Monthly Archives: December 2013

Too amazing for words…

Now this is just too amazing for words, if this isn’t a blatant “2 finger salute” by the council to its residents, I don’t know what is…  The ticket wardens were photographed giving a person with a clearly displayed disabled badge a ticket today by Paul Deach… Deachy Capture

 

 

So, yesterday we showed you what the place looked like and it’s complete lack of signage or any form of warning, and today we can confirm that not only does the council staff not give a stuff about it’s normal citizens, it doesn’t give a stuff about its disabled citizens either…

So, this mess was started by the Local Area Committee who by now will have dreamt up some marginally possibly plausible deniability  in the matter, but it is enforced and dealt with on a daily basis by Surrey Heath Borough Council…  If you think that this is an abysmal way to treat our citizens, contact the CEO of Surrey Heath, go to http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk and give her a shout…

 

 

Parking Madness Part 2

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So, here is the strip of road that has, in the last several weeks, presented 1,000 people with stiff fines for short-term parking where they’ve been short-term parking for 30 years with no problem. That little tiny “P” on the top of that sign, yes the little 4″ X 4″ P is one of the two signs showing that the 200 yd section of road is now Permit Parking Only. And this morning, even that sign is no longer there.

So, who decided this? Well, on Wednesday evening at the Council meeting, Cllr. Craig Fennel gave the clear explanation as to how this was decided by what is called the Local Area Committee. A group of Surrey Heath’s 6 County Councillors and 6 Borough Councillors that have been delegated the responsibility of deciding a wide range of local issues. They decided that this whole area should be “permit only” parking and should be implemented a few weeks ago…

So, did they:

      1-make any announcements in the press or anywhere that anyone could see about this? Of course not…
      2-signpost warnings that anyone could see? Of course not…
      3-attempt to display any level of empathy with the public who they clearly consider stupid? Of course not…
    4-made any attempt to refund these tickets? Of course not…

So, the two people that run the Local Area Committee are the Chairman David Ivison, you can reach him at david.ivison@surreycc.gov.uk. The vice-chair is Chris Pitt, and you can reach him at chris.pitt@surreycc.gov.uk. They drove the decision, if you’ve got a problem, contact them…

Parking, a Permanent Pain…

So, tonight’s waffle on parking was an amazing show of political game dart throwing… As with any town in the western world, there are more people who want to park than there are parking spaces. Turns out we have made who is responsible for what on the issue an incredibly confusing and distended bun fight. And tonight everyone was blaming everyone else. Even people who had nothing to do with it were blaming each other. And guess what, we got no where…

At the end of the day it seems it all comes down to the LAC, the Local Area Committee and their shocking lack of leadership. Surely they will successfully jump into it now, can’t wait…

Party Membership Part 2

Last time, in part 1, we talked about participation membership. It is the new and future politic of the population.  The sheer volume of the transactions on social media is pretty shocking. On all the forms of social media, I get a posting of some form every second or two. Colleagues ask me how I deal with it. Truth is I don’t, and don’t care if I do. What I do care about is the platform that this gives for participation. Participation  in the debate, participation in the views of the other participants, and participation in the democratic process.

Most of Western civilisation lives in representative democracies.  Why?  Because up until now, it wasn’t really practical to let people decide what is actually best for them, on anything… Do we have to change the representative part of it?  Probably not right away, but we can make it so indelibly clear to our representatives what we think, that if they don’t do as we demand, we will exercise our rights to throw them out…