Stop penny pinching from the community
WHEN will Councillor Andrew De Freitas wake up and admit that the residents do not want his private army?
This newspaper held a survey in the past and I believe that 79 per cent of people who replied considered the “Community Pride” (then wardens with red jumpers) team a waste of money.
Zero-tolerance on dog fouling! The streets have never been clean of dog fouling. What will change now?
Taking funds from councillors’ ward funding to help maintain a private army is unacceptable.
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This ward funding is a lifeline from councillors to voluntary groups in their wards.
This is how councillors work with and help the residents that elect them. This is representation not dictation.
Mr De Freitas states that last year £21,000 was taken in fines by the wardens. This would not cover the cost of employing one warden.
He appears disappointed that residents had only been fined £3,000 this year. Littering and dog fouling fines?
How much of this £21,000 fines was for litter? How much of the fines were for dog fouling?
Real saving could be made by looking at “Safer Communities”, imposed and unwanted upon us.
Retired police and other people on liveable pensions could be put out to grass. What if we did not have “Safer Communities”? How many millions in this area could we save?
SmartWater was, I believe, a £2.5 million project that came and went. When I asked for a public demonstration of this product it did not happen.
Residents have no accountability or voice.
Elected members to North East Lincolnshire Council should stop penny pinching from the community now. Ward funding is important. Wardens are not.
John Stockton, Kirkstead Crescent, Grimsby.
The Telegraph says
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