occasional correspondent has sent me another example of how Bexley council isnt listening
to you and is mainly concerned with working for its own malign purposes. Picking
up on Eric Pickles (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)
assertion that the council gravy train must stop immediately,
he asked our councillors if they would be willing to forgo half of their generous
allowances and save taxpayers nearly half a million pounds a year. Only two bothered
to reply (Simon Windle and
and they didnt answer the question which says quite a lot about our
councillors. They are all desperate to line their own pockets, dont listen to
residents and apart from two are arrogant enough to think such questions can be ignored.
Next Thursday, Eric Pickles second in command Baroness Hanham is due to visit Bexley and hold a meeting to further her bosses views. The public has limited admittance (its too late to book now) and I hope someone will tell the Baroness that Bexleys council Leader, Teresa ONeill believes that Pickles is talking rubbish; for that is what she said at the full council meeting on 17 November, (reported here on the 18th), when questioned about her willingness to implement Pickles view of how local government will be run. I cannot be at Thursdays meeting due to a long-standing prior engagement but you can be sure that a report on whether Baroness Hanham is serious about tackling our local fat cats or whether it is all one big Tory charade and only ordinary folk are expected to suffer will appear here soon afterwards.
Among Mr. Pickles comments are that council executive salaries are ludicrous. That executives have fragile egos and that councils are lining their pockets with your cash. ONeill has repeatedly refused to discuss the matter with anyone. Government seems to have this quaint idea that local councils are comprised of honest individuals with the good of the community in mind. Maybe Baroness Hanham will see the light on Thursday.