Government officials have been forced to admit that they have lost more than 20,000 cows.
Officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) admitted in Parliamentary questions that 20,979 of the animals had been mislaid. The livestock should have been logged on Defra's Cattle Tracing System, devised to protect public and animal health after the BSE and foot and mouth epidemics. However the cattle have disappeared from the system, while another 1,039 are believed to have been loaded onto cattle trucks and never heard of again. Jonathan Shaw, Defra minister, was forced to admit the embarrassing blunder in response to a Parliamentary question. Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Environment secretary, said he was astonished at the loss. "Laptops, data, and now cows, is there anything this Government can not misplace?" he told the Daily Star. "Defra's performance would do credit to Little Bo Peep."
PS. Jonathan Shaw has been reshuffled and is no longer Defra minister.
Tracey Crouch, the Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman, went along this morning to Christ the King to have a cup of tea. As I put on the Blog the other day the church was raising money for SSAFA which is the charity for our service men and their families. It was lovely to see a really good turn out.
Tracey spoke to a few people from the church who informed her about some of the projects they are working on. I will try to let you know more about those another day.
Here are the latest barriers to be installed in our fight against the motorbikes and mini motorbikes across Princes Park. These have been installed in the alleyway at the rear of Highgrove Road which is a common cut through for the motorbike menaces from Princes Avenue to Walderslade Road. There are some more older barriers placed at certain points along the alleyway due to the length of the pathway. The problem with Princes Park is the amount of alley paths cutting across the ward, however we are tackling the problem head on and we and other people have noticed it being significantly quieter from the motorbike pests. Hopefully they will start to get the message and stop acting anti socially and dangerous towards pedestrians who use these paths often.. . posted by matt bright.
This morning had a run round Princes Park. The idea was to clean up the graffiti on some of the street signs. While I was cleaning the signs my poor long suffering husband thought he would use the time to do some litter picking. Even though there are still some very bad areas we were really pleasantly surprised some areas have improved. So a big thank you to those unsung hero's who have been doing their own clean ups. I know you will probably not get any personal thanks but it is appreciated and Princes Park is looking better for it.
This Saturday coming 11th October our local Princes Park church Christ our King is running their usual morning tea morning. This time though it is special it is in aid of SSAFA, that is the charity that looks after are armed forces and their families. It is a very good cause so I hope to see you all there.
If you wander why some weeks I do not do a lot on the blog this picture may explain it. But joking aside I cannot always come up with local news so please if there is a news item from Princes Park or something that may interest the residents please let Matt or I have it and we will try and run it.
At the councillor’s surgery, yesterday, a gentleman came in about the safety barriers outside Morrisons. Brian, our Safety Community Officer was able to let him know that they had been reported and would be replaced. The mystery is we know about one barrier that was damaged, as there was a collision with a car. But it is the safety barriers around the pedestrian island coming out of Morrisons car park. That is a puzzle. If a car had hit it would still be there and those barriers are bit on the tough side for your average vandal. So detectives what are your views? Did you see it happen?
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