Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 28, 2017

Council Cocks-Up Attempt At £130 Green Bin Snatch

Reading the excellent article by Roger Blaxall on Qlocal, (which you may know is “accredited” by the WLBC as an external link) on the sheltered housing Crosshall Court attempted green bin cash snatch, took me back to April and our “Council Directors Surplus To Requirements?” news.

In this case of Crosshall Court, the WLBC owned flats  are rented to tenants who may also pay a service charge to cover the cost of maintaining the building they live in. Service charges usually cover the cost of: Repairs and maintenance of communal areas; Caretaker services to communal areas; Electricity to light communal areas; Heating of communal areas; Maintenance of communal gardens. And sheltered services residents usually pay a share of everything even if they don’t use some of the services. For example, if they live on the ground floor and never use the lift, they still pay something towards its maintenance .

Crosshall Court’s Category 2 apartments are all under one roof and have a Scheme Manager, most of whom live on the premises. All of these schemes have a communal lounge where social activities are held. These can include: coffee mornings, bingo, concerts, luncheon clubs, afternoon teas, card evenings, trips out and much more. All residents have use of communal laundry facilities, car parking facilities and landscaped gardens.

So, meet Heidi McDougall again, we introduced her in our “Council Directors Surplus To Requirements?” article in April. As WLBC Director of Street Scene, a job that pays circa £70,000 per annum, her job description includes “Street scene strategy, transport, fleet maintenance, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, refuse and recyclables collections, depot, commercial waste collections, weighbridge and transfer facility”.

We have a Director of Housing and Inclusion Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey for Housing and policy strategy, housing options, estate management/regeneration, rents and money advice, sheltered housing, property management, asset management, caretaking and gardening. Salary package circa £70k+.

And we have a Director of Development and Regeneration; John Harrison; Economic development, estates and evaluation, technical services, sustainable drainage, Ormskirk market, off street parking, planning policy, development management, planning enforcement, building control, heritage and conservation, trees and landscaping, environmental strategy, street naming and numbering, planning support. Salary package circa £82k+.

As Roger Blaxall reports “Crosshall Court residents became unhappy with the level of garden maintenance they received from the council for their service charge and so started to carry out some gardening themselves to achieve a better standard; now the council are refusing to empty the green garden waste bins unless the sheltered housing residents pay the £30 per bin charge with just five bins in use” although it’s £25 for each extra green bin but that should not concern tenants who now find the WLBC in breach of tenancy contract for grounds maintenance and landscaping and against whom they might consider counterclaiming.

And we still have one Director too many…save over £70,000 by ending this triple overlapping of duties…and end the great green bin robbery!


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