Too quick to condemn
PUBLISHED: 02:01 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010
It's interesting, isn't it, that while the leader of East Devon District Council was quick to condemn Devon County Council for having a £600 million capital investment programme borrowings which the council has to invest in new schools, road schemes, ca
It's interesting, isn't it, that while the leader of East Devon District Council was quick to condemn Devon County Council for having a £600 million capital investment programme - borrowings which the council has to invest in new schools, road schemes, care for the elderly, and a lot more to meet the needs of its communities. After all, most of us buy our homes in the same way - through borrowing! East Devon District Council are sitting on 'a sizeable sum of money in the bank', rather than investing properly in their refuse collection service.I have been contacted by concerned residents who are calling the district council's current refuse "pilot" scheme an utter 'shambles'. Many households in the trial area are still waiting for their new containers, and I understand from town council colleagues that it's because the district council has run out of them. After years of neglect and underinvestment, which has taken East Devon District Council's record on recycling from being one of the best performing councils in the county during the mid 1990s to the lowest performing district council, I have to ask how committed they are to serving their local communities well.Perhaps, rather than sitting on a sizeable sum of money in the bank, the leader of the district council should actually use the money - money that council tax payers expect them to use - to invest properly in providing the best services for its residents. Margaret Rogers East Devon district councillor and Devon county councillor for Seaton
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