Monday, 1 June 2009
Hitting the Ground Running: It's Not Just The Big Things...
Georg Braun, your local Nonsuch council candidate, has hit the ground running. After literally five minutes on the campaign trail Georg found three heavily blocked drains.
He has now called them in to the Council for urgent attention. The gullies had clearly been neglected by Sutton Council for quite some time because they absolutely full of plant growth and soil.
This is not the first time that the Lib Dem-run Council has found itself in hot water over blocked drains. The Council only employs one 'gully-sucker' truck to for the maintenance of over 23,000 drains in the London Borough of Sutton. This means that the sole gully-sucker will have to clean 63.01 drains per day, which is 1 drain every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week just to keep drains and gullies fit for purpose.
Georg has seen firsthand that in heavy rainfall blocked gullies can cause serious damage to businesses and resident property. This happened in July 2007 when hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage to residential and business property was incurred during flash floods worsened by blocked drains.
Georg is campaigning for positive action to be taken so that this fundamental basic council service meets the standards which residents expect and deserve. It's not just the big things that matter in local politics, it's the small things too. After all, this is what we pay our council tax for.