Presumably having read Bignews Margate over the last couple of days, Cllr Alan Poole has revised his story concerning the debacle of Thanets waste collections, it seems he and Thanets Councils Waste Management, oh and the union still cling to the view that it was too dangerous to clear rubbish on Christmas Eve, although clearly his more level headed colleagues, don't share his views.
A new version of events was emailed to the offices of Bignews Margate @ 17:21 Friday (I've only just noticed it) , as you can imagine, weakened by misinformation (porkies) from TDC about when bins were getting emptied, I took a break, anyhoo ignoring the adjusted info, there was this ray of sunshine amongst the bull "it is anticipated we will have completed any outstanding collections by the end of planned collections on Saturday".
As you may spot, a weasel worded promise, which you'll be surprised, left large areas still full of rubbish at the end of today. I won't reproduce Alan Pooles statement here because I prefer facts on these pages but if you want to see visit Thanet council La-la Land here.
Call me a cynic but on a drive around the area today, I noticed those area's you expect might not vote Labour are amongst those still neglected by our Labour Thanet Council.
Just finishing up Cllr Clive Hart has at times when the Council's reputation has been criticised dragged up one his Tory predecessors, who for his misdeeds went to prison, a bad thing and I know I shouldn't think like this, but at least bins got emptied before he was rumbled.
I'll leave the Last word to Thanet Conservatives latest press release.
TDC Conservative Group calls for Labour Leader Clive Hart to take responsibility for Thanet’s waste and refuse service away from current portfolio holder, Cllr Alan Poole
The Conservative Group at Thanet District Council is calling for the Labour Leader, Cllr Clive Hart to take responsibility for Thanet’s waste and recycling service away from the current portfolio holder, Cllr Alan Poole.
Residents of Thanet have reported numerous and significant problems with the service since the introduction of the new Waste and Recycling regime in November. At December’s council meeting, Shadow Cabinet Member, Cllr Simon Moores asked Cllr Poole whether, given existing problems, he was confident that Thanet residents would get their waste collected over the holiday period. Cllr Poole answered that he was. Feedback from residents across the Isle suggests that, in fact, there continues to be significant failings in the service.
Cllr Moores said: “I recognise that over Christmas there were issues with the weather, but given the widespread concern over this issue, not just over the holiday period but since the introduction of the new recycling regime, I think that the public have lost faith in Cllr Pooole and it is time for a change of portfolio holder.”
Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Bob Bayford said: “Incredibly, Cllr Poole has blamed Thanet residents for problems with the new service and, clearly, contingency plans for an efficient service during the Christmas and New Year period were not adequate. Cllr Hart has already removed Cllr Poole from the Pleasurama debacle, due to his incompetent handling of the situation, and it is imperative that he should now give responsibility for Waste and Recycling to someone up to the task.”