ELECTIONS: Have you cast your vote yet?

Zara Macmillan, electoral services officer, and Amy Selby, electoral services assistant, making final preparations for today’s local elections

Zara Macmillan, electoral services officer, and Amy Selby, electoral services assistant, making final preparations for today’s local elections

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

TODAY sees residents from all over Swindon head to the polls to vote in vital local and European elections.

Over the last six weeks councillors and candidates have been pounding the streets and putting leaflets through doors in an attempt to gain votes.

In total there are 20 seats up for grabs so the make-up of the council and ultimately the future direction of Swindon will be decided. Almost all wards have one seat on the line, with the exception of Ridgeway which has none and St Andrews which has two.

The polls will open from 7am-10pm, after which a full count will take place at the Oasis Leisure Centre, with the result expected at some point after midnight.

Over the last few months preparations have been carried out by the election team to ensure everything runs smoothly throughout the day.

A team of more than 500 staff are involved in the operation, from verifying the postal votes to manning the 94 polling stations.

Deputy returning officer Sally Sprason said: “The office is a really busy and exciting place at the moment as there is so much going on.

“The phone is constantly ringing with people asking questions as to whether they are on the electoral register or worried they have misplaced their card.

“We have been sending out the equipment to the polling stations and making sure everyone knows what they are doing on the day.

“Everything is in place so we are confident everything will run smoothly.”

Although today is the big day, many will have already had their say through postal voting, which has seen a big rise.

“There has been a huge increase in the amount of postal votes we have sent out,” said Sally.

“While we don’t know how many votes there are until the count, we sent out around 28,500, which is more than 10,000 more than at the last European election.”

The average turnout at the last local election was around 30 per cent, although the high-profile nature of the European elections may increase this. However, the Met Office has issued a weather warning as they are expecting heavy rain in the early part of the day, which may have an effect on the turnout.

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7:32am Thu 22 May 14

ChаnnelX says...

All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding. ChаnnelX
  • Score: -20

7:39am Thu 22 May 14

umpcah says...

ChаnnelX wrote:
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
Thank you Mr Cameron !
[quote][p][bold]ChаnnelX[/bold] wrote: All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding.[/p][/quote]Thank you Mr Cameron ! umpcah
  • Score: 3

7:55am Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...

ChаnnelX wrote:
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
Nice use of my cloned account.
[quote][p][bold]ChаnnelX[/bold] wrote: All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding.[/p][/quote]Nice use of my cloned account. ChannelX
  • Score: -9

7:59am Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...

Just been out to vote. The loser who cloned my account may be interested to know that I didn't vote Tory either locally or at the European level.

In fact, far from encouraging people to blindly vote Tory, I'd encourage people to look at the previous election results and see who has the best chance of beating out Labour in your area and vote for whoever those parties may be.
Just been out to vote. The loser who cloned my account may be interested to know that I didn't vote Tory either locally or at the European level. In fact, far from encouraging people to blindly vote Tory, I'd encourage people to look at the previous election results and see who has the best chance of beating out Labour in your area and vote for whoever those parties may be. ChannelX
  • Score: -10

7:59am Thu 22 May 14

Wildwestener says...

ChannelX wrote:
ChаnnelX wrote:
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
Nice use of my cloned account.
If you've been cloned, I hope you reported it because that was an awfully dodgy post whatever one's politics.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChаnnelX[/bold] wrote: All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding.[/p][/quote]Nice use of my cloned account.[/p][/quote]If you've been cloned, I hope you reported it because that was an awfully dodgy post whatever one's politics. Wildwestener
  • Score: 1

8:06am Thu 22 May 14

Al Smith says...

ChаnnelX wrote:
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
My advice to all the people thinking about voting conservative today - vote independent or UKIP and give our arrogant conservative politicians (and their lackeys) the bloody nose they deserve.
[quote][p][bold]ChаnnelX[/bold] wrote: All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding.[/p][/quote]My advice to all the people thinking about voting conservative today - vote independent or UKIP and give our arrogant conservative politicians (and their lackeys) the bloody nose they deserve. Al Smith
  • Score: 7

8:27am Thu 22 May 14

house on the hill says...

