Today I declare myself a local hero and I would like to dedicate any award, such as a plaque in a prominent position for all to see, to Adur & Worthing Councils – maybe I will be recognised by some sort of mention within the new civic centre.
The art of communication is not dead and I am thrilled that I am one of those prepared to read and digest quite a bit of junk mail that comes through my door!
Let me start at the beginning, I have never been one for recycling, but thanks to a leaflet that came through my letter box in the past week from the council, I have decided to do my bit to be a good citizen and perhaps go just that little bit further!
Let me quote from the leaflet: ‘Did you know that if every resident in Adur and Worthing recycled just one extra yoghurt pot per week we could save £3,000 per year?’
So how have I become a local hero? Well for starters let me say that I hate yoghurt, but if I can do just something to ensure that my local council hits targets and hopefully keeps up that brilliant record of constant zero increases in council tax and even a reduction in the said tax then I ‘will’ do my bit.
Since reading the leaflet I have spent days going around supermarkets, and there are quite a few to choose from in Adur, and of course that choice will increase once Lidl opens.
I have tried to find the best value yoghurt around. As I said, I hate yoghurt but I am proud to say that I have now done my bit.
I purchased a pack of ten disgusting pots of yoghurt and wearing a face mask I managed to scoop the contents out into the sink and then I deposited the empty pots into the recycling bin having the satisfaction of knowing I have saved my fellow citizens £30,000 in one go!
I am sure that this gesture will receive the recognition that it deserves and hope now that when and if there is going to be a plaque put up for local heroes I will be included as a massive benefactor to the area.
Can you imagine if every household in Adur did as I have done – and I am are there may even be a few of you who actually like the revolting taste of yoghurt – then collectively we will save the council millions of pounds that could be spent on an increase in allowances for councillors, plus of course cover the proposed increase in salary for the chief executive, thus plugging up the shortfall in the budget.
Or, even better, why not give the councillors and chief executive empty yoghurt containers instead of an increase in salary, as these would be worth a lot more than cash in hand?
Taking this concept a step further, we could even pay the European Union the billions per year in yoghurt containers, thus making it easier for us to stay in the union!
There are times I think there is no rhyme or reason to decisions made by the planning committee.
I do despair at some that there appears to be a lack of continuity to decision making.
Last week an application was turned down to allow a shop at the end of the High Street to remain a shop but to include a couple of flats on the upper floors.
In the past few years several similar applications have been allowed, in fact at the other end of the High Street approval was granted for a much larger development, so what is wrong with this one?
For starters several members of the committee are new and possibly not aware of previous permissions.
The reasons for refusal appear to be unreasonable and certainly not in line with planning guidelines.
One ‘new’ councillor said that the rooms were too small – really? What has that got to do with planning law?
Surely this is a commercial venture and if the rooms are too small then that’s down to the developer and anyone who will wish to purchase the flats.
If they are too small no one will buy them and the developer will be stuck with them.
Look at some of the new houses that have been built in the area over the past few years, many of them woefully small, but all appear to be sold and some even well over-priced, but we live in supply and demand times.
I hope that the applicant goes for a ‘state’ decision and appeals.
I am sure they will win.
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