If you read some of the more fanciful pronouncements of labour you might think everything in the garden is lovely, messages from Clive Harts often end on an upbeat note as did his xmas message with "onward and upwards," when most of us are thinking downhill and backwards.
Forgetting temporarily that Clive Hart's administration delivered a hitherto top secret 3.4 million pound debt, in the last year the fact is they cannot even do the basics such as empty bins.
Large numbers of Thanet residents, found that their bins. were not emptied on Christmas eve, but were reassured by the councils website claiming that attempts would be made after scheduled collections on Friday Saturday or Monday. As far as I can tell this didn't happen.
Never mind, there was to be a collection on New Years eve, no worries, however many found yet again no collection.
From what I can glean it seems that each crew work differently some apparently taking everything others picking and choosing and of course others not bothering.
Now I accept that the weather was not the best but it certainly was not so extreme that it would have been unsafe to work, frequently work in far more hostile environments in such weather, so can only conclude that the only reason residents have been inconvenienced, is down to poor management, you cannot blame those at the sharp end.
I understand that a very low threshold has been set for defining acceptable weather conditions for working. It would be nice if councillor Alan Poole who as I understand gets extra money, for his role in dustbin collection could for once politely explain why you and myself and many others have a mountain of waste fermenting on our pathway.
We've recently been told of the vast sums of money invested in equipment so it seems this is a case of Thanet council having all the gear, but sadly no idea.
Finally I guess that most of us would view waste collection as a core function of Thanet council, therefore it seems to me that it's time those responsible ought to resign and I suggest that Clive Hart, Alan Poole and the chief executive would not be missed.
PS I'm told that stuff will be collected but I'll beleive when I see it, and I also understand that the decision was made at 05:00 Christmas Eve not to collect, because of the wind, I just wonder why they didn't ask crews to hang fire till 07:00