Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Let It Snow II
Suffice to say my own local council's "efforts" to grit the local roads, and keep things running smoothly were a shambles!
Witness the jolly exchange of emails I had with our "leader":
"20 December 2009
Despite comments in the Argus that you are proud about how the council has handled the snow; why is that XXXX Hill, XXXX St etc and many other parts of Hanover have not seen a single grit lorry or indeed sack of grit since the snow arrived Thursday?
The roads are impassable in places, people falling over (ambulances can't reach them) and doubtless the insurance costs (to be levied by claims against the council for negligence) mounting minute by minute.
We are pretty well cut off up here, but be assured we won't forget how proud you are of your council's "achievements" wrt the snow/ice.
Out of mild curiosity when will the grit arrive, before or after the snow melts?
Subject: RE: XXX Hill etc cut off
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:55:34 +0000
Dear Mr Frost, thank you for your email.
We do understand the frustrations of residents who have been faced with treacherous conditions during this particularly severe freeze.
All of our gritting lorries and ploughs were working around the clock during the weekend to clear the main roads. We also have 350 salt bins on pavements around the city.
However, it is not possible to keep all 3,000 of the city's roads free from ice and snow in the hours immediately following a severe freeze without massively increasing the cost to taxpayers. Instead, busy bus routes and roads into key sites, such as hospitals, are prioritised so that economic and social activity can continue in the city.
Because conditions were considerably more icy than predicted, we also diverted all refuse, recycling and parks staff onto hand gritting pavements yesterday.
Further information about what the Council has been doing in the city is available on our web site
Thank you Mary.
The hand gritters (binmen I believe?) finally reached XXX Hill and the related areas around midday Monday (after I had emailed you about the issue).
Pride cometh before a fall, and it now seems that there will be a review of how "well" the council handled this issue:)
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