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good use of funds or not?

the badgers get my vote too,
but not the council, I am sure thay could have built a des badger res for much less than 80 000.
 
for a minute i thought you were on about culling the homeless :D
must learn to phrase thing better:)
personally I have nothing against badgers but the thought of someones granny sitting in the cold because she struggled to pay her council tax for things like this angers me:( :(
 
the badgers get my vote too,
but not the council, I am sure thay could have built a des badger res for much less than 80 000.

Typically the headline paragraph says

"A SCOTTISH council with more than 2000 people on its housing waiting list has splashed out £80,000 building a new home for a local family - of badgers."

But if you read on it says

"The council has now spent £80,000 on road repairs and constructing an artificial sett for the badgers - a maze of 300mm- diameter clay pipes leading to a network of chambers made from concrete blocks with plywood and slabbed roofs."

And the badgers get my vote anyway.
 
Well spotted Bill,

I was about to propose that a couple of bails of straw and a JCB and driver for an afternoon probably ran up a bill of 500 quid, with the other 79,500 going on council beuracracy to propose a design, grant planning permission and perform a risk assesment. It's nice to know that the reality isn't half as bad as my cynicism has come to expect.
 
Great idea in theory and the badgers would get my vote for anything they wanted.
Now all we have to do though is wait a few years for the scent of any human presence to pass and hope that one of these fella's is brave enough to venture down a council made pipe.
 
Great idea in theory and the badgers would get my vote for anything they wanted.
Now all we have to do though is wait a few years for the scent of any human presence to pass and hope that one of these fella's is brave enough to venture down a council made pipe.


and then cull the homeless?? or shall we wait and lul them into a false sense of security ;) :D
 
Well spotted Bill,

I was about to propose that a couple of bails of straw and a JCB and driver for an afternoon probably ran up a bill of 500 quid, with the other 79,500 going on council beuracracy to propose a design, grant planning permission and perform a risk assesment. It's nice to know that the reality isn't half as bad as my cynicism has come to expect.

My comment that it could have been done for much less was based on a piccy on Scottish TV that showed the chambers built under the road, needing a design that would support the road surface.

A trench along the road side fillled with reinforcing mesh and stones to keep them away, and a few holes with straw etc elsewhere could have been done for a couple of thousand.

Mind you, with all this rain, under the road might have been the only dry place - they badgers ain't stoopid:D :D
 
the badgers get my vote too,
but not the council, I am sure thay could have built a des badger res for much less than 80 000.

Actually if you read the article properly the £80,000 included the cost of rebuilding/repairing the road. Which probably took the brunt of the expense at least 80% of it I would have thought..
 
Actually if you read the article properly the £80,000 included the cost of rebuilding/repairing the road. Which probably took the brunt of the expense at least 80% of it I would have thought..
The piccy showed blocks and pipes under about half the road, perhaps 10 metres long?
80 000?
 
The piccy showed blocks and pipes under about half the road, perhaps 10 metres long?
80 000?

Actualy Jim I don't think the new sett is under the road at all, but to one side, if you look in the picture, top right hand corner, you can see what appear to be crash barriers. Could be wrong but....
 
Actualy Jim I don't think the new sett is under the road at all, but to one side, if you look in the picture, top right hand corner, you can see what appear to be crash barriers. Could be wrong but....

I think you are right from that photo. (I was sure the pic on the TV showed half the road dug up and pipes under it!)
 
I just can't understand how one workshy, communist, theiving pratt of a reader tried to claim it's Thatcher's fault!:confused:
 
I just can't understand how one workshy, communist, theiving pratt of a reader tried to claim it's Thatcher's fault!:confused:

The above reads almost like something out of the Sun:rolleyes: As when you look, there is little to suggest the person is workshy, communist, or a thieving Pratt:rolleyes: But makes good headlines:rolleyes:
 
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