Gayton Road Belvedere is not alone in getting regular visits from the councils
gestapo car which they prefer to call a Mobile In-car Camera Enforcement vehicle (MICE).
When MICE are on site the driver puts up a warning sign as required by law but
two weeks ago a sign was taped to a lamp post as usual with no MICE in sight. I assumed that one of
the operatives had forgotten to remove it; but two weeks later it is still there and one must
wonder if it is intentional. Could it be that instead of sending a MICE to
occupy a parking spot and thereby displacing someone into the bus stop area so
as to better fund Craskes expenses pot, they now use RATS (Remote Attrition on Temporarily
Stopping) to spy on offenders instead? With something over a dozen cameras hanging over the area it
could well be the case.
The sign was not facing the road today and on a windy day last week it had somehow folded itself
around the lamp post in a way that totally obscured every part of the camera icon. If the RATS were
really spying that day (or today) and issuing tickets it would be totally illegal, not that that
would trouble a corrupt council very much.
I would ask the council to explain but they no longer reply to my enquiries. Mr. Puomo
(rubbish department) has remained silent since
the middle of August and
Mr. Kiley (Road Safety) has not responded since I named his colleague
Rupert Cheeseman for mismanagement of the Abbey Road
death-trap project. Probably I shall have to
send a list of outstanding questions to the Deputy Director of Customer
Relations, who, to be fair has always been very responsive but not unreasonably
asked me to go through normal channels if I can. But if Serge Poumo and Gordon Kiley
are going to play silly-beggars then maybe Ill have to lumber the top
brass. Either that or put in an FOI and incur the wrath of
another councillor who has lost sight of what democracy means.