I was in Newham yesterday and had the opportunity to read their local
newspapers and the councils fortnightly magazine. I am always on the lookout
for things that Bexley does better than their counterparts across the river and I
found something! Newham has just introduced a single wheelie-bin for plastic and
tins; a far better arrangement than Bexleys flimsy boxes which crack in cold
weather. However Newham suffered a serious breakdown of good taste; their new bins
are green with luminous orange lids. These things are intrinsically ugly but why
make them glow brighter than the purple pygmy? One up to Bexley!
On the negative side there is yet more evidence of Bexleys wanton inefficiency. You will know that TLC is pushing up the cost of a Residents Parking Permit to £100 and a visitors ticket to £1.50 because the liar says Bexleys Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) run at a loss. Across the river, as part of their cuts package they have confirmed that residents wont have to pay to park in a CPZ because the scheme is self-financing. They have looked at the 30 pence they charge for a visitors ticket and have decided that it isnt fair for car owner to get free parking while a household with no car has to stump up 30 pence for a visitor; so from April non-car households will be given 30 free visitors tickets. How about that then? A council does not have to be comprised of cheap crooks after all.
I suspect that will involve serious IT systems to regulate properly, Bexleys system cant cope with keeping track of paid tickets let alone a ration of free ones.
Another thing that demonstrates how Bexley must be leeching cash down a black-hole somewhere is that every Newham child of primary and infant school age becomes entitled to free school dinners. Whether that is good or bad is not for me with no children to say, but I would love to know what Bexley is doing on the financial side that leads to nothing but grief for residents.
Another thing their fortnightly magazine claimed is that to prepare, print and issue 26 copies a year to every household costs £500,000. I suspect a Freedom of Information request will soon discover how much Bexley manages to spend on propaganda here.