Friday, September 28, 2007

Little Things

- Make a difference.
A while ago I was waiting for a bus in Woodford Avenue adjacent to Claybury Broadway. The grassy knoll was awash with litter basically because the bus shelter had been moved and the litter bin fixed to the railings had been left in its original position 20 yards down the hill. A quick email to Cllr Weinberg and, hey presto, a new free standing litter bin was provided and the grassy knoll was looking a lot better. Still litter there, but nowhere near as much.

A while before that Area 4 provided 6 new Notice Boards. The one in Claybury Broadway replaced the old wooden one on the grassy knoll, on the opposite side of the road to where the shops – and people – are. Again a quick email to Cllr Weinberg and [after some time, this is the council] that notice board was moved to the other side of the road. This cost £300.

3 reams of paper or 1,500 sheetsJust recently I have received a letter from the Redbridge Planning department advising me of the result of a planning application. This was on a single sided A4 sheet. Included was a “Customer Satisfaction Survey” printed on 3 single sided sheets of A4. Bearing in mind the number of these that must be sent out by the council, I have asked if it is possible to condense this “Survey” to a single sheet of A4 printed on both sides. I have had a reply from the Head of Planning and Information who said “this is a very worthy suggestion and I will see if we can take this up.” He also informs me that some 4,000 of these are sent out every year, so a saving of 8,000 sheets of paper could be made.

These three items are not meant to be critical, we all make mistakes, and we are all guilty from time to time of not giving as much care and attention to detail as we should. However, we all have a responsibility to point out where improvements [even simple ones] can be made. If you have a constructive suggestion or comment to make, then make it.

8 comments:

  1. "A quick email to Cllr Weinberg and, hey presto, a new free standing litter bin was provided"

    Can this be???

    A bouquet for Cllr Weinberg?

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  2. “this is a very worthy suggestion..."

    Worthy?

    Still, I totally agree about constructive suggestions. Not to mention a bit of appreciation when things go right. It really makes life so much pleasanter, and possibly even breaks through he hardened protective shell of cynicism built up by all those, especially long-suffering Council employees, who work with the generally ungrateful public.

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  3. Ah, Dorothea,
    Not being a local you would not be aware that Cllr Weinberg lives a few yards along the road opposite said grassy knoll.

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  4. "Worthy"? - Every little helps! And I want recycling rates to go DOWN through not producing unnecessary waste in the first place.

    Are not the "ungrateful public" the product of unrealistic expectations fuelled by the empty promises of politicians?

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  5. "...Cllr Weinberg lives a few yards along the road opposite said grassy knoll"

    Ohw. My burgeoning faith in Cllrs' better nature has now evaporated.

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  6. "Are not the "ungrateful public" the product of unrealistic expectations fuelled by the empty promises of politicians?"

    In some cases yes, of course.

    In other cases, well, just imagine legions of Jade Goodys, most of the participants on Jerry Springer, and daytime TVers, not to forget the preachy and supercilious people typified by Jennifer Aldridge and Linda Snell (if you know R4's "the Archers") who always moan, whatever is done for them.

    Such people demand the "right" to have unrealistic expectations. They just won't vote for politicians who would deny them their illusions.

    Having been hands-on with "the public", imo, maybe 10% are really lovely, reasonable people, 10% are the opposite (to put it politely), and the rest of us are inbetween. You know, the usual bell-curve.

    By "worthy" I only meant that it seems a curious word to use. Sorry if misunderstanding was occasioned. I wholeheartedly agree with your post - very positive.

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  7. Who are all those people you mention, Dorothea?

    Chavs I presume. I sometimes wonder whether airport expansion is a good thing if those people all jet off soemwhere else? Can we make airports one-way I wonder?

    No offence taken on "worthy". I thought it was strange too!

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  8. "Can we make airports one-way I wonder?"

    LOL!

    Lynda Snell types would choke to be thought "chavs" (I can partially see Julie Burchill's point there).

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article515509.ece

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Archers
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/archers/whos_who/characters/who_lyndasnell.shtml

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