Earlier this week I read an article in the Guardian Newspaper, it is the lack of response or the poor quality of response, which residents receive when they contact their Local Councils, that causes so much criticism of local government. In an earlier posting this week I explained I had written to the trees section using the email link given on Sefton MBC's web site, I have yet to receive an acknowledgement, now I know what the newspaper meant. I will be writing again to remind the 'trees section'.
Even when Sefton do respond it can take months, for instance, Formby Parish Council ordered new planters some time ago, well they've arrived. They were put in place over the weekend and now they wait to be filled with appropriate plants.
Fine I can hear you say, but as someone said to me in the village about an hour ago, "why don't they have a gold trim?" my answer was short and simple, "We ordered planters with gold trim but Sefton have installed one's without!"
To make the point even clearer, here's one of the bollards that were installed in the first phase of the village enhancement project, it's next to the bin. Notice the gold trim? But I can now hear you say, "What about that bin, it's ugly and in fact it's under one of the bike stands". Exactly, it's been like that for months or even more, the original black cover with all the trimmings has disappeared but knowing Sefton it's going to take just as long if ever to replace it.
It's the remoteness of Metropolitan District Councils that replaced local councils in 1974 that give rise to public complaints.
That's why I'm an enthusiast for local Parish Councils, the village enhancement scheme was our idea and is only happening because we're working hard to get it completed. "Oh and yes", I will ask "Can we have a proper bin back please?"