ChаnnelX wrote:
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
So much for a free democracy then!!!!! Typical narrow minded arrogant view of a politician or wannabee and why I would never vote for twunts like that!
[quote][p][bold]ChаnnelX[/bold] wrote: All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding.[/p][/quote]So much for a free democracy then!!!!! Typical narrow minded arrogant view of a politician or wannabee and why I would never vote for twunts like that! house on the hill
  • Score: 5

8:30am Thu 22 May 14

house on the hill says...

ChannelX wrote:
Just been out to vote. The loser who cloned my account may be interested to know that I didn't vote Tory either locally or at the European level.

In fact, far from encouraging people to blindly vote Tory, I'd encourage people to look at the previous election results and see who has the best chance of beating out Labour in your area and vote for whoever those parties may be.
thats about as stupid as your supposed clone! so dont vote for who you think is best, vote for the party most likely to keep Labour out, so much for democracy then as you clearly dont believe in it or your "twin"!
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Just been out to vote. The loser who cloned my account may be interested to know that I didn't vote Tory either locally or at the European level. In fact, far from encouraging people to blindly vote Tory, I'd encourage people to look at the previous election results and see who has the best chance of beating out Labour in your area and vote for whoever those parties may be.[/p][/quote]thats about as stupid as your supposed clone! so dont vote for who you think is best, vote for the party most likely to keep Labour out, so much for democracy then as you clearly dont believe in it or your "twin"! house on the hill
  • Score: 7

8:41am Thu 22 May 14

Davey Gravey says...

Not 1 candidate has knocked on my door. Think the Tory controlled council have acted terribly recently so will be voting for the only realistic alternative.
I don't care who people vote for but think everyone should take the time to register their vote. Even if that is to spoil it.
Not 1 candidate has knocked on my door. Think the Tory controlled council have acted terribly recently so will be voting for the only realistic alternative. I don't care who people vote for but think everyone should take the time to register their vote. Even if that is to spoil it. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 9

9:08am Thu 22 May 14

Clippies says...

So Tory chairman repeats Milliband's Gaffe on who is the leader of Swindon Council and can't even name him!
If David Renard is so memorable to both parties it has to be a clear sign he has to go. I'm sick of hearing the Conservatives bleating on about how for the past 4 years they have frozen Council tax, and fail to mention how they continually cut services. They also have the cheek to call the previous Labour run council for increasing Council Tax by 42% in 3 years. Pot and Kettle come to mind.
Added to this the Conservatives have initiated a Paid for Green Waste Scheme which they claim will save £635,000 a year, yet to date only 8000 households have signed up bringing in just £320,000 against current spending of £1,647,800 (all figures supplied by the council), making the scheme to date cost £543,000 more than last years service, which serviced all households in Swindon, not the 9% it currently services.
So Tory chairman repeats Milliband's Gaffe on who is the leader of Swindon Council and can't even name him! If David Renard is so memorable to both parties it has to be a clear sign he has to go. I'm sick of hearing the Conservatives bleating on about how for the past 4 years they have frozen Council tax, and fail to mention how they continually cut services. They also have the cheek to call the previous Labour run council for increasing Council Tax by 42% in 3 years. Pot and Kettle come to mind. Added to this the Conservatives have initiated a Paid for Green Waste Scheme which they claim will save £635,000 a year, yet to date only 8000 households have signed up bringing in just £320,000 against current spending of £1,647,800 (all figures supplied by the council), making the scheme to date cost £543,000 more than last years service, which serviced all households in Swindon, not the 9% it currently services. Clippies
  • Score: 11

10:02am Thu 22 May 14

trolley dolley says...

There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know.

The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact.

The second one was just the truth.
There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know. The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact. The second one was just the truth. trolley dolley
  • Score: 1

11:21am Thu 22 May 14

Clippies says...

trolley dolley wrote:
There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know.

The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact.

The second one was just the truth.
Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder???
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know. The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact. The second one was just the truth.[/p][/quote]Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder??? Clippies
  • Score: 7

12:09pm Thu 22 May 14

fuzzey says...

