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Sheffield City Council’s Priorities

December 19, 2014

By Paul Homewood  





From the local rag:




Could this be the same Sheffield City Council, who last year admitted that they were employing ten Climate Change Officers at a cost of over £500,000 pa?

  1. December 19, 2014 4:58 pm

    Anyone who spends even a penny in support of Climate Change ought to be terminated immediately, for cause. The cause is that they’re fools and thus unable to make sound decisions!

  2. Paul permalink
    December 19, 2014 5:04 pm

    And a merry Christmas to you sir.

    Yours was one of the first blogs I turned to in the morning this year.

    £50,000 per officer. I would be interested in seeing the qualifications required for these posts.

  3. Retired Dave permalink
    December 19, 2014 5:11 pm

    Yes Paul, but what you don’t take into consideration is that when those Climate Change Officers have done their work, driving a car will be banned.

    See job done.

    sorry /sarc off

    Seriously though the possible loss of life through not gritting is ignored and when Climate Science says temperatures will rise and children will not know what snows is, who needs ploughs and gritters. The decision was probably informed by a Climate Change Officer who hasn’t heard that the Climate Scamers story has changed again (and again).

    The thing is when someone dies they will blame the lack of gritting on government cuts.

    Have any concerned citizens made their feelings felt Paul?

  4. R2Dtoo permalink
    December 19, 2014 5:21 pm

    Much easier to adapt than mitigate- and cheaper too.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    December 19, 2014 5:38 pm

    Do you know what these folks do? What is accomplished?
    Many years ago my employer asked for a log of our activities each 15 minutes. For some this is an easy task. For others, doing many different things, just keeping the log going is disruptive. I don’t wish it on anyone.
    A friend became an open-burning (think of a steel oil barrel with stuff burning in it under a road crossing with 5 to a dozen ne’er-do-wells trying to keep warm) compliance officer for a county. He could do very little except tell them they were breaking the law. He and colleagues would have to invite a police escort, at times, just to feel safe while doing the telling. No burn barrels were ever put out of service for then those keeping warm under the bridge would have to have been cared for by other social service agencies, housed, fed, and so on.

    So, an employee can seem to be quite busy while accomplishing almost nothing. Meanwhile, a very effective employee can be doing quite a bit – switching tasks repeatedly and doing many different things over a short time. Such a person can be helping many others do their jobs. This may not have the coolness factor of saving the planet but it is how real people get things done.

    • December 19, 2014 6:57 pm

      I suspect the least busy ones are those who can fill in the longest list of what they do!

      I was told that two are “Publicity Officers”!!

    • December 19, 2014 8:36 pm

      I once worked for a Sales Manager who demanded detailed ‘activity reports’.

      He took offence that each one of mine ended “Spent 1/2 hr logging & reporting unproductive activities’. Fortunately, he didn’t last long.

      • December 19, 2014 8:38 pm

        Or even “Spent unproductive 1/2 hr logging & reporting activities.”

  6. catweazle666 permalink
    December 19, 2014 6:20 pm

    The climate change officers doubtless ruled that not only was snow a thing of the past, but frost was too.

    About ten years ago our local council sold all its snow ploughs and gritters for scrap and the premises that housed them plus the land where the grit was stored for development – all at a knock-down price, doubtless someone got a nice backhander – all because of a government edict that snow and low temperatures would become so infrequent that central government was no longer subsidising them. They also dismissed all the staff who knew how to operate them, mainly because the council was revamping its bureaucracy and all staff were supposed to operate computers in the cabs of the vehicles – the usual dog’s dinner of inappropriate, unusable overpriced rubbish, more backhanders there, no doubt.

    We then had two or three relatively mild winters, so there were no serious problems. But then winter returned with a vengeance, they were obliged to buy new tackle they couldn’t operate and after writing off two of the new machines the first time it snowed they had to go cap in hand to the staff they had dismissed and pay them to return.

    All in all a highly expensive fiasco, all a result of believing advice from the Government courtesy of the Met Office.

    I am told that our council was by no means the only one to be forced into that error of judgement, Heaven alone knows how much it cost the council tax payers.

    • saveenergy permalink
      December 19, 2014 11:09 pm

      We should be collating all this kind of info & publishing it; you know like wot the MSM journalists should be doing.

      This green dream is turning into an even more expensive nightmare !!

  7. December 20, 2014 5:11 pm

    do one thing at a time, giving your 100% attention to the thing you are doing

  8. Kon Dealer permalink
    December 21, 2014 4:35 pm


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