I am getting annoyed. (A bit more than that, actually.)
I am angry at the money which is wasted whilst people’s needs are ignored.
I asked my local council if there were any grants available to businesses to help them install a hoist and changing bench at their premises in order to improve access for disabled people. There are no such grants.
Money is tight and I understand that. The council has a lot of responsibilities and I have met some councillors who truly do care.
Yet I constantly read stories in my local paper (and sometimes on the BBC news) where so much money is being wasted that it is simply beyond my understanding.
Take for example the recent “pavement-hogging Hayle pelican crossing” which nobody can quite believe. Do click the link to see the photo!
Or, worse still, the now infamous Truro bus lane.
From the BBC news: It cost £30,000 to create and will cost another £30,000 to remove and reinstate the blacktop, said Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cabinet member for transport.
He said the cost was covered in the scheme’s contingency spending and was “a very small amount of council tax money”.
I appreciate that each department has a separate budget but why is it okay for one department to waste money on obvious bad decisions whilst another department is struggling to meet the needs of vulnerable people?
If £60,000 really is a small amount of council tax money then there is no excuse not to fund a Changing Places toilet in Truro city centre.
One could be installed in the Cathedral toilet where there is already a toilet large enough for a bench and hoist. Or maybe a business could be approached to house it? We could also site one at Malpas park and still have plenty left over to improve other aspects of Truro too!
Cornwall Services installed theirs for a little over £6000.
The manager described it as “a drop in the ocean” when it means people are no longer excluded.
Turns out it is actually a mere drop in the ocean of what gets wasted in some areas!
So yes, I am angry.