Clippies wrote:
So Tory chairman repeats Milliband's Gaffe on who is the leader of Swindon Council and can't even name him!
If David Renard is so memorable to both parties it has to be a clear sign he has to go. I'm sick of hearing the Conservatives bleating on about how for the past 4 years they have frozen Council tax, and fail to mention how they continually cut services. They also have the cheek to call the previous Labour run council for increasing Council Tax by 42% in 3 years. Pot and Kettle come to mind.
Added to this the Conservatives have initiated a Paid for Green Waste Scheme which they claim will save £635,000 a year, yet to date only 8000 households have signed up bringing in just £320,000 against current spending of £1,647,800 (all figures supplied by the council), making the scheme to date cost £543,000 more than last years service, which serviced all households in Swindon, not the 9% it currently services.
Wonderful someone who has the facts and figures .The cost of the service rises by more than 500;00 .while guys drive round to empt odd green bin here and there .and green sacks sitting there get yellow stickers on them .could we just not agree this was a mistake (they do happen )and go to a shorter summer collection of the 4 green sacks .in my opinion this was working well .
[quote][p][bold]Clippies[/bold] wrote: So Tory chairman repeats Milliband's Gaffe on who is the leader of Swindon Council and can't even name him! If David Renard is so memorable to both parties it has to be a clear sign he has to go. I'm sick of hearing the Conservatives bleating on about how for the past 4 years they have frozen Council tax, and fail to mention how they continually cut services. They also have the cheek to call the previous Labour run council for increasing Council Tax by 42% in 3 years. Pot and Kettle come to mind. Added to this the Conservatives have initiated a Paid for Green Waste Scheme which they claim will save £635,000 a year, yet to date only 8000 households have signed up bringing in just £320,000 against current spending of £1,647,800 (all figures supplied by the council), making the scheme to date cost £543,000 more than last years service, which serviced all households in Swindon, not the 9% it currently services.[/p][/quote]Wonderful someone who has the facts and figures .The cost of the service rises by more than 500;00 .while guys drive round to empt odd green bin here and there .and green sacks sitting there get yellow stickers on them .could we just not agree this was a mistake (they do happen )and go to a shorter summer collection of the 4 green sacks .in my opinion this was working well . fuzzey
  • Score: 8

12:13pm Thu 22 May 14

Clippies says...

I've just been to vote in Abbey Meads to discover how the Current Conservative Council wasting yet more of hard earned tax payers money. Both Abbey Meads primary school AND the Community Centre/Church next to the Abbey Meads pub are Both Polling Stations, yet they are just 50 yards apart. Both were totally empty when I voted this morning at 10.00am. Added to this it has caused untold disruption to the hundreds of parents who have had to make alternative and expensive arrangements so 10 people can sit idly by waiting for people to vote!
I've just been to vote in Abbey Meads to discover how the Current Conservative Council wasting yet more of hard earned tax payers money. Both Abbey Meads primary school AND the Community Centre/Church next to the Abbey Meads pub are Both Polling Stations, yet they are just 50 yards apart. Both were totally empty when I voted this morning at 10.00am. Added to this it has caused untold disruption to the hundreds of parents who have had to make alternative and expensive arrangements so 10 people can sit idly by waiting for people to vote! Clippies
  • Score: 6

12:19pm Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...

Wildwestener wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
ChаnnelX wrote:
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
Nice use of my cloned account.
If you've been cloned, I hope you reported it because that was an awfully dodgy post whatever one's politics.
Reported it numerous times, nothing's been done about it - clearly.

Still, the likes of I Too / Blackwell 2 / Still About (all the same person) get away with worse on a regular basis.
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChаnnelX[/bold] wrote: All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding.[/p][/quote]Nice use of my cloned account.[/p][/quote]If you've been cloned, I hope you reported it because that was an awfully dodgy post whatever one's politics.[/p][/quote]Reported it numerous times, nothing's been done about it - clearly. Still, the likes of I Too / Blackwell 2 / Still About (all the same person) get away with worse on a regular basis. ChannelX
  • Score: -4

12:36pm Thu 22 May 14

Clippies says...

ChаnnelX wrote:
All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today.

