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News and Comment January 2021

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1 January (Part 1) - A one sentence challenge

Question 1A silly squabble has been raging on and off for a month over whether a resident’s question to Full Council should include a preamble or whether it should be just one sentence. A storm in a teacup if you ask me and typical of Council jobsworths with too much time on their hands. It was ever thus and it keeps them expensively employed.

Mayor James Hunt was dragged into the argument but I cannot imagine him being much interested in the precise phrasing of a question unlike some of his predecessors.

Having got hold of the somewhat rambling original questions can it be shortened and still make its point?

Here goes…

Is the Cabinet Member concerned about the illegality or otherwise of unleashed ferocious dogs being walked on the borough’s streets without the benefit of a Public Space Protection Order or the protection that might be offered by a Dog Warden?

Question 1Not too difficult was it? Let’s try a more difficult one.

Does the Cabinet Member have any plans to improve road safety on the route to Foots Cray Meadows via Bexley Lane which is a busy road with sightlines obscured by overgrown vegetation and without a pedestrian crossing leading to an unacceptably narrow entrance through a wire fence in a dangerous state of disrepair?

That takes me back to the days when Mick Barnbrook and his gang would formulate questions in advance of every Full Council meeting in the hope that it would wriggle past the question censors and not be filibustered by the Council Leader.

Ah, the nostalgia and no I am not going to get involved in that time wasting malarkey ever again.


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