Basildon Council is asking the public to suggest innovative ways the council can waste another £18m of taxpayers' money now that the Dale Farm battle appears to be over.
'Admittedly,' said leader of Basildon Council Tony Ball, 'it's a bit of a challenge after Dale Farm. It's not everyday a council gets such an opportunity to squander £18m of taxpayers' money on seizing a bit of useless land from some gypsies.'
Mr Ball admits he 'can't stand seeing piles of taxpayers' money hanging around, or being chucked at schools, hospitals or care for the elderly, when you can squander it on a bare-knuckle fight with travellers.'
He says he has written to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for help. He said:
'Eric has some good ideas for wasting money - like the £250m on weekly bin collections. Quite pointless, but brilliant. We're thinking of daily bin collections here in Basildon just to get rid of a few million quid.'