When the local authorities fail to get to grips with the snow and ice, it seems that people in St. Petersburg get out onto the streets and clear it themselves, whilst wearing masks mocking their governor Valentina Matviyenko.
Let’s hope conditions in Bristol don’t descend to the level of the Siege of Leningrad, or else we’ll all be chopping up panelling in the council chamber for firewood and going on frenzied flesh hunts through the zoo.
Whether we should be doing this whilst wearing Jan Ormondroyd or Babs Janke masks is up for debate.
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Tagged #gritforbristol, #UKsnow, Barbara Janke, Bristol City Council, Jan Ormondroyd, Leningrad, Saint Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Valentina Matviyenko
I got given a copy of the back-from-the-dead Bristolian earlier!
They don’t seem to have a website at the moment, but tentative steps and all that, I’m sure things will be moving along nicely once people know it’s back in business.
This inaugural issue carries stories on:
- the LibDem Council House coup d’état;
- the cancellation of a new primary school in favour of a car park for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club;
- expensive Council jargon;
- Sustrans and the Cycling City money-go-round;
- and (of course!) the good old recession.
They do ask that if you have “any leaks, sleaze, gossip, slander, news, views or anything else your fellow Bristolians should know about” to get in touch – email BristolianNews AT Gmail.com
Look out for it in shops, pubs, market stalls, community centres and newsagents!
In the meantime I’ve scanned & PDFed it so you can download your own full-size A4 printable copy – the pic above is for illustrative purposes only ;)
» Download The Bristolian #1
Posted in Bristol, Bristol Shitty Council, Corruption & Sleaze, Municipally Yours, News Stand, NewsBurst, Tek+Mek+Bleep, Transport, Zines
Tagged Barbara Janke, Billy Bunter, Bristol City Council, Bristol Cycling Campaign, Bristolian, Cycling CIty, Cycling England, Dawn Primarolo, Derek Pickup, Helen Holland, James Purnell, Jan Ormondroyd, John Grimshaw, Jon Rogers, Peter Hammond, Peter Lipman, Prawn Dimarolo, Richard Eddy, Sustrans, The Bristolian
A reorganisation could lead to the loss of up to 450 jobs at Bristol City Council, a spokesman has confirmed.
The authority wants to save £17m annually and has decided 35 of its 52 office buildings are to be sold off.
The council also hopes that as many as three in every 10 of its remaining 16,000 employees will work from home.
Councillor John Bees, in charge of transformation, said he believed the actual redundancy figure would be 100.
He said: “By 2012 the council will look, feel and operate very differently.
“This will be the most radical change to the way the council is organised and operates in over a decade and will make an enormous difference to the lives of everyone in our city.
“Tinkering with the organisation or doing nothing are simply not options.
“We cannot deliver the kind of services that the people of Bristol expect and operate effectively as one council without a real shake up of the way we work and I believe we are now ready to make that change.”
Don’t panic, though – I’m sure none of this ‘transformation’ will involve losing any of our Very Important six-figure salaried ‘strategic directors‘ who are so vital to ensuring we, the people of Bristol, receive such high quality services as in the fields of education, housing and social care.
Posted in Bristol, Bristol Shitty Council, Carpetbaggers & Privatisers, Corruption & Sleaze, Municipally Yours, NewsBurst, Politik
Tagged Annie Hudson, Bristol, Bristol City Council, Chief Executive Jan Ormondroyd, Cllr Helen Holland, Cllr John Bees, Councillor Helen Holland, Councillor John Bees, David Bishop, Heather Tomlinson, Helen Holland, Jan Ormondroyd, job losses, John Bees, not tinkering but drowning, redundancies, sackings, transformation, weasel words