Avonmouth fake ‘grassroots’ community organisation AVONA exposed in the December issue of the Bristolian has recently published the results of its ‘Community Survey’.
AVONA run by Ian “PULL MY STRINGS” Smith, the quisling puppet of George Ferguson, local Tory councillors and the Port Authority, mysteriously sprung up last year in the wake of the pollution scandals, community protests and law suits against the corporations that followed. Pro-business, pro-polluter AVONA is apparently being used by Ferguson as a ‘safe’ channel to funnel cash (and now it seems bullshit) into Avonmouth outside of the accountable Neighbourhood Partnership grants process.
It is reputed that AVONA requested funds from Ferguson in an invitation-only meeting in June last year to carry out a survey of local residents. Since then AVONA have refused to answer questions about how many people had actually responded to the questionnaire, but it seems it was pitiful; as one resident put it ‘no one gives a fuck about their organisation and no-one wants to be in it’.
Let’s take a look at what AVONA were asking residents in their (his?) survey:
Do you feel there is a need for a community bus in Avonmouth? Yes or would like to know more: 80%
Would you be able to volunteer in running or maintaining a community bus service in Avonmouth? No: 78%
Hmmm, something fishy going on here….
Would you like to see the public toilets reopened in Avonmouth Village? Yes: 73%
Would you be happy to volunteer in the upkeep and hygiene of the public toilets? No: 80%
AVONA is having a laugh….now they want us to clean the bogs for free…
What support would encourage you to take part in learning activities? Free courses: 77%
Do you have a skill that could be shared with others in the community? Yes: 7% No or maybe: 88%
So we have to provide our own voluntary education whilst still paying our Council Tax?
How much of a police presence do you see in Avonmouth? Never: 51% Monthly: 38% Weekly: 9% Daily: 2%
Many residents stated, ‘where are they?’, ‘what presence?’, ‘what police service? there is none’. Maybe AVONA wants us to set our own volunteer police force up?
And the big question….
What are things that negatively affect your health? 80% of residents responded: Pollution, dust, smoke, flies, smells, sewage, Sims Metal, Boomeco
And no follow up question to that in the AVONA survey, funnily enough…well maybe one…
Do you think massive cuts in public services are leading to ‘Big Society’ nonsense surveys? Yes: 100%
We rest our case.