You may not believe it but three months ago we were gripped by a
prolonged hot and dry spell and the young trees in Lesnes Abbey Park which had been
protected from youthful vandals over several years were left to die. I reported on the
apparent neglect and waste of money on
Soon after that an amateur arborologist told me that the trees had most likely
gone into a self-protect mode and had dropped their leaves to save themselves.
I only half believed it as the leaves hadnt actually fallen off but gone
brittle and brown. But the prospect of me having to eat humble pie next Spring
has disappeared because Bexley council has replaced the affected trees and
encased them in nice new wire mesh.
Council Leader Teresa ONeill keeps warning residents of the forthcoming cuts
and asking our opinion on where the axe should fall. All very laudable if we ignore
the fact that the council usually ignores suggestions. I made one when the
Conservatives took over four years ago but my local councillor Dozy Davey said that
whilst he agreed with me his colleagues wouldnt, he went on to be similarly
two faced over the ruination of Abbey Road.
I conclude he is untrustworthy, but back to the point. Councillor ONeill needs
to look long and hard at how the council is run. How can it cost £250 to issue
a residents parking permit for example?
When I was manager of a factory employing 1,300 people, quite a long time ago, I
went to the Union Rep. and said Ray, I think I could lose a third of the staff
and have no real impact on the running of this place. Ray, who was not from the
usual union mould replied, Malcolm, if you let me choose who should go we can
lose two thirds of the staff and still run the place properly. And over a
period of some years that is exactly what we did. I bet Bexley council is no
better and probably worse. When did you last see any of them act in a way that would
would be applauded in the private sector employment?