No, not keeping the streets clean and the verges mown, or any of that other boring stuff:
The district council has sponsored a marquee at the forthcoming Essex Pride event to develop closer contacts with the gay community.Well, that's money well spent, I'm sure you'll agree? And what will they be providing at this marquee?
Officers from Epping Forest District Council have said they will attend this year's event, at Central Park in Chelmsford, on Sunday, September 5 to gain more information about sexual equality.
As well as providing community play workers and face-painting at their marquee...*boggle*
...council offices will undertake a consultation exercise on the day.A consultation exercise on what?
And it's not as if this event gives one a representative sample, any more than a country and western concert or a rave gets one a representative sample of music-lovers, after all...
The most likely target audience for this sort of event is the activist or professional grievance monger - is that the sort of person likely to give the council a balanced idea of how it can attract gay or bisexual employees?
Because it seems that's the point of this:
A spokesman for the council said: “The aim is to promote Epping Forest District Council as a progressive service provider and employer seeking to provide excellent services.”Aren't councils supposed to be in dire financial straights, and shedding staff, rather than attracting them?