Two or three years ago, local campaigner Paul Janik took photographs of the shocking state of some Slough Council houses in a Britwell street.
Paul Janik photographed:-
In April this year, Mr Janik walked pass the road and saw the repairs had not been done.
Mr Janik returned the next day and photographed the evidence.
A piece of thin cardboard used to replace the glass panel at the bottom of the front door. The glass was broken and replaced by thin cardboard when the previous tenant lived in the house more than 2 years ago.
Lazy, slovenly and incompetent Slough Borough Council had moved a new tenant into the house but did not care about the state of the council home.
Paul Janik told the Slough Times:-
This is shameful neglect.
Optimistically hoping the council's top official, the £186,000 a year chief executive Ruth Bagley O.B.E., could shake-up the council's housing department and order the repairs to be done, Mr Janik emailed the council.
To: Ruth Bagley (Chief Executive)
Copy: Neil Aves (Assistant Director of Housing)
Date: Thursday, 21 April 2011
Dear Mrs Bagley,
Neither council boss Ruth Bagley or the Head of Housing Neil Aves replied. Instead one of Ruth Bagley's junior clerks emailed:-
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Public Protection and Housing services teams have
been requested to investigate and confirm what actions maybe required.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Public Protection are dealing with a couple of cases concerning
premises on ........ For clarity, can you please elaborate on your concerns.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Housing Service are fully aware of the problems at .......
They have consulted with tenants and will be pursuing a number of maintenance
issues and working with other agencies and the tenants to improve the area.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Housing Services are continuing pursuing a range of actions as
explained in the response of 27th April.
Walking pass the end of the road on 27 October, Mr Janik was surprised to see the familiar flimsy cardboard attached with silver coloured Elephant Tape to the door frame of the council home.
Returning next day, Paul Janik photographed the results of 6 months hard-work by Slough Borough Council.
This picture shows the inside of the front door with the thin cardboad.
invisiblegraffiti outside the kitchen window.
The responsible executive councillors are:-
The Slough Times is not impressed by the council's efforts or by Ruth Bagley's silence on matters of importance to the public she is purported to serve
Housing repairs and maintenance is not complicated work. It is a routine task that many can do.
How can council staff not see these things ? Are they blind or incompetent ?
Council chief executive Ruth Bagley was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the British Empire) medal by the Labour government for unspecified 'services to local government' in Devon. Disappointingly Slough folk have yet to notice any improvements since Mrs Bagley's arrival 4.1/2 years ago.
Labour are paying the council's chief excutive £186,000 a year. That is more than the Prime Minister receives. The Slough Times questions whether the public are getting 'any value for their council tax money'.