the same amount 'saved' by not cutting the grass!) Then get back to cutting the grass......
The LGA uses its Annual Conference to launch its ‘What next for devolution’ consultation to carry out a national debate about how to ensure the right powers are devolved to local government and communities.Lord Porter, LGA chairman, said: “The vote to leave the EU is the most important decision that the British people have made in generations and will have a big impact on local government and our communities.
“Now that the British people have voted to part company with the EU, it is vital that we avoid powers or funding which affect local government getting swallowed up in Whitehall. Over the last year, more powers and funding have been given to local areas. The referendum result and the political uncertainty that has followed must not see that process stall or go backwards.
“Councils need to be involved from the outset in deciding how EU laws affecting local services are replaced and given the power to run them the way we think is best for our communities. Local government must have a seat at the negotiating table.”
The LGA’s Annual Conference took place between 5 -7 July at Bournemouth International Centre.
So that's OK then?
You really could not make this stuff up!
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