Residents are right to be very concerned following revelations that Bolton Council have introduced 300 new slimline waste bins which feature controversial microchips.
Although the council claim that they don’t have the software in place to use the microchips, I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before some bright-spark Labour councillor recommends that some expensive software package is put into place.
I’m also in no doubt that the council would then look to recoup the procurement cost by rolling out automatic charges – activated by the microchips – if households put too much waste in their bin.
Residents expect the council to empty their bins. They don’t expect to be snooped on in the process.
If Bolton Council really have no intention to use microchipped bins in the future they should get their act into gear now and locate the 300 microchipped bins currently in place and remove them at once.
After the European Union’s Court of Auditors failed to give the accounts a clean bill of health for the 22nd year in a row North West UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall has hit out at the huge amount of money being wasted.
Mr Nuttall said “This shows that it’s just as well that we voted to leave the European Union when we did. The levels of waste and bureaucracy are breathtaking.
“Money is being wasted left, right and centre. When we’re outside the EU we can cut out the middleman and look after our own businesses ourselves. It is outrageous that so much money is being thrown away and the sooner we get out the better.
“The system simply isn’t fit for purpose,” he said.
The Court of Auditors’ report blasts the payments underlying the accounts as being ‘materially affected by error’, leading the Court to issue an adverse opinion on the legality and regularity of the payments underlying the accounts.
An adverse opinion is rare in accountancy, and is issued only in serious cases where there has been a substantial departure from generally accepted accounting principles. Continue reading MEP Slams EU waste→
I am delighted that MPs have given early support for “Helen’s Law’ which the mum of murder victim Helen McCourt has long campaigned for.
This would deny killers parole if they will not reveal where their victims’ remains are and while these cases are in the minority of murder cases it is a really important issue.
Helen’s mum, Marie McCourt, from St Helens, Merseyside, has never been able to find peace in her heart since her 22-year-old daughter was murdered by pub licensee Ian Simms. Continue reading Helens Law welcomed→
Proposals by Oldham Council to charge residents £15 for a permit to park on their own road is nothing short of daylight robbery. These new parking permits won’t even guarantee residents their own space outside their home. It’s an absolute con and the council know it.
Parking at Royal Oldham Hospital costs as much as £8 a day. This tax on the sick forced regular visitors to the hospital to use areas such as Furtherwood Road, resulting in the introduction of the current permit system.
Perhaps instead of unscrupulous and opportune profiteering from Oldham Council to make more money off the motorist, the local authority should have consulted with Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust and negotiate ways to bring down the cost of parking.
£15 may not sound like a great deal right now but when you consider that motorists are already paying for road tax, fuel duty and council tax I’d say enough is enough. Also, who’s to say that this permit won’t be subject to the usual, inflation-busting year on year hikes that local councils are renown for?
A report highlighting language difficulties amongst refugees and ayslum seekers when accessing local health services is a serious concern that must be addressed and I commend the Support for Wigan Arrivals Project for providing English lessons for those in need.
However, let us keep in mind that due to an ongoing civil war and threats from Islamic State the recent influx of so-called refugees are supposedly from Syria. Genuine refugees from this part of the world will no doubt have Arabic or Kurdish as their primary language. I can’t imagine it would be difficult to find suitable and affordable interpreters for Arabic and Kurdish into English.
Sadly, the war in Syria has been used as a smokescreen to enable millions of mostly young men, not of Syrian origin, to come into Europe for the promise of a better economical life. And who would blame them? Surely the question must be asked as to why some of those claiming to be refugees are not carrying any form of official identity such as a passport or driver’s licence?
Our GP’s surgeries are already at breaking point without having to cope with an influx of undocumented migrants and it is local residents who will be paying the price by waiting even longer for a doctor’s appointment.
I would like to wish the Gill family the very best of luck as they begin selling raw milk from their cows directly from the farm in an effort to stay in business.
Whilst not wishing to wade into the argument about whether unpasteurised milk is suitable or safe – that should be a matter for the consumer – the direction the Gill family are taking their business highlights a very real concern facing dairy farmers up and down the country.
Over the past 20 years or so, dairy farmers have been squeezed by an oversupply of cheap milk from Europe, meanwhile aggressive practices from big supermarket chains such as Tesco have been instrumental in forcing milk prices below the cost to produce it.
Farmers who are able to sell their milk directly to consumers represents a win-win for the industry and the general public. Since 1996, we have lost 600,000 cows whilst the number of registered dairy producers has fallen by 61%.
This is unsustainable in the long term and therefore I would like to see innovative farmers such as the Gills take back control of their livelihood and be given even more freedom to sell directly to the consumer.
As a long-standing advocate of regular, weekly bin collections for household waste, I warned back in 2008 that a move to fortnightly collections would result in an increase in fly-tipping.
What I could not foresee however, was that Liverpool was to become a dumping ground for illegal waste from other local authorities, courtesy of unscrupulous gangs looking to profit from rubbish build-up.
With the council already spending £1 million on a clear up operation of the waste and with the prospect of more councils moving to three or even four weekly waste collections, this could be just the tip of the iceberg.
Liverpool Council should, as a first step, look to reintroduce regular weekly collections. However I would also call on Mayor Joe Anderson to use his supposed influence to lobby neighbouring councils to follow suit.
I fully understand the genuine concerns facing residents in Wirral who now face rather drastic changes to Westminster boundaries and the loss of one MP following the recent boundary review.
Voters naturally get accustomed to existing seats, especially when they reflect geographical or demographic realities and there will always be an argument that tinkering with boundaries accounts for nothing more than so-called ‘gerrymandering’ by whichever party implements any changes.
Whether we change the boundaries or leave them as they are, it will make not one iota of difference in ensuring that voters are fairly represented. We will still end up in a situation where most voters live in safe seats that hardly, if ever, change hands meaning that MPs can take your vote for granted.
Only by introducing an element of proportional representation like they have for the assemblies in Wales and London for example will voters be fairly represented by a variety of MPs from different parties and holding different views.
• Motion for a Resolution:
Proposal by Belgian MEP Sander Loones on behalf of the ECR group for a debate about how the EU will prepare negotiations once Article 50 of the EU treaties invoked by Member States
UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the the North West of England