For two months now we have scaffolding outside our flats in bermondsey, they originally put up this small scaffolding for the work men to clear the guttering, the workmen were there for two hours one morning, this was 2 months ago. The scaffolding lays dormant, not even alarmed right next to some ones window,. handy for buglars as well. When I complained to council just received, we will look into it, yet we have been fighting for new windows forever and still have not received them, I know it costs the council a few hundred a week just for that scaffolding to sit there, while the scaffolding company rub their hands as they receive payments from council for it to just sit there. Plus theres the thing down the blue as well in the centre just sitting there, another waste of money that was. It seems rather dead down there now since the council decided to refurbish it.
I wouldn't dream of playing devil's advocate where local authorities are concerned, (I've complained to mine often enough,) but quite often in the above situation it's the scaffold company's fault. I have it from a reliable source that some companies, after the payment time has lapsed and they're not getting any more money, will leave the scaffolding erected, rather than 'strike' it, (i.e. take it down.) They don't then have to load it on to the lorry, take it back to the depot, unload it and then have to reload it and take it to the next site. Basically, using the existing site as storage.
One of he amazing things about this forum is that councilors who care actually do something about your issues. Ladywriter, I bet you a fiver that the scaffolding is gone within a week now that GN is on the case (or he finds a good reason for it being up).
I have had faulty windows in my flat for over 5 years and still havent reached an agreement with Southwark. I would go public about it and was considering going to the press but was fearful it would be an open invite for burglars to break. Caught between a rock and a hard place...
How much money does the council spend on hanging flower baskets? They hang these high maintenance (they're already watering this year's collection) flower displays from the lampposts on Weston Street when the money could be better spent on the nearby parks and gardens.
Leathermarket Gardens and other, smaller green spaces, are extremely well looked after by the Green Team. It is unfortunate, to put it mildly, that a small number of people seem to have no respect for these wonderful oases. I cleared a load of rubbish, today, carelessly and thoughtlessly dumped by people. Also, an extraordinarily large amount of dog waste is not cleared away by supposed dog lovers.