Furious residents are to be given litter-pickers, gloves and bin bags by their council and told: “Keep your own area tidy.”Unsurprisingly, the Taxpayers’ Alliance is demanding that they get a refund on their council tax…
Councillor John Walsh, leader of the Conservatives on the council, which has no overall majority, said the £2.8million-a-year cost of keeping the streets of Bolton clean was “a massive burden on the taxpayer and those resources could be used elsewhere”.Hmmmm, really?
Isn’t it one of the few things that your local voters think you SHOULD be doing?
Why, yes it is:
Resident Elaine Delaney, 64, said: “I can understand the notion of all pitching in but street cleaning is one of the basic things our council tax is supposed to cover.”Quite.
Though I could see this catching on, if only councils would extend the concept to other functions too. I quite fancy a night at the theatre. Or a job designing a teaching aid for bus travellers. Or the vital wheelie-bin training team posting.
On an inflated salary with index-linked pension, natch!