Dolly Steps: Not A Revolution
All I Do Is Provide Context… And They Hate Me For It
I heard Tory Councillors singing the praises of a scheme that will deliver 16 new housing units in the District.
They were telling each other and the press, present at the Cabinet meeting, that “this was fantastic” and “a great achievement”.
If I had not been present, it would have been perfectly possible to believe that the Tories are delivering on housing in the New Forest.
I think this is part of the problem, they all live in a bubble and are so busy talking themselves up that they seriously believe the propaganda that they put out.
You can imagine the flack that I took when I pointed out that, whilst 16 families will benefit, there are over 3400 families on the Housing register with an average wait of 10 years or more.
I think that the Council is merely making dolly steps in the right direction.
By stating the facts clearly and calmly, I am “Mr Negative” and even the “Party Pooper”.
I am actually doing them the biggest favour, injecting a dose of reality about the situation.
I won’t stop anytime soon.
I am lodging a question at the next Council meeting asking why they have failed to lobby government over the fact that they only get about one third of the receipts from the sale of council housing under the “Right to Buy” scheme.
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I must admit to a slight sinking feeling whenever the thick file of papers known as the Agenda and reports for the next District Council planning committee fall on my doormat.
The District Council formally decided to adopt new powers that will enable them to levy fines at the registered owners of vehicles, if any litter is thrown out, whether by the driver or a passenger.