|Town Hall Luddites|
Doctor Taylor is a local resident. He has had a distinguished career in industry and in politics. He has been a GLC member and an adviser to Lady Thatcher. His skilful lobbying(West London Residents Association) led Boris to abandon congestion charging in the Borough. 'Boys' Moylan loathes him:that, in itself, is the very best of reasons to listen to him.
It has probably escaped the notice or interest of the recipient of this letter, Pooter Cockell, that local business is in dire straits. But why would it excite his interest? Cllr Cockell has never had to rely on business for his £3,000 a week taxpayer funded allowance, so is immune from the cold realities of business survival.
This excellent letter from Doctor Taylor should be a wake up call. And by the way, Cllr Cockell....common civility demands that you answer correspondence from residents. The Dame has had several reports of you failing to extend this courtesy to those who pay your over generous allowance. Ensure you answer this one please.....
Leader of the Council
Dear Merrick ,
City Am reports that the Council has turned down BT’s proposals for the rolling out of superfast broadand across the borough. As you are well aware superfast broadband connection is as important to future business development as some of the other utilities ie electricity, water, gas and telephone. The lack of this high speed broadband will seriously hamper business development. The Council apparently turned down the BT proposals on the basis that you want to reduce street clutter and preserve the streetscape. As there are already hundreds of discreet telephone cabinets in the borough the further 108 cabinets of the BT proposal could surely be accommodated. The Council itself has vandalized our historic streetscape by removing the perfectly sound Victorian type black street lamp standards along our main thoroughfares replacing them with modern silver standards more appropriate to Basildon New Town. Stainless steel bike stands have mushroomed on main roads. Much of the new hugely expensive Exhibition Rd is badly cluttered with residents parked cars, bicycle racks and benches. Some 31 of the 33 London boroughs are reportedly well on the way to being connected by BT to superfast broadband. As these other boroughs are apparently happy with the location and design of the BT cabinets it would be helpful of you would revisit this problem and either accommodate BT or urgently bring in another supplier so that that borough is not left technologically marooned in the 20th century.