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Waste of my council tax money

On 2 Aug 2011 at 10:12am Miss Angry wrote:
Could someone please tell me why the council has painted the clay window cill tiles (outside) red on the all council houses round my way (Old Malling)??
1. It looks horrid.
2. It doesn't need doing. I have the same tiles (same age) and they are fine. Clay tiles do not need painting!
3. It has now identified which houses are council owned and which are not.
On 2 Aug 2011 at 11:14am Vesbod wrote:
Perhaps they had a job lot of red paint they wanted to get rid of ? Or, maybe they needed to tell council tenants apart from private home owners, shades of big brother and all that ? Or, perhaps the council had some budget left over they wanted to use (aka waste of money). The list is endless really isn't it ?
On 2 Aug 2011 at 12:43pm Brussel Sprout wrote:
No, they probably just did it so that they can charge any lease holder an extortionate amount of money for the "Major works" that they did. Is this happening in Lewes?
On 2 Aug 2011 at 1:52pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Heaven forbid the Council should want to improve their properties.
On 2 Aug 2011 at 2:56pm Bob the road man wrote:
How dare they try and make the houses nicer for the scum benefit cheats to live in them. Of course that is the only type of person who live in council property isn't it?
On 2 Aug 2011 at 3:10pm Tarquin St John Emerson wrote:
It was a question about council spending...get that chip off your shoulder
On 2 Aug 2011 at 5:29pm Clifford wrote:
Bob, anyone who has ever been a council tenant knows all there is to know about waste, bureaucracy and inefficiency.
On 2 Aug 2011 at 8:45pm Mr Forks wrote:
Nice to see the usual middle class snobs crawling out the woodwork as usual!
On 2 Aug 2011 at 9:39pm Yawn.... wrote:
Oh Mr Forks....
On 2 Aug 2011 at 9:47pm Cliffebimbo wrote:
Why would they be spending money in August if it was to use up their budget? Surely they would wait until February/March?
On 3 Aug 2011 at 9:21am Ed Can Do wrote:
That would assume that the process from spending the money to getting the work done i snear-instantaneous though. These works were probably paid for in March 2010 and the contractor has only just got around to doing it.
On 3 Aug 2011 at 11:47am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I wonder if the standard contract for maintaining the outsides includes painting cills, and they forget to specify only wooden ones? It does seem a bit daft.
On 3 Aug 2011 at 12:08pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Painting cills, and steps as well, is a time honoured and traditional way of maintaining them. Clay tiles do not last forever and need either replacing at some stage or protecting by painting. The council owned houses on the new Malling Estate have been painted as well, I think for the first time since they were painted when new. It's not a complete waste of money.
On 3 Aug 2011 at 12:41pm Mr Forks wrote:
I fail to see the problem with the council maintaing the value of its Housing Stock, didn't ESCC get moaned at recently by a lot of people for negletecting a certain assett of it's property portfolio??!!!
On 3 Aug 2011 at 8:43pm bastian wrote:
I heard that many council houses have been farmed out to a housing conpany,perhaps they have put in where the council did not,you know, a mark of their commitment(we'll see how long that lasts)Lots of gardens have been made good to.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 9:25am Hard worker wrote:
Why can't council tenants look after their own gardens? There are several council houses along our road (the tenants are in their 30s to 50's) and their gardens are a disgrace. Why should the council have to cut the hedges and lawns....?
They all have Sky dishes as well
On 4 Aug 2011 at 12:09pm Mr Forks wrote:
My God, they have SKY, quick call the DHSS!
On 4 Aug 2011 at 1:02pm Clifford wrote:
A Sky dish is a sign of a narrow social life, Hard worker. You should be pleased about that.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 2:28pm John Stockdale wrote:
I asked the Housing Departmenrt why the tiles were painted. They say their policy is to repaint them if they have been painted before. Whether they had previously been painted by tenants or under some earlier policy is not clear. As EBM says, it's not a complete waste of time.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 3:20pm Decent Citizen. wrote:
Quite so John. Council housing is painted seven yearly or there about. The painters are told to paint as found. It has been my experience, that spruced up council property makes glaringly obvious the "private" housing in need of a lick of paint. Smacks of jealousy doesn't it? When I am told"we have bought ours"I ask,"what, you mean you have paid off the mortgage"?Well if they have a mortgage they owe thousands of pounds and do NOT own it!Good luck to Council tenants with no debt hanging round their necks.Good on the Council keeping their properties in good order.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 5:08pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
There should be a lot more council houses.
Instead of wasting the money they received from council house sales, they should have reinvested in new builds.
On 4 Aug 2011 at 5:45pm Clifford wrote:
Exactly 'ere be monsters. I wonder why the Thatcher government specifically ordered that councils could not do that?
On 5 Aug 2011 at 8:35am Mr Forks wrote:
Because the tories despise the working classes, that's why!
On 5 Aug 2011 at 9:50am 'ere be monsters wrote:
Thatcher wanted everyone to own their own house with a mortgage so they couldn't afford to go on strike and lose their homes. Bloody clever if you ask me.
On 5 Aug 2011 at 1:12pm Taff wrote:
Only clever if you provide the work places to prevent defaulting. Thats what the milk snatcher didnt provide!
On 5 Aug 2011 at 2:53pm Teachers Pet wrote:
'Why should the council have to cut the hedges and lawns....?
They all have Sky dishes as well ' (Quote from hard worker's posting).
How do you cut lawns and hedges with a sky dish................ I've read the instructions, am I missing something?

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