It contains a statement that's one of the funniest statements I've heard in 2008, either that or either Councillor Parker or myself is incredibly out of touch with the opinion's of Greenwich residents.
"the new system is generally seen to be working and both improving the environment locally & regionally"
Seen to be working by whom? I don't remember my street looking like a rubbish dump before the new scheme came in and my efforts to be green have resulted in more than double the number of polluting rubbish trucks trundling up and down my street.
My local friends seem to be equally fed up with the new scheme and other local bloggers have been critical.
So am I and my friends in the minority and on the whole local people think the new system has made things better?
Or is Councillor Parker making it up?
I'll send a response to him later, for the moment I'm too busy alternating between laughter and a concern that I'm living in some weird parallel universe, besides there's parties to be got ready for.
Happy new year to everyone and in the mean time here's the Councillors email in full:
Thank you for giving me space on your blog, to put forward the points I detailed in my previous emails. I would prefer not to get caught up in too much detail on this issue without seeking clarification on a number of issues you have raised. As I am not personally responsible for day to day management of the service, I will forward this email to council officers for their comments.
I would add though:
- While are still things that need to be improved in both waste collection and environmental improvements, the new system is generally seen to be working and both improving the environment locally & regionally and saves significant sums of money
- Myself and other ward councillors are working on initiatives to improve the environment and involve local people, work with CCRA as described in my previous email is only the first step
- We will provide further information later in 2009 to local people, once we have consulted local community groups and developed some further proposals with these groups
Happy new year to you, all your readers and Charlton residents alike
Cllr Gary Parker