Friday, August 08, 2008
The Dangers of Hills
Oh dear, poor old Nanny seems to be getting rather confused in her old age. On the one hand she is exhorting us to take more exercise (eg walk upstairs, go for long walks etc), yet on the other she is worried about the risk involved in walking up slopes.
The good citizens of Booze in Yorkshire (yes it really is called Booze!) have for decades had a decent postal service, whereby Postman Pat has driven/walked up the twisting lane to Booze to deliver the mail.
However, under Nanny's regime the Royal Mail has deemed that the road is too dangerous for its vans and that the postman cannot walk the road because he has a bad back!
The residents must now make a 45 minute drive to the sorting office in Richmond to collect their post.
Royal Mail delivery office manager, Colin Appleby, wrote to residents saying:
"The road is extremely narrow, and if you have to reverse down, this is potentially an accident waiting to happen."
Farmer's wife Hazel Harker, whose family has lived in the hamlet since 1945, is unimpressed:
"I know the road's steep and I know it's narrow, but there are lots of little roads like that. You just have to drive carefully. There have been no accidents on that hill."
A spokesman for Royal Mail said:
"A health and safety assessment was undertaken and the report confirmed that access to a number of premises is a risk to our staff and, as a result, deliveries were suspended."
Pass the sick bag someone!
No one has been injured in the last few decades of mail deliveries.
Maybe the name "Booze" has also put Nanny off?
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