Love posts like this,theyre so true.
Millions of pounds spent on a shed load of brand new white vans with wigan council emblazened across em just driving round wasting diesel trying to brainwash people.
The next step theyve moved on to is to start to take down street signs and replace them with wigan council court of arms on them.
We really need to get from under there foot
I know what you mean about wasteful councils. Last year our council decided what we really needed was to impose a 20mph speed limit on all but but main arterial routes. Where I live, in Formby, this is all but 5 main roads. To "enforce" this they erected 20mph sign posts on ALL other roads, even though some are tiny - you would need a rocket powered vehicle to achieve more than 20mph in their length. This cost us, the council tax payer £50k for Formby alone. A complete waste of effort and money as these limits are completely ignored as there is no police presence to enforce them.
However, the new vehicles you take issue with most likely are saving the council money. They will almost certainly be leased, therefore taking their value off balance sheet. New vehicles are more efficient therefore cheaper to tax and run, more reliable therefore reducing maintenance costs, and will come with a warranty covering repairs and service included. This also means the council no longer needs a vehicle service department and additional spare vehicles to cover in the case of breakdowns or loss of time due to old, clapped out vehicles being out of service due to being repaired. This is the model followed by the vast majority of private companies who are not renowned for chucking money about unnecessarily.