Saturday, 15 August 2015

83 Year Old Lady Fined For Having Her Dog in A Playground

This story emerged on Friday this week. It concerns a lady of 83 walking her dog around a park, getting short of breath and needing to sit down for a rest. A dog warden, employed by, and enforcing rules laid down by Central Bedfordshire Council, saw her, apparently told her she could sit there for 5 minutes but nevertheless slapped her with a £50 fine, and if not paid in so many days time, the fine escalates to £80.

The park in question is in French's Avenue, Dunstable. It's a playing field with one goalpost strategically set so that 2 kick arounds can go either side simultaneously. A cinder track goes around the grass, and 5 adult play features are scattered around it to encourage people to exercise. In one corner of the playing field is a children's play area that has railing all around it. The playing field has no seats in it, although there is a backless bench and a bench with a back inside the children's play area.

Cllr Budge Wells was asked to speak on behalf of the Council on the JVS show.
Listen Again to the show from 1:04

Well, clearly the dog should have been tied up on the railings OUTSIDE the play area before the lady went to sit down INSIDE the play area. But at some times ones health is the most pressing need. And the need to rest was clearly uppermost in her mind. The dog warden ought to have had more consideration for the lady's welfare. She's hardly going to be a out and out trouble maker at her age, that needs to be told to toe the line.The correct approach should have been for the dog warden to take the dog out, tie it up outside while the lady rested. And then remind her of the signs when she left.

2. People need to write in to Dunstable Town Council and request that a seat or seats are placed around the cinder track. Judging by the amount of new housing in the immediate area, there should be a little bit of S106 money in a pot somewhere.  Here's the email address:

3. For the stress the lady has been put to, she should be treated to a dinner out, or at least a bunch of flowers.

17/8/2015 UPDATEFINE CANCELLED: and skip to 2:30
18/8/2015 UPDATE: I have received an email from Dunstable Town Council that states, "Alan,
Thank you for your email to David Ashlee ... I can confirm that the Town Council will be placing benches in the Frenchs Avenue Public Open Space  as part of a wider initiative to renew and replace park furniture across a number of sites in the coming months." Grounds and Environmental Services, Dunstable Town Council

Monday, 3 August 2015

Hey! Buzz Off Pesticides Companies! We Need the Bees!

Wow. Bayer, BASF and Syngenta are suing the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world. A huge public push won this landmark ban only months ago -- and we can't sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.

Last summer, 37 million bees were discovered dead on a single Canadian farm. And unless we act now, the bees will keep dying by the millions. We have to show Bayer now that we won't tolerate it putting its profits ahead of our planet's health. If this giant corporation manages to bully Europe into submission, it would spell disaster for the bees.

Please join me in signing the petition to tell Bayer, BASF and Syngenta to drop their bee-killing lawsuits now.

Thank you.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Local Councils Out-Priced for Home Rentals By London Councils

Isn't it ridiculous? Council's in London can afford higher rentals to house their homeless families in Luton, thereby pricing Luton out of the local market, and forcing Luton to send their homeless people further north.

There's a hint there, for Luton people who think they might be homeless soon. Make a good case to the London Councils of why you're actually homeless in London. Then, they might just send you to Luton!

 Labour and other successive governments should have built more houses.

You don't have to be sleeping rough to be homeless. You are homeless if you don't have any rights to stay where you live or your home is unsuitable for you. Anyone expecting to be made homeless should make arrangements, fast. Best place I konow of to start looking for advice is at Shelter.

Saturday, 1 August 2015


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