Keep off the grass...even if you're cutting it

October 25, 2007 12:04 PM

ClownsCan’t council bureaucrats find anything better to do than discourage social, voluntary activity helping the local community?  If you’ve read the Telegraph this morning you’ll see the disappointing story involving Broxbourne Council asking Stan and Jean Chatterton to stop cleaning a grass verge near their house.


In a letter to the couple, the council said their generous acts were getting in the way of the Council’s ability to “monitor the frequency we need to cut the area”. 


Therefore the council want to stop the Chatterton’s from cleaning, cutting and taking care of a grass verge because they want to do it themselves, using money from the taxpayer that could be put to other services because voluntary activity was taking care of the public area.


This yet more is proof of local government trying to carve out a role for itself where it simply has no role to play.  You, truly, couldn’t make it up.

ClownsCan’t council bureaucrats find anything better to do than discourage social, voluntary activity helping the local community?  If you’ve read the Telegraph this morning you’ll see the disappointing story involving Broxbourne Council asking Stan and Jean Chatterton to stop cleaning a grass verge near their house.


In a letter to the couple, the council said their generous acts were getting in the way of the Council’s ability to “monitor the frequency we need to cut the area”. 


Therefore the council want to stop the Chatterton’s from cleaning, cutting and taking care of a grass verge because they want to do it themselves, using money from the taxpayer that could be put to other services because voluntary activity was taking care of the public area.


This yet more is proof of local government trying to carve out a role for itself where it simply has no role to play.  You, truly, couldn’t make it up.

Latest Blogs:

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Sadiq Khan right to take taxpayers off hook for Garden Bridge

11:29 AM 28, Apr 2017 The TaxPayers' Alliance

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

TPA’s proposals adopted by Select Committee

4:34 PM 27, Apr 2017 Jan Zeber

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Inquiry into government accounts - Written evidence

10:00 AM 27, Apr 2017 The TaxPayers' Alliance

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

The Conservative Manifesto: Joint note by the TPA and IEA

10:48 AM 26, Apr 2017 The TaxPayers' Alliance

TaxPayers' Alliance Icon

Theresa May wrong to ring fence foreign aid budget

3:00 PM 21, Apr 2017 The TaxPayers' Alliance