Letter: You are now entering Rochdale Time please adjust your calendars

Date published: 19 February 2018

Dear Editor

I read with interest your recent article 'Council attempts to ban illegal traveller sites', Rochdale Online, 13 February 2018.

I've have also noticed a number of enforcement notices naming individuals prohibiting them from setting up 'encampments' on pieces of disused or derelict land around the town centre.

One of them on Manchester Road lamp post cites a court appearance date of Tuesday 19 February 2018.

Now I realise that our reactionary Rochdale Council, in collaboration with the soulless Westminster government, seems proactively intent on returning our town to near Victorian levels of poverty and destitution but I had not realised in their race to turn the clock backwards in presenting our towns citizens with a modern day Vagrancy Act of Public Space Protection Orders and relentlessly increasing child poverty levels that our Council had declared behind closed doors some kind of unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) and established not only an autonomous Rochdale Mean Time zone but secretly adopted a uniquely out of step Rochdale Area Calendar for the new year.

In Rochdale there may indeed be a Tuesday 19 February 2018 - however in the rest of the United Kingdom - not least in the London Law Courts, where the hearings are officially notified to take place, I think the Council officials responsible will find that the 19 February 2018 is most definitely a MONDAY and not a Tuesday?

Are these notifications actually worth the paper they are printed on from a legal standpoint and perhaps more tellingly is Rochdale now a town where the Council institutions can be said without fear of challenge or contradiction to officially not have a clue what day it is?


Andrew Wastling

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