It feels like I haven’t done much on Greenwich Council’s propaganda weekly Greenwich Time recently, which is a shame because it’s been ripe with things to take the mickey out of. Lots of photographs of council leader Chris Roberts always make GT an essential read for any obedient citizen of Greenwich borough. And there’s been a few of those in the past weeks. But my deliveries of GT have dried up lately, leaving me to scour the web version for cheer as the winter nights draw in and the temperatures drop.
Look! Here’s proof Greenwich Council is cleaning up the streets!
Oh, look, it’s the 250 people Greenwich Council has employed to clean the streets! How nice to see them in the pages of Greenwich Time once again! This jolly gang are a regular feature in the council’s propaganda weekly these days. Of course, if the council had actually bothered cleaning the streets properly in the first place, it wouldn’t need to employ extra people to clean up the mess the borough’s streets are in. Actually, I think the more people employed in cleaning the streets, the better. If streets are kept clean, people are less likely to litter them. And, of course, it’s a way of investing in public services and getting people jobs at the same time. My own local streets are a bit less messy as a result, with street sweepers making regular appearances for the first time in some years.
Except these jobs are only due to last 12 months. They’ll make sure the streets are clean up and a little bit beyond the next council election… then what?
Greenwich Council can print as much old guff as it likes in Greenwich Time claiming it’s working to improve the local environment. The trouble is, local people can see with their own eyes that this is cobblers.
Only a couple of hours ago, I came back from a gig in Stepney by Docklands Light Railway. I got off at Deptford Bridge, on the Greenwich-Lewisham border, to hop on a bus back to Charlton. What sight welcomed me back to my home borough?
Nice. If you turned the other way, you’d see a Lewisham Council bin which was empty. In Greenwich borough, sights like this aren’t rare. What kind of council would let a bin at a busy transport interchange apparently go all day without being emptied? The rats of SE8 will be thanking the council for that. It shows what a task the council has set itself, in trying to catch up on the neglect of the past few years in such a short space of time.
Because the attitude of Greenwich Council is more about what makes life easier for Greenwich Council, rather than what makes life easier for its residents. It’s an old chestnut as far as this blog’s concerned, but it’s worth repeating. Want to get down Charlton Church Lane on a Monday? Have a bit of difficulty getting around? On the day the bins are collected, you might as well stay at home.
That photo was taken last Monday, 2 November, in the middle of the afternoon. Charlton Church Lane is not the only street with a narrow pavement left blocked by the council’s bin collection teams. However many times Greenwich Council claims it cares for the enviroment, the Monday bin collection in Greenwich, Charlton and Blackheath shows it couldn’t give a damn, as long as the basic minimum is done.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I think it needs repeating in the light of Greenwich Time’s constant propaganda assault. Yes, the council has taken on 250 people to clean the streets. But they’re only filling the gaps where it couldn’t do the job properly in the first place.
Taken as a whole, Greenwich Council’s leadership still has a complete disregard for the environment its residents have to live in. And, with the cynicism it shows through the pages of Greenwich Time, it looks like it’s going to carry on treating those residents like idiots as well.