Outstanding.
Probably the only way Conservatives can win :)
[quote][p][bold]ChаnnelX[/bold] wrote: All you lefties and 'caring' socialists who are thinking of *not* voting Conservative in today's election, please take my advice: stay at home today. Outstanding.[/p][/quote]Probably the only way Conservatives can win :) Clippies
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Thu 22 May 14

house on the hill says...

trolley dolley wrote:
There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know.

The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact.

The second one was just the truth.
Fortunately most people don't give a monkeys as they know they are both arrogant self serving tw4ts!
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know. The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact. The second one was just the truth.[/p][/quote]Fortunately most people don't give a monkeys as they know they are both arrogant self serving tw4ts! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Thu 22 May 14

house on the hill says...

Clippies wrote:
trolley dolley wrote:
There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know.

The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact.

The second one was just the truth.
Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder???
Not sure why so many are so heated about something that will save £635,000 out of a budget of around £200million. If they streamlined the council workers properly and had people who know what they are doing, want to work and understand the responsibility they have to provide us with a value for money service, they could cut around 25% of jobs and save tens of millions! Talking of waste, the biggest area is staff costs and pensions for a very inefficient, out dated, stuck in a rut, no new ideas workforce. Anyone who has worked there and in the private sector will tell you just how bad it really is and if they were in any sort of competitive environment they would have gone bust years ago as others would do the same job better and cheaper
[quote][p][bold]Clippies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know. The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact. The second one was just the truth.[/p][/quote]Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder???[/p][/quote]Not sure why so many are so heated about something that will save £635,000 out of a budget of around £200million. If they streamlined the council workers properly and had people who know what they are doing, want to work and understand the responsibility they have to provide us with a value for money service, they could cut around 25% of jobs and save tens of millions! Talking of waste, the biggest area is staff costs and pensions for a very inefficient, out dated, stuck in a rut, no new ideas workforce. Anyone who has worked there and in the private sector will tell you just how bad it really is and if they were in any sort of competitive environment they would have gone bust years ago as others would do the same job better and cheaper house on the hill
  • Score: 0

1:51pm Thu 22 May 14

Clippies says...

house on the hill wrote:
Clippies wrote:
trolley dolley wrote:
There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know.

The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact.

The second one was just the truth.
Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder???
Not sure why so many are so heated about something that will save £635,000 out of a budget of around £200million. If they streamlined the council workers properly and had people who know what they are doing, want to work and understand the responsibility they have to provide us with a value for money service, they could cut around 25% of jobs and save tens of millions! Talking of waste, the biggest area is staff costs and pensions for a very inefficient, out dated, stuck in a rut, no new ideas workforce. Anyone who has worked there and in the private sector will tell you just how bad it really is and if they were in any sort of competitive environment they would have gone bust years ago as others would do the same job better and cheaper
I used to work for the council and quit in disgust at the amount of money being wasted. I agree with you in that were the council forced in to competition with the private sector they'd be out of business within 6 months.
The earlier point you raised of why people are so heated about the so called expected £635,000 saving is there is no saving at all. Last year it cost £785,000 to collect green waste from all households within Swindon. This year it is costing at least £1,327,800 to collect from just over 8% of households, so in effect it is costing almost £2m more than expected...that's 1% of the annual budget
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clippies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know. The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact. The second one was just the truth.[/p][/quote]Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder???[/p][/quote]Not sure why so many are so heated about something that will save £635,000 out of a budget of around £200million. If they streamlined the council workers properly and had people who know what they are doing, want to work and understand the responsibility they have to provide us with a value for money service, they could cut around 25% of jobs and save tens of millions! Talking of waste, the biggest area is staff costs and pensions for a very inefficient, out dated, stuck in a rut, no new ideas workforce. Anyone who has worked there and in the private sector will tell you just how bad it really is and if they were in any sort of competitive environment they would have gone bust years ago as others would do the same job better and cheaper[/p][/quote]I used to work for the council and quit in disgust at the amount of money being wasted. I agree with you in that were the council forced in to competition with the private sector they'd be out of business within 6 months. The earlier point you raised of why people are so heated about the so called expected £635,000 saving is there is no saving at all. Last year it cost £785,000 to collect green waste from all households within Swindon. This year it is costing at least £1,327,800 to collect from just over 8% of households, so in effect it is costing almost £2m more than expected...that's 1% of the annual budget Clippies
  • Score: 7

2:50pm Thu 22 May 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Clippies wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Clippies wrote:
trolley dolley wrote:
There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know.

