Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Barnet Council can afford to splash out on propoganda but not cemetey repairs

Barnet Council just get worse and worse. A day before the council was meant to debate a report which made the shocking statement about Hendon Cemetery
The dilapidations, disrepair and lack of modern, fit for purpose facilities act as a deterrent to using Hendon as a venue of choice.
They posted this video on Youtube, featuring Councillor Daniel Thomas. Now I've no idea how much this cost, but it is clearly professionally filmed, lit and edited. So yet again we see a council which has enough cash for propoganda videos but can't afford to even maintain the final resting place of our loved ones.
In the video, Councillor Thomas says that we are at risk of losing "Libraries, rubbish collection and street cleaning". No mention of highly paid bosses or contractors going. Thomas goes on to say that the overdevelopment in the west of the Borough (a key council policy) has now given them "challenges". Surely only an idiot doesn't realise more flats = more people = more reception places. Thomas misses two obvious points. Firstly, if there are more people, there will be more income from taxes and secondly, you can put tax up if you are not collecting enough cash to meet your obligations. Thomas asks "what are your priorities for Barnet Council". My answer "stop wasting money on gimmicks like this and spend the cash on core services"

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