…where people, in their everyday lives, in
their homes, in their neighbourhoods, in their workplace…
…don’t always turn to officials, local
authorities or central government for answers to the problems they face
…but instead feel both free and powerful
enough to help themselves and their own communities.
So far today, we have Dudley
resident’s told not to cut the grass outside their houses:
Furious residents are lining up their lawnmowers to defy a Black
Country council’s warning not to cut overgrown grass which has turned their
street into an eyesore.
They have been told it is too dangerous for them to take matters into their
own hands and tidy up the “appalling” overgrown grass verge outside their
Dudley Council has stopped mowing the steep verge in Coldstream Drive,
Wordsley, and told residents they will be breaking health and safety rules if
they go ahead and cut it themselves.
But Carol Bradley, aged 60, and her neighbours
are determined to get the mess outside their houses cleared and have vowed to
“fight tooth and nail”.
They have even offered to pay up to £200 for a
contractor to clear the grass but the council refused.
in Havering, we have a pensioner told off for planting flowers on a patch of
Estates officer Jeff McCarthy told her in a
letter: “Whilst I can see the work carried out by you is to a good standard it
was carried out without prior permission and if this was requested
authorisation would not have been given.”
Is iDave going to give these pensioners advice on
how to stand up to bullying local councils so that they can feel ‘free and
powerful enough to help themselves’?
And I am working hard on helping another
pensioner to withstand a bullying council – more coming on Sunday morning –
Watch This Space!