The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact.

The second one was just the truth.
Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder???
Not sure why so many are so heated about something that will save £635,000 out of a budget of around £200million. If they streamlined the council workers properly and had people who know what they are doing, want to work and understand the responsibility they have to provide us with a value for money service, they could cut around 25% of jobs and save tens of millions! Talking of waste, the biggest area is staff costs and pensions for a very inefficient, out dated, stuck in a rut, no new ideas workforce. Anyone who has worked there and in the private sector will tell you just how bad it really is and if they were in any sort of competitive environment they would have gone bust years ago as others would do the same job better and cheaper
I used to work for the council and quit in disgust at the amount of money being wasted. I agree with you in that were the council forced in to competition with the private sector they'd be out of business within 6 months.
The earlier point you raised of why people are so heated about the so called expected £635,000 saving is there is no saving at all. Last year it cost £785,000 to collect green waste from all households within Swindon. This year it is costing at least £1,327,800 to collect from just over 8% of households, so in effect it is costing almost £2m more than expected...that's 1% of the annual budget
Yes not that I necessarily disagree with you (I think the whole green waste saga is a vote loser for the current administration) but how much will it cost in the longer term - try to think about multiple years perhaps rather than just thinking about the first year costs...
[quote][p][bold]Clippies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clippies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: There is a vast difference between E Milliband pretending to know something and the Conservative admitting he did not know. The first was a deliberate statement presented as a fact. The second one was just the truth.[/p][/quote]Just as David Renard spoke the truth when he stated; 'The Council will use our existing fleet for the new green waste service so there is no additional cost from the change of service', when asked how much it will cost to supply the vehicles to deal with Green Waste, as none of the old vehicles had the capability of handling the green bin. Later Cllr. Richard Hurley stated; 'As a Council, we have started the process of purchasing new vehicles and bins, so any change will cost the Council Tax payer over £800,000, which is a 1% rise in Council Tax for everyone. According to figures supplied by SBC the new Green Waste service has cost a whopping £1,647,800, yet only brought in £320,000 as only 8000 households have signed up. David Renard and the Council stated the new scheme would SAVE the council £635,000...another truth I wonder???[/p][/quote]Not sure why so many are so heated about something that will save £635,000 out of a budget of around £200million. If they streamlined the council workers properly and had people who know what they are doing, want to work and understand the responsibility they have to provide us with a value for money service, they could cut around 25% of jobs and save tens of millions! Talking of waste, the biggest area is staff costs and pensions for a very inefficient, out dated, stuck in a rut, no new ideas workforce. Anyone who has worked there and in the private sector will tell you just how bad it really is and if they were in any sort of competitive environment they would have gone bust years ago as others would do the same job better and cheaper[/p][/quote]I used to work for the council and quit in disgust at the amount of money being wasted. I agree with you in that were the council forced in to competition with the private sector they'd be out of business within 6 months. The earlier point you raised of why people are so heated about the so called expected £635,000 saving is there is no saving at all. Last year it cost £785,000 to collect green waste from all households within Swindon. This year it is costing at least £1,327,800 to collect from just over 8% of households, so in effect it is costing almost £2m more than expected...that's 1% of the annual budget[/p][/quote]Yes not that I necessarily disagree with you (I think the whole green waste saga is a vote loser for the current administration) but how much will it cost in the longer term - try to think about multiple years perhaps rather than just thinking about the first year costs... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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4:34pm Thu 22 May 14

jayrory says...

ukip for me, looks like poor turnout, so if you don't vote don't moan.
ukip for me, looks like poor turnout, so if you don't vote don't moan. jayrory
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6:57am Tue 3 Jun 14

We're all doomed says...

Just found out I won't be allowed to take a selfie of myself voting. Can't. Be bothered now!
Just found out I won't be allowed to take a selfie of myself voting. Can't. Be bothered now! We're all doomed
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