Last week the News Shopper carried the councils excuse for four months
of traffic delays in Wickham Lane which skirted around the truth
to conceal their incompetence but this week the letters page gets to
the heart of the matter. Some idiot designed a roundabout that a bus couldnt
navigate. At the weekend I mentioned this latest in a long line of Bexley
council fiascos to my friend the Transport Research Laboratorys senior
consultant. He said that they produced some software several years ago (now
marketed by Savoy Computing) into which you enter the dimensions of your road
junction or roundabout and it will tell you what sort of vehicle can get round
it - and vice-versa. Only an idiot wouldnt use it. But
unfortunately we are in Bexley and the council is in the grip of idiots.
Everyones favourite idiot, councillor Craske, is still intent on penalising residents who need to buy a parking permit. The News Shopper reports the growing list of protest groups. Shouldnt they be grouping together to stand up against the little tyrant? Im not against his basic philosophy that services shouldnt be subsidised, but only an idiot blindly accepts that administration costs of £249 a permit doesnt need to be urgently investigated and reduced. Craske treats the council as a gravy train run for the benefit of councillors and senior employees.
The News Shopper also reports that John Watson of Sidcup who requested a reduction in the very high salary paid to the Chief Executive be discussed at the next council meeting has had his request rejected because under standing orders it cannot debate staffs salaries even when they are in the public domain. There was bound to be some excuse trumped up, secrecy is one of the tools of corruption. The News Shoppers website has today reported how Bromley council is freezing its top executives pay at some twenty odd thousand below Bexleys; and guess which council has the lowest council tax. Not wasteful incompetent mismanaged Bexley thats for sure.