ON THE 3rd of February 2012, Councillors Blackburn and Coleman of Brunswick put in a ward budget request for the purchase of 1,250 biodegradable poop scoop bags for use around Brunswick ward.
For those unaware, a poop scoop bag is a thin plastic bag, large enough to fit over your hand but usually no larger. You put your hand in it, grab the dog poo, reverse the bag, tie the handles/ties on the top, and bin it.
Blackburn and Coleman paid £810 for these bags, or 64.8 pence per bag. Quite unbelievable and totally outrageous, but Sweet Shop Fred still signed it off.
I don’t know whether the Brunswick duo have dogs – I am guessing not – but I do, and I can tell you that a pack of 60 Bob Martin biodegradable poop scoop bags from Tesco costs £1.19, which works out at 2 pence per bag. You can often pick them up for less in Home Bargains or B&Ms, and there are of course other cheaper brands.
Therefore, had Blackburn or Coleman purchased these from Tesco, the cost for 1,250 would have been £24.79, and would have given them another £785.21 to spend in their ward. Similarly, Blackburn could have asked one of his minions at the Queens Park Residents Association to pop into the Lidl off Laycock Gate and purchase 1,250 of their 3 pence plastic carrier bags for £37.50.
They say the public sector always pays more for everything but this really takes the biscuit.
So why are Simon Blackburn and Gary Coleman paying, per disposable dog poo bag, over three times more than it costs to use a Danfo public toilet and over six times the cost of a Tesco bag for life? Answers on a postcard.