Readers may recall that as a result of failure to empty the waste bins, when paying my Council Tax this month I made a deduction for services that had not been provided. In response to the email I received from West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) requesting that I pay the correct amount each month, I informed them that subject to a satisfactory service being provided there would be no problem in my so doing.
Last week - no, better if I just copy an email sent to WODC:
"Dear Ms. XXXXXXX,
Following our recent exchange of emails on the above subject, I thought it reasonable to advise you that last week (Thursday) - whilst the general waste bins were emptied - the recycling and food bins were not. I telephoned on Friday and, as promised, they were emptied that morning.
However, the 'food' vehicle obviously had a leak, resulting in two mounds of 'slurry' waste that I had to clear - and then hose down the area. Photographs of this were sent to WODC, care of the "Enquires (at)" email address.
Suffice to say that, that which occured on 1st August will now be repeated on 1st September. Needless to say, on each occasion that problems arise with my waste collection, deductions will continue to be made.
As yet no response has been received........
Non-compliance - and the word 'No' - is a powerful weapon and the sooner we say that, not just to our local politicians but those at national level too (coupled with the bureaucrats they use), the sooner they all may just begin to listen............?