Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Opposition to Rusthall Parish Council

On the bus into town yesterday two people sat behind me expressing vehement opposition to having to pay money to the useless parish council.  Oh joy.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Parish Precept up again!

Rusthall Parish Council has increased its precept by an inflation busting 7.6%.  The effect is that I am forced to pay £43 per year to the parish council, whilst the borough council will receive £165 per year.  The parish council serves no useful purpose and should be ashamed of its charges.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Apathy in Rusthall

I mentioned recently that three of the nine parish councillors had resigned.  There has been no call for an election and the vacancies will be filled by co-option.  No surprise. There has not been a vote for a parish councillor since 2011.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Road delays in Tunbridge Wells

Major York's Road in Tunbridge Wells has been closed to enable carriageway repairs and the installation of a pedestrian crossing.  The road is busy all day and its closure has resulted in diversions of traffic onto other busy roads.  The bus services using the road have been diverted and the extra mileage, together with traffic jams has resulted in the timetables being rendered useless.

The cost to the bus companies and the cost of extra fuel used by road users, together with lost time, will add up to an enormous sum.  Yet there is a lack of urgency about completing the work.  No overnight work and no weekend working.  Poor show.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Demise of Essex Savers credit union

This week Essex Savers went into voluntary liquidation.  All savings are protected and will be paid back within seven days,

I have known for some time that Essex Savers was short of  operating funds.  I have no knowledge of the size of the shortfall.  The social cost of liquidation will be enormous as disadvantaged people will go to lenders who charge astronomical interest rates.

In Kent, the county council was the major player in the development and funding of the credit union - up to £500,000.  In Essex the county council did not contribute a penny.  Surely it was not beyond the wit of various councils and housing associations to come up with interest free loans or other mechanisms to support the credit union?  The cost to these bodies of the loss of the credit union will outweigh the cost of rescue as pressure will mount on social services, social security and housing.