Posted by: Closed Circuit20/06/2011
Amid all the talk of cuts, one myth that has quickly taken up common currency is the notion that alternate weekly bin collections has added to rat infestations as people replace refuse services with fly-tipping.
The Local Government Association’s very own pied piper, in the shape of its vice-chair Richard Kemp, took to the pages of The Times to put the record straight. He pointed out that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ figures show an 18 per cent decrease in fly-tipping incidents between 2009 and 2010. When will the long-tailed scribes of Fleet Street put the record straight?
A new development for adults with special needs in Aberdeen was given an ‘utterly brilliant’ official opening by TV personality Timmy Mallett.
The wacky star was chosen to cut the ribbon at Tenants First Housing Co-operative’s £2.7 million development as his brother Martin lives and works in a similar community in the city. He even brought his famous mallet to hammer home the scheme’s importance.
The development provides 13 flats for adults with varying forms of learning and physical disabilities. Closed Circuit is sure the day was so much fun that it would have flown by in a bit of a ‘bleugh!’.
Closed Circuit was dismayed to learn that housing boffin Professor Tim Leunig was caught up in the delays on South West Trains last week which caused chaos for London commuters.
The London School of Economics professor told a BBC reporter: ‘What was amazing was the lack of information at Waterloo and the lack of thinking through which trains to run and which to cancel.’ But the media spotlight didn’t shine quite as brightly on the academic heavyweight as it did on eight-months pregnant Emma Firth, who was rescued from her stranded train by piggybacking on a fellow passenger, although there is no mention of whether Professor Leunig was the heroic rescuer.
Homes and Communities Agency deputy chief executive Richard Hill said he has been given an alarming warning about the agency’s affordable rent product.
Apparently it won’t work north of Watford, or within the M25. ‘That doesn’t leave much of a gap,’ he told a Jones Lang LaSalle seminar this week, before adding hastily that he didn’t think the statement was true.
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