Teenage councillor apologises after wild party

Teenage councillor apologises after wild party

April 20, 2011 | by | 2 Comments

The youngest town councillor in Britain has issued an apology after police were called to his home when a drunken fancy dress party spiralled out of control. Tom Bletsoe, 18, hit the headlines in February after he was elected as the new Independent councillor for St Ives South ward in Cambridgeshire. But the young politician…

Anger over council’s garden waste charge

Anger over council’s garden waste charge

April 6, 2011 | by | 3 Comments

Residents were outraged today after their local council imposed a £36 fee to collect garden waste. Gloucester City Council has scrapped its free green bin collection scheme and replaced it with an annual subscription service. Residents must now pay £36 per year to have a green bin emptied every two weeks excluding Christmas – meaning…

Recyclers arrested for taking 47p worth of scrap from tip

Recyclers arrested for taking 47p worth of scrap from tip

April 5, 2011 | by | 2 Comments

Two keen recyclers claim bungling police blew £20,000 on a huge operation to arrest them – for taking 47p worth of scrap from a rubbish tip. Salvage experts Owen Gray, 50, and Angela Cubitt, 34, helped themselves to an old PlayStation 3 and a Black and Decker drill which had been dumped at their local…

Paralysed teen sent payment letter for fence damage

Paralysed teen sent payment letter for fence damage

March 31, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A teenager left paralysed and wheelchair bound after being impaled on railings in a cycling accident is furious after being sent a letter – demanding payment for the damaged fence. Ben Foulds, 18, was nearly killed when he skidded on wet leaves, careered into a metal railing then plunged 15ft onto the road below with…

Council hires £800-a-day consultant to SAVE money

Council hires £800-a-day consultant to SAVE money

March 24, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A cash-strapped council has caused uproar by hiring a consultant for £800-a-day – to help it SAVE money. Somerset County Council is paying ‘business improvement director’ Lesley Ottery the equivalent salary of £208,000-a-year – £65,000 MORE than the Prime Minister. The Conservative-run council is struggling to reduce its £350 million debt mountain and plans to…

Bus drivers require special training for narrow corner

Bus drivers require special training for narrow corner

March 23, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A bungling council has opened a new multi-million pound bus lane – only to admit it cannot be used because drivers need special training to negotiate a narrow corner. Norfolk County Council officially opened a brand-new £1.5m bus route in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, on March 14. But bus drivers have been unable to use the…

Britain’s biggest pothole stretches 200 feet

Britain’s biggest pothole stretches 200 feet

March 16, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Miserable motorists today demanded action to fix Britain’s longest pothole – which stretches for an incredible 200 FEET. The crumbling crater covers the entire length of a city street and is 4ft wide and four inches deep in places. But Gloucester City Council has so far refused to fix the road surface, claiming it cannot…

‘Pothole hotline’ receives 5,000 complaints in ten days

‘Pothole hotline’ receives 5,000 complaints in ten days

March 14, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A council received 5,000 complaints to a ‘pothole hotline’ in just ten weeks – an average of one every 20 minutes. Plymouth City Council has been bombarded with calls from drivers and homeowners after the number was set up on January 1. By March 6 it had received 5,290 calls from people complaining that not…

Councillor loses “coconut” racism appeal

Councillor loses “coconut” racism appeal

March 9, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A black councillor convicted of racial harassment after branding an Asian colleague a ”coconut” lost her appeal today. Liberal Democrat Shirley Brown, 49, used the derogatory remark against Conservative Jay Jethwa at a Bristol City Council debate in February 2009. The term is used to describe someone who is betraying their roots because they are…

Tory councillor told colleagues: “Great candidate – shame he’s black”

Tory councillor told colleagues: “Great candidate – shame he’s black”

February 17, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Race watchdogs were furious today after a veteran councillor told colleagues ”Great candidate – shame he’s black” during an interview and kept his job. Shamed Tory John Major, 79, made the comment after interviewing Hitesh Patel for the £119,000-a-year job as chief executive of Monmouthshire County Council. Stunned colleagues on the recruitment panel reported him…

Parents kicked out of council playgroup for being British

Parents kicked out of council playgroup for being British

January 19, 2011 | by | 15 Comments

Outraged mothers spoke of their ”humiliation” today after they were kicked out of a council-funded children’s playgroup – because they were BRITISH. Emma Knightley, 25, and Kimberley Wildman, 27, turned up at the ‘Making Links’ playgroup with their children Imogen, 21 months, and Olivia, 18 months. But they were stunned when organisers at the centre…

Exeter rubbish crisis: streets resemble “third world country”

Exeter rubbish crisis: streets resemble “third world country”

January 4, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

Outraged residents whose streets resemble ”a third world country” after rubbish bins went uncollected for a month were furious today when the council leader stated it was ”not a major problem”. Householders in Exeter, Devon, have had to negotiate huge piles of waste outside their homes which is attracting vermin – including rats, mice and…

Cat owner threatened with fine for putting up posters of missing pet

Cat owner threatened with fine for putting up posters of missing pet

January 4, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

A council was blasted yesterday for threatening a distressed pet owner who put up posters in the hope of finding his lost cat – with a £1,000 fine. Mike Harding, 44, was issued with a 48 hour ”remove or pay up” ultimatum by Bedfordshire Borough Council which accused the driving instructor of ”fly-posting”. Stunned Mike…

Weeping over willow: residents’ moan at 50ft tree’s protection order

Weeping over willow: residents’ moan at 50ft tree’s protection order

December 2, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

Residents are outraged after a 50ft tall weeping willow tree which keeps their homes in permanent darkness was placed under a protection order. Locals say the 50-year-old tree blocks out the sun, affects television reception and damages nearby buildings. They have campaigned for the council to trim the willow for 20 years and are furious…

Council fined £100,000 for faxing child abuse sex case to public

November 24, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A council has been fined £100,000 after it accidentally faxed details of a child sex abuse case to a member of the public, it emerged today. Red-faced chiefs at Hertfordshire County Council have apologised after admitting a series of embarrassing data protection gaffes. An investigation by the Information Commissioner found staff from the childcare litigation…

Scandal-hit mayor quits after series of embarrassing gaffes

November 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A scandal-hit Labour lord mayor has been booted out of the party after a string of embarrassing gaffes. Controversial councillor Colin Hall was officially deselected from the party and told he would not have Labour’s support in next May’s local elections. It follows a catalogue of blunders which have plagued cllr Hall’s reign since he…

Pig sty-le: Farmer rules shelter is too posh for his porkers

Pig sty-le: Farmer rules shelter is too posh for his porkers

November 17, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

A Cotswold farmer yesterday slammed ”ridiculous” council planners – after they ruled that his pig shelter was too POSH for his porkers. Stunned Julian Davies, 68, carried out urgent repairs on the 200-year-old building as his Gloucester Old Spots prepared to give birth. He installed concrete blocks to hold up the ”falling down” structure, replaced…