Reader Letter: I have one way to save the council’s cash

PUBLISHED: 13:49 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 01 April 2018

Cliff Jordan. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

Cliff Jordan. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

Norfolk Conservatives

What do you think of Mr Hipperson’s idea to save money?

Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan saying Norfolk’s MPs “cost Norfolk people a lot of money” is a joke when he really needs to put his own house in order and try to save the council and taxpayers’ money.

For example this simple task has probably cost the council hundreds of pounds when it could have been resolved so much more efficiently.

Last year, around harvest time, I noticed a red marker on one of our trees beside the Wymondham Road.

Then last week three identical special delivery letters arrived at my house from Norfolk County Council, each costing £6.20, informing me that I had a dead ash tree that “poses a danger to highway users” and if I didn’t remove it in a certain time frame the council would do it and charge the cost to me.

It took me, and a teleporter, a couple of minutes to remove said tree, job done (even though the tree had survived the Beast from the East perfectly well!)

What annoys me is why did nobody just knock on my door to speak to me at the time they assessed and marked the tree?

What is the full cost of this to the council — someone to assess the tree, someone to mark it, someone to identify it and mark it on a map, a legal officer to write the letters, someone to type it all up and compile a list of accredited tree surgeons and then the postage on top (three times)?

And how many other landowners have had similar letters sent to them when a simple knock on the door would have saved a lot of time and money?

Mr Jordan, I would ask that you spend less time criticising our MPs and working out how to spend your latest pay rise and more time looking after the county’s pennies.

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