Given that we are now in the midst of our usual high quality, warm and sunny British summer (that'll be the global warming then!), I am gemused to see that Nanny has banned postmen from delivering post on rainy days.
Health and safety!
The ever efficient and technologically up to date Royal Mail has suspended deliveries in the area of South Parade Doncaster during "adverse wet weather conditions", after a postman slipped on algae and moss on the pavement and broke his shoulder.
Customers have been told to collect their post from the town's main sorting office during bad weather.
Royal Mail spokeswoman Morag Turnbull said:
"Last Friday, a member of staff slipped on algae and moss on the pavement at South Parade due to adverse wet weather and consequently broke his shoulder.Agh!
Following a risk assessment of the area, we have notified Doncaster City Council of the danger posed by the poor condition of the pavement.
We have explained to customers in South Parade that we must, only during adverse wet weather conditions, suspend deliveries to their address as a precautionary measure until the pavement surfaces are improved by Doncaster City Council.
Customers will be able to collect their mail from Doncaster Delivery Office.
We know this is inconvenient and we apologise to customers, but the safety and welfare of our staff is paramount and we only suspend deliveries if the safety of our postmen and women is at risk."
Whenever I hear the phrase "risk assessment", I instinctively reach for my revolver!
Anyhoo, unsurprisingly the council deny that there is anything wrong with the pavement.
Therefore the customers of Royal Mail are caught in a Colombian stand off, between the Royal Mail and the