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Star date: 6th December 2011 

SALFORD TO BECOME WILD WEST AS COUNCIL AXES ACTION ON BARKING DOGS, DIY NOISE AND NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL

Salford Council will no longer come out to deal with barking dogs, `low frequency' noise, D.I.Y. drilling (unless it's been driving you mad for over a month) and loads of other complaints as part of cuts to its previously excellent Environmental Protection Team.

Furious residents phoning the Council with these complaints will now be told to take their own action. Expect further pressures on the police and ambulance services…

Full story here…


Salford Council last year had over two hundred people complaining about barking dogs and other annoying animals. Now, residents phoning the Council's call centre to ask for help will be told to `take their own action'. What form of action will this take – A shotgun? A punch-up? A call to the local gangster?

No. Callers will be sent details on how they can take legal action under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which everyone knows is expensive, takes months and is virtually impossible to secure a positive verdict. Shotguns, punch-ups and big mates as an option is a lot quicker.

The Wild West Salford charter was ratified yesterday by the Council's Lead Member for the Environment, Councillor Ray Mashiter, as part of staff cuts (1.5 posts axed) to the Environmental Protection Team.

As a result, Salford Council will no longer deal with `neighbour from hell' nuisances like D.I.Y. noise (unless it's been ongoing for over a month!), what it calls `low frequency noise', noisy telephones and church bells (another punch in the face, vicar?), loud PA systems, those barking dogs and `nuisance from empty properties'.

The Council will also no longer "undertake any proactive work in relation to contaminated land" -  which is shocking considering the amount of  toxic contamination discovered in Ordsall recently, and investigated by residents working on Ordsall Undercover magazine.

Neither will the Environment team be involved in landlord licensing consultations, of which there were almost 500 last year.

Stressed out residents calling the Council to complain about everything from barking dogs to incessant drilling will now only be offered standard printed advice by e-mail or snail mail telling them to take their own action under the Environmental Protection Act. But Salford Council's own legal team has warned in a report to the Lead Member for the Environment that "The reduction in service provision could give rise to complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman that the City Council is not discharging its statutory duty to investigate complaints of nuisance". Which, the report adds, could lead to awards of "compensation in findings of maladministration".

Meanwhile, Salford Council doesn't have a problem with its Wild West charter. The report states that "A screening assessment has been undertaken which indicates the proposals will not have any significant impact".

Stressed out residents? Who cares? Expect a `significant impact' on the police and ambulance services…

 

 


 

F. Kemhall wrote
at 16:48:35 on 16 December 2011
Just read Merry's rant in the Advertiser. Trying to blame the torybastards for all that is rotton in this city , and all the services decimation just won't wash . Politicians are all rotton , self-serving parasites , all as bad as each other .If this shower of useless shites cared a jot about the inmates of this dead city they would 'streamline ' the executives , not persecute the needy . 'ALL IN THIS TOGETHER ?' . I think not . Politicians make me puke .
 
Council Watcher , Un-impressed. wrote
at 16:52:47 on 15 December 2011
Once again the Clowncil Cretins make the extorted and cheated council-tax payer suffer by cutting the pathetic value ' services' this lot 'provide'. What they should be doing is shedding the obscene salaried 'executive' bullshitters ,as other councils are . ALL OF THEM , SPICER INCLUDED . This entire gang of clowncil leeching parasites should be rounded up and thrown on the nearest tip , where they can do less damage .
 
futurevigilantynoprobs wrote
at 16:41:19 on 15 December 2011
Nice one salford council once again you deprive the decent people in your areas to be overtaken by anti social cretins. You do not have a clue what it is like living next door to the scum you freely place in social housing. Maybe you dignitaries should swap houses with us for a year and have a taste of our misery.Does the word NIMBY ring any bells.?{[not in my back yard] Bring on the free for all i am waiting.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 09:14:35 on 14 December 2011
Nice to see that the Manchester Evening News has this story in today's paper as an `exclusive' - a full 8 days after the Salford Star first ran it!
 
caroline wrote
at 06:37:24 on 11 December 2011
I do not no what to say other prolams often begin with uncareing and bad manners..Good manners and careing are love in action...If there is none of this..WHY....Maybe some do not no about how to love thy self and thy neghour....?
 
DAVE HATES POLITICIANS wrote
at 11:28:53 on 08 December 2011
If the swinetown cretins are found not discharging statutory duties I will be first to report them to the LGA . Council tax is high in this deadcity , and poor value . This lot should start getting rid of some ' executives ' to save money , as other councils are . It is just a shame ' the big three ' did not sod off with Baker , as they should have done .
 
Anthony wrote
at 15:50:05 on 07 December 2011
Those 1.5 people were clearly worth their weight in gold if they alone dealt with all those issues. The council needs more people like them.
 
debbie wrote
at 12:33:38 on 06 December 2011
Think i shall go for the 'shotgun' option
 
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