The shit has really hit the van for Birmingham City Council’s Tory Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transportation and Street Services, Councillor Len Gregory.
Councillor Len Gregory, you see, is the Cabinet Member with responsibility for ensuring the council’s bins are emptied every week. Last week, in a bitter dispute about the way the Tory/Lib Dem coalition have completely mishandled negotiations over Single Status, the majority of Birmingham’s refuse collectors, together with thousands of other workers, went on strike for two days.
All across the City a trail of black bags began to build up (see the picture, left) including in the Kings Heath Ward where our Len resides. The rubbish that built up remained there until after the weekend… and residents were getting pretty ratty about it too.
All except the residents of Hollie Lucas Road, in Kings Heath, and the road that leads directly on to it, Chesterwood Road. Mysteriously, they managed to get their bins taken away on the Thursday, right in the middle of the strike!
Go on, you’ve guessed it… who lives at No.17, Hollie Lucas Road? Yes, none other than our old friend with responsibility for emptying the bins, Councillor Len Gregory!
If you lived in the immediate surrounding area, Cantlow Close, Ardencroft Road, Wheelers Lane, Wroxall Grove and Chamberlain Road, you would still have been looking for a refuse collector on Saturday morning whilst the rubbish mounted on the pavement. But Hollie Lucas Road… things were looking decidedly spotless (see the picture, left).
A City Council spokesperson said… “It was a complete coincidence that Councillor Gregory’s Road was done and the others in the vicinity were missed out.”
As one angry resident living in nearby Wheelers Lane told the Birmingham Evening Mail…
“It’s an absolute disgrace. That road is definitely part of the Thursday round, like the rest of us but, as you can see, there is rubbish all over the place for us and none for him.”
Perhaps the voters in the Billesley Ward in Birmingham would like to send a message to Councillor Gregory on Thursday telling him how much they believe in coincidence.