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Green light to shaft council employees

Last month Mr Monkey exclusively revealed that council staff were set to pay for parking CLICK HERE.

It’s now been confirmed that staff who are being transferred to Wouldhave House will have to pay for parking and they’re not happy about the prospect of having to pay for parking like the rest of us because they’ve got away with it for so long.

Angry staff claim they’re worried about car security and the possible negative impact of hundreds of staff trying to find spaces in the town centre, where parking is extremely limited, possibly forcing staff to use public transport while carrying out official duties.

Mr Monkey has no sympathy with any of them and here’s why:

  • the borough’s car parks are amongst the safest in the country – that’s what councillor Clare the lead member with responsibility for car park claims.
  • for years, the car parks have been labelled safe for the rest of us, so why the sudden concern? 
  • car parks are regularly patrolled up until 11pm by the council’s enforcement contractor, Apcoa.
  • what about all the empty spaces at the Customs House, Mill Dam and Mile End Rd car parks. The old Asda car park will also be open to the public.
  • what’s wrong with using public transport, tens of thousands of people across the region rely on it everyday.
  • ever thought of using pool cars for official duties?

Mr Monkey reckons that council staff have come up with some pretty shit excuses when it’s clear that all they’re really bothered about is the cost.

Perhaps staff should use some of the savings from thier new BT broadband package to pay for thier parking. Apparently council staff transferring to BT will get broadband for just £1 a month.

Mr Monkey would like to leave the last word to the Patron Slut of Sailors who said, “”I’m absolutely mystified as to where these council workers are going to park”.

Perhaps she and her stupid colleagues in the Labour party should have thought about this before signing on the dotted line and giving BT the green light to shaft council employees.


EXCLUSIVE: Another Head of Department Leaves

EXCLUSIVE: Seems executive officers of South Tyneside Council have seen the writing on the wall and jumping ship whilst they still can. 

Yesterday Mr Monkey brought readers news about why The Head of Adult Services, Caroline Thomas was forced to go unexpectedly left by ‘mutual consent’ – although her union says something different – and joined the ever growing list of officers who appear to want nothing more to do with South Tyneside Council.

Mr Monkey can now reveal that another Head of Service is set to escape Irene’s clutches leave. Peter Fanning who is Head of Organisational Development and People has agreed to an early retirement package and will leave the authority shortly.

Mr Fanning was heavily involved in the BT Strategic Partnership which resulted in a significant number of council employees being ‘transferred’ to BT in October. This included most of his team and Mr Monkey can’t help wondering why he did’nt join them.

Given South Tyneside Council’s track record, it wouldn’t surprise Mr Monkey if some kind of deal wasn’t put in place before the BT Strategic Partnership went live which meant that Mr Fanning would not be transferred (to reduce costs) but would effectively be paid off. This would leave him free to join BT or Tech Mahindra on a part time or even consultancy basis ..  this way he gets 2 bites of the cherry.