Does this add up?

The story headlined “Fury at £286K travellers’ site extra cost” (The Press, February 7) is likely to make many people furious, including the travellers.

If we are to believe the council spokeswoman and assume that the extra cost will be met from the income generated from the six extra pitches, each pitch has to generate more than £47,500.

Assistant director of housing Steve Waddington shouldn’t assume anything in these matters – he should provide open and accurate information and allow people to respond.

After the Labour-controlled council has closed the Beckfield Lane skip site to save money and now wants to charge us for taking away green waste, I think we are entitled to know more about how money is been wasted.

If the council approve a charge for green waste removal, I will not pay it while the council wastes money elsewhere and try to keep it hidden from scrutiny.

Perhaps the council could let us know the average net return per year for the existing travellers’ pitches, just to show how and over what period we will see a return on the £47,500 per pitch noted in this latest scheme.

Philip Sunley, Paddock Way, York.

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2:39pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Suggest that Philip Sunley uses a FOI request for the information he asks for.

He is however right to question Steve Waddington, who proved he can't lie straight in bed, after making one contradiction after another on Radio York yesterday morning about the flawed Get York Building initiative, which is another pack of lies using la-la land logic and fictitious figures.

York Council are run by a set of con merchants and political vandals.
Suggest that Philip Sunley uses a FOI request for the information he asks for. He is however right to question Steve Waddington, who proved he can't lie straight in bed, after making one contradiction after another on Radio York yesterday morning about the flawed Get York Building initiative, which is another pack of lies using la-la land logic and fictitious figures. York Council are run by a set of con merchants and political vandals. Scarlet Pimpernel

6:34pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Dawnshine says...

Correct me if I'm wrong but travellers choose to live outside of our society and do not contribute towards council tax as far as I'm aware so why are they getting free land at our expense. Can I have some free land I've been contibuting to tax since I can remember and have always wanted to own a very humble sized woods, please oh wait I'm probably too hardworking.
Correct me if I'm wrong but travellers choose to live outside of our society and do not contribute towards council tax as far as I'm aware so why are they getting free land at our expense. Can I have some free land I've been contibuting to tax since I can remember and have always wanted to own a very humble sized woods, please oh wait I'm probably too hardworking. Dawnshine

4:23am Sat 9 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

Good Grief, a letter/article about Travellers that has OPEN COMMENTS!! O_O

Can I have some free land please? I'd like to build a rickety wooden tower on it with a big magnifying lens on the top to burn my enemies when it is sunny!!!


But seriously though, this does seem a bit stupid that, in the same announcement as cutting back on pretty much every other part of the budget and even having the audacity to potentially start charging for green bin emptying (which is actually a council services and so funding for it is included in a thing called Council Tax), they then say they're going to spend a lot of money on people who don't pay council tax, and would likely move on if they were asked to.

If the council do start charging for green bin emptying, expect a lot of verges and fields to be strewn with garden waste or for garden waste to start appearing in grey bins....
Good Grief, a letter/article about Travellers that has OPEN COMMENTS!! O_O Can I have some free land please? I'd like to build a rickety wooden tower on it with a big magnifying lens on the top to burn my enemies when it is sunny!!! But seriously though, this does seem a bit stupid that, in the same announcement as cutting back on pretty much every other part of the budget and even having the audacity to potentially start charging for green bin emptying (which is actually a council services and so funding for it is included in a thing called Council Tax), they then say they're going to spend a lot of money on people who don't pay council tax, and would likely move on if they were asked to. If the council do start charging for green bin emptying, expect a lot of verges and fields to be strewn with garden waste or for garden waste to start appearing in grey bins.... Magicman!

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