Monday, 24 February 2014

Tomayto, Tomahto…

…sandbag, floodsack. Let’s call the whole thing off:
Cllr Ray Nottage’s blog post on Sunday night praised council officers for their clean-up efforts in the borough over the weekend but said “...not a journalist from our ‘high quality newspaper’ in sight. Too many good news stories I suspect!”
After responses from residents online saying his remark was “undeserved” and praising the comprehensive coverage, Cllr Nottage responded saying after all the work the council had done to inform and protect residents’ property, “I think it irresponsible to trivialise the work of council, the members and officers by the level of reporting displayed through the crisis.”
It seems what sparked Cllr Nottage’s anger was a report that – like many councils before the media got wind of it, and forced them to change their policy pretty quickly – Christchurch Council was ‘charging for sandbags’:
The Daily Echo exclusively reported last week that Christchurch council was refusing to provide flood-hit residents of Conifer Close with free sandbags or plastic sheeting. Residents say they requested sandbags from the council but were told they would have to purchase floodsacks at £30 for a pack of four.
Floodsacks, see. Not sandbags. Got that?
Responding to a comment on his blog, Cllr Nottage said of the Echo’s report: “To interpret that as ....charging for SANDBAGS.......is irresponsible as well as being inaccurate…"
Err...
When contacted by the Daily Echo, Cllr Nottage said he was “furious” about the coverage of the sandbag situation, saying the council did not charge for sandbags but had been charging £30 for four floodsacks. He said the floodsacks were “innovations” launched two or three years ago and that up until last week, Christchurch council did not sell or hold sandbags but changed its policy on Thursday due to the severity of the impending storm.
“I thought you might have done a bit of journalistic research to establish the true nature of the situation”, he said. He added: “You published inaccurate information which I think pulled the council into disrepute.”
Riiiight...

4 comments:

Rightwinggit said...

Flood sacks...Amazon (ironic)

much cheapness.

There is a councillor who just got fired from a bank for being an arsehole...it seems it is endemic.

OT, has anyone noticed it is difficult getting on guidos site? he seems to be blocking user names....

selsey.steve said...

"Alas, poor flooded-out person, sandbags (each containing 2.5kg of sand) have I none, but, Lo! Here I have many floodsacks (each containing 2.5kg of sand) for the much-reduced price of but Thirty of Her Majesty's Pounds Sterling! for each load of four! 'Tis a bargain, Sirrah"

Nottage is a lying, profiteering cnut.

Rightwinggit said...

Floodsacks don't use sand, they use a hygroscopic polymer that reacts with water.

JuliaM said...

"OT, has anyone noticed it is difficult getting on guidos site?"

Not been there much, other than to read (and hardly ever post).

"Floodsacks don't use sand, they use a hygroscopic polymer that reacts with water."

If that dirty brown stuff that was flowing through Kennington last night can be called 'water'...