It is looking increasingly as if Somerton as a whole, as well as the taxpayers within the influence of Somerset County Council, owe a debt of gratitude to the residents at Badgers Cross. How so, you might ask? Well, as the draconian cuts currently being implemented by the ideologues at County Hall are rolled out, we see that Household Waste Recycling Centres are being closed. Somerset Waste Partnership's plans have been dramatically scaled back and, thankfully, the Badgers Cross project didn't get to the contract stage.
It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Teflon, ably assisted by the alluring Pauline, had managed to push the project through Planning. I'm sure that there would have been an indecent rush to sign SWP up to some sort of unburstable contract which would, most probably, have included compensation should the project not proceed.
The clock would then have moved forward to November 2010, the drastic cuts would be implemented at County Hall, and Teflon would have walked away with a taxpayer funded payoff when Somerset Waste Partnership were forced to pull out of the deal. Talk about a close shave.
All hail the Badgers Cross residents who saved the taxpayer a bundle.
Till next time, I'm still Niall Connolly