Beuracracy Gone Mad
Posted 08 December 2005 - 08:21 AM
HI EVERYONE, WITH THE THOUGHTS OF ALL THOSE TREES ABOUT TO BE FELLED FOR CHRISTMAS I REMEMBERED AN "INCIDENT" IN ENGLAND.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE - HOPE IT MAKES YOU ALL SMILE.
WE DECIDED TO RE-MODEL OUR GARDEN, IT WAS BORDERED ON THREE SIDES BY HUGE LEYLANDII CONIFERS WHICH MADE IT VERY DARK AND DIFFICULT FOR PLANTS TO GROW.
AFTER MUCH CAJOULING I FINALLY GOT PAUL TO SAW TWO OF THE THREE SIDES OF TREES DOWN, AND WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE
THE PROBLEM NOW WAS DISPOSING OF ABOUT THIRTY TEN FOOT HIGH TREES.
LIKE A GOOD CITIZEN I PHONED THE LOCAL COUNCIL TO ASK IF THERE WAS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR THIS TYPE OF WASTE OR DO WE JUST TAKE IT TO THE NORMAL TIP.
THE ANSWER WAS JUST THE NORMAL TIP, BUT TO GET A LORRY IN THEY WOULD NEED DETAILS OF THE VEHICULE AND WHEN WE PLANNED TO GO - NO PROBLEM SO FAR.
AND OF COURSE WE WOULD NEED THE CERTIFICATE FROM THE "STUMP INSPECTOR"!!!!!!!
NO IT WASN'T APRIL 1st, AND THEY WEREN'T JOKING, WE HAD TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE STUMP INSPECTOR TO COME AND INSPECT OUR STUMPS
AS YOU CAN IMAGINE WHEN I TOLD PAUL HE TOOK SOME CONVINCING THAT IT WAS TRUE.
THE DAY ARRIVED AND OUR STUMP INSPECTOR DULY KNOCKED ON OUR DOOR. SHE SEEMED A LITTLE DIM BECAUSE HER FIRST QUESTION WAS "HAVE YOU RECENTLY CUT SOME TREES DOWN".
CONSIDERING SHE HAD JUST WALKED PAST OUR THIRTY OR SO TREES LAYING ON THE DRIVE IT WAS A BAD START.
PAUL DID ASK IF SHE THOUGHT WE ALWAYS PARK TREES ON THE DRIVE - BUT SHE ALSO SUFFERED FROM A SEVERE LACK OF HUMOUR!!!!
IT WENT FROM BAD TO WORSE - SHE SAID THEY COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONES TREES - AND PAUL SAID "NOT ON MY DRIVE"!!!!!!!
SHE GOT HER TAPE OUT AND DULY MEASURED THE CUT ENDS OF THE TREES, THEN WE WENT INTO THE GARDEN WHERE SHE COUNTED THE STUMPS AND YES, MEASURED THEM TO BE SURE THAT THE TREES REALLY WERE OURS.
THERE WAS NO FURTHER CONVERSATION - BUT WE GOT OUR CERTIFICATE AND THANKFULLY GOT RID OF THE TREES
STILL THINKING ABOUT THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS PAUL SAID THAT WHAT MADE IT WORSE WAS THAT THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO SHRED THE TREES AND IF WE WANTED WE COULD BUY THE CHIPPINGS BACK.
WELL THAT'S MY FUNNY STORY OF BEURACRACY THERE MUST BE LOTS MORE OUT THERE [/COLOR]
Posted 08 December 2005 - 02:08 PM
HI CAROLINE..... THAT IS JUST SO FUNNY
ENGLISH BEURACRACY GONE MAD
Posted 15 December 2005 - 06:43 PM
(New owners of the shop),
Beurocracy gone mad you say,
Well this they now should stop!
The Council here does not a thing,
(We have to go to Court),
The tension here is pretty high
And I am very fraught!
Yes Beurocracy in England
Is something you should try!
I'm smoking, choking, hookah smoke,
And here's the reason why!
They're mad, they're sad, these bubble pipes
And full of ghastly things,
I've never smoked a cigarette
But this is changing things!
I hate the smell, I loathe the stuff,
With every breath I take.
Beurocracy in England?
Well this one takes the cake!
Edited by Jacqueline, 16 December 2005 - 02:14 AM.
Posted 15 December 2005 - 11:04 PM
I do sympathize with your frustration against a system in which you are made to feel powerless.
Keep the faith
Posted 16 December 2005 - 04:48 PM
That's just bleeding typical of what goes on over here on a daily basis!! You have no idea of what our council's are like!! You can't even touch a tree without asking permission and getting a certificate first (even though it's on your land!)!!
On the application, you have to identify the tree, draw it in relation to the land and buildings, and say what part of it you intend to cut.
If you chop one down without permission, there is a $5000.00 for every one!! (And you aren't really allowed to do it yourself either - you have to get in the tree specialist) (and believe me, neighbours dob you in!!)
(We are talking Sydney, I don't know about other areas) Oh the joy of living in a tree-hugging land!! (no offence intended to greenies)
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