Open letter re HS2 to the Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council


The Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council was spouting on the radio last week ( – around 38:45 mins in) about HS2 and its impact upon Rotherham and Doncaster areas, but given how SCC will not cough up info as requested, I’ve … Continue reading

Firsby Reservoir – Concerns

This fresh in from Rob Foulds, latest first:

Dear Sirs

I submitted the information request below ten days ago and have not received an acknowledgement.

Can you please confirm by return, that you will be providing the information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and within the time allocated by the Act.

Yours faithfully

Robert Foulds

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Rob Foulds
Date: 8 January 2013 13:44
Subject: Firsby Reservoir – Freedom of Information Act

Dear Sirs

The text quoted below is contained within a report, 15th Oct 2012, to Cabinet member and Advisers for Regeneration and Development – see this link

“Firsby Reservoir has been under special observation since concerns over the dam’s integrity were raised earlier this year in the section 10 inspection. On Monday 8th
October subsidence was found in the dam crest.”

Under The Freedom of Information Act, could you please arrange to forward a copy of the report which ensued from the aforementioned “section 10 inspection”

Please arrange to send the information by email.

Yours faithfully

Robert Foulds

Waste Collection – No Service? Some Progress!

Rob Foulds gets a response, some progress?:

From: Streetpride <>
Date: 17 December 2012 11:03
Subject: RE: Failure to fulfil corporate duties
To: Rob Foulds

Good Morning,

I have forwarded your email to the recycling team. But I have logged your missed green bin collection and if you can please leave your bin on footpath for the crew and they will try and return either today or tomorrow. However if you are struggling to leave the bin back out on the footpath you can leave it on you property but please leave it accessible and visible and the crew will come back and empty it from your property.

If you require further assistance or information relating to these enquiries, please quote the following enquiry numbers: missed collection: 1-342552982 and recycling team: 1-342557411.

Kind Regards


Customer Services Team
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Tel: 01709 336003

Waste Collection – No Service?

Dear Councillor Ellis

I have in my possession a document entitled ‘Waste Collection Calendar 2012/13’ as provided by Rotherham MBC

On that document are contact details relating to the service that RMBC purports to render, one of those contact details is “Email:”.

On Fri 14th December, Rotherham MBC failed to fulfil its duty as promised in the document referred to above, as such I used the contact arrangement provided i.e. the email address previously quoted. I prefer to use email when contacting Rotherham MBC because it is an untrustworthy outfit and it is not possible to have any confidence in a telephone call being either properly logged or indeed acted upon.

Having submitted my email, as can be found at the foot of this one, I received a non-referenced copy-and-paste fob-em-off email from a nameless person advising me that I should report missed collections via the telephone number provided.

In that regard, could you arrange to enquire why and when this procedure was adopted, why a resident should be additionally inconvenienced and put to unnecessary expense after having used the arrangement provided, who instigated the procedure, and what facilities are provided for people who are speech impeded and thereby unable to use a telephone.

Also, would you kindly pass on to the appropriate department that they failed to empty my green bin last Friday and that they can arrange to collect its contents during the week commencing 17th Dec.

Yours sincerely

Robert Foulds

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: recycling <>
Date: 15 December 2012 13:33
Subject: Thank you for contacting the Recycling Helpline
To: Rob Foulds

Thank you for contacting the Recycling Helpline. If required you will
receive a reply within 10 working days. Please report any missed
collections to the Streetpride Helpline 01709 336003 and not through
this email link.


Waste Management

Dear Sirs

Could you please advise why my green bin was not collected, 14th Dec.

This bin was actually placed in the usual collection position on the night of the 13th and during the day of the 14th, 2no. collection wagons were observed to attend – one of which collected the blue box and the newspapers.

I look forward to a response by return.

Yours faithfully

Robert Foulds
cc Cllr Ellis

The sewer that does not exist?

When a private company has the apparently untrammelled powers on display, in the David vs Goliath struggle that is developing in Bramley, it behoves it to make sure it is in full possession of the facts before exercising it’s draconian powers!

Rotherham Politics previously brought you, Bramley Parish Council vs Severn Trent Water Ltd.

Severn Trent is blissfully unaware of a viable alternative to their wanton destruction, or are they?

We bring you photographic evidence confirming that they do know! Click on image to enlarge, use your browsers back button to return…..

This photograph shows a Severn Trent contractor, discharging sewage into the sewer that does not apparently exist!