GOLDEN BALLS AWARD It's that time of the year when I award a golden balls …

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GOLDEN BALLS AWARD

It's that time of the year when I award a golden balls award in recognition of the biggest political clanger in the New Forest.

Perhaps, you won't be surprised that I make the award to the New Forest Conservatives for the grossly inept way they have gone about the Waste Strategy consultation, which is likely to herald the introduction of wheelie bins to almost all households.

Not only have they failed to let everybody know about the consultation, (I have lost count of the number of people who told me that they were unaware of it until I told them), but the survey itself has been panned for including leading questions with insufficient opportunity to provide proper responses.

Conservatives seem to be hiding away from the issue… The Conservative Portfolio Holder has moved to Southsea. Totton's Town Council Conservatives are flatly refusing to discuss it, or even put it on the Agenda.

Even some Conservative District Councillors have spoken out about the issue with comments like "All Roads lead to Wheelie Bins" and "It's a broken promise, a U-turn and I won't vote for it".

Second place award also goes to New Forest Conservatives for pursuing privatisation of our well run Health & Leisure Centres, without ever having mentioned it in election material or ever asking the public what they think.

Third place also goes to New Forest Conservatives for spending £1.2 million more than they needed to on a row of beach huts in Milford on Sea…. once again without asking the public if they thought this was the best way of spending their money. This including a £500 payment to The Concrete Society, so that the Concrete Society could then award them a concrete award.

We certainly have an award winning Council! Now, they also have the golden balls award!

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