It’s a cheap shot, I’m sorry, but it’s good to see that “Chartlon” Conservative “action team” has sprung into action by… calling the council!
In my previous article about graffiti in Charlton I wrote about some incidences of vandalism in Lansdowne Road [sic]. Since writing, the Charlton Action Team, who alerted Cleansweep to the problem, managed to have the following piece of graffiti removed.
So, in fact… isn’t that a tick in the box for the Labour-controlled authority, which cleaned the stuff off, and not the Conservative “action team”? Maybe I’m wrong, maybe they e-mailed the council rather than telephoned (unlikely, as Greenwich Council’s Cleansweep service takes ages to acknowledge its e-mails and doesn’t get back to you when the job’s done.) But in any case, I’m delighted the Conservative “action team” has leapt into action by, um, calling the council. Just like I’ve been doing, and just like nearby bin blog king Charlton Average have been doing for months, with mixed success. It’s easy to get a bit of graffiti cleaned – but it’s harder to change a culture of “we know best” at a council which happily leaves my street looking like a tip every Monday, can’t be arsed to clean the streets properly and tries its best to avoid listening to anything its residents have to say. Indeed, if the “action team” wanted to do some good, they’d give out Cleansweep’s number and maybe tell us about the service they got.
I know that good can only come out of the small things, but if the “action team” are serious in their desire to do something to help clean up Charlton – and to play a proper part in the serious debate we need to have about this stubborn and complacent local council – they’ll have to do a lot better than that.