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Council reveals £22.2m funding package

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by joshua, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. Gareth

    Gareth Well-Known Forumite

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    FFS the brown bins are not important and would hardly be a wise spend for this additional money.

    Oddly, that is the kind of crap and lazy decision I would expect a council/ councillor to come with lol
     
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  2. proactive

    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    Have you tried composting?

    Seriously mate, of all the things money needs to be spent on at the moment, garden waste collection must come perilously close to the bottom of the pile.

    Have a sense of perspective.
     
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  3. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    If stuff is shredded, or just cut up into smallish bits, it can be scattered in the borders and nature will deal with it for you.
     
  4. Thehooperman

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    If only there was a spare bin to use for composting!!
     
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  5. Lucy

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    Garden waste collections start again from next week.
     
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    22 million is like taking a tinkle in the North Sea so to speak.
     
  9. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    They once sent me* a letter, in a window envelope, telling me, amongst other things, that I couldn't put window envelopes in the paper recycling**...

    The use of a window envelope seemed a bit futile. As far as I could see, everybody got the same letter, they could have printed the addresses on plain, recyclable envelopes.


    * And everybody else.

    ** That restriction changed some time later.
     
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    I don’t think you could easily run thousands of envelopes through a standard multi-functional device. You could print labels but it’s more labour intensive to print labels, transfer them to non-windowed envelopes and then stuff them with the letter. So on a cost basis, windowed envelope would be cheaper despite making the council look a bit daft.
     
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    I hope the brown bins being reinstated is a sign the impact of the virus on staff/absence hasn’t been as bad as they expected (rather than being a response to public pressure)
     
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    Not sure why they'd need envelopes in the first place. Who cares if a postman or anyone else reads what everyone's getting anyway.

    This would probably be over-egging it, but instead of envelopes, they could use the type of "technology" the County use to send me my payslip. Details on one side of A4, name and address on the other (the "envelope" side), folded in half, sealed, and put in the post. Not a job for your standard MFD, though.
     
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  13. Lucy

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    They are called self mailers. #geek
     
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  15. TheOldeTrout

    TheOldeTrout A few posts under my belt

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    I've run into a problem in that I'm over 70 and supposed to be self-isolating. The plan was that the County Council would drop off a one-off free parcel with some basic items (which they kindly did) but subsequently I was supposed to ring the Borough and someone would do a shop at the Co-op and the Co-op would ring me and I would pay 'off the card'. I rang the Covid-19 support team at the Borough Council and they started to take the order but when I mentioned I needed some gluten-free items the man said I had to contact the County Council if I had a dietary need. He put me through but the lady I spoke to there said that apart from the one-off parcel they only deal with the most vulnerable of the vulnerable and people who have received a letter from the Government saying they are 'shielded'. I don't fall into that category so I'm in s pickle. I've sent an email to the Covid-19 support team asking if they are sure about it because I can't believe I'm the only 70-something person who has coeliac disease. The lady gave me some phone numbers to try. Last time I looked at the online supermarkets they had no slots. Friends and neighbours have offered to help but some have already bought me provisions and we haven't settled up yet and I don't want to get to the end of this thing (if I do get through it) and find myself owing this person, that person and the other person. Sorry Stafford Forum for expressing my frustration here. I must stress the Council staff have been polite. I'll update if I hear anything further - like there's been a mistake. I know it is fortunate that the Council has organised any sort of volunteer scheme but it's just my luck that I fall into a category that doesn't fit either scheme.
     
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    I'd probably go back to the Borough and explain the situation, and get them to discuss your situation with the person at the County as to who should be picking up your case .... as I assume one of them should be. Could one of your friends or neighbours help?
     
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    My brother works for the Co-op albeit not in this area. Each store has been tasked with finding a partner to deliver food to vulnerable people. it might be worth calling the store directly to see if they are offering any help
     
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    There has been more allocated now. But it still won't be enough unfortunately.
     
  19. TheOldeTrout

    TheOldeTrout A few posts under my belt

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    Thanks rudie, actually someone told me the Baptist Church have organised a team of volunteers to shop for people in isolation so I've placed an order witj them for esrly nrxt week. They bring a machine so you can make a card payment.
     
  20. TheOldeTrout

    TheOldeTrout A few posts under my belt

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    Should have said the church at Rising Brook.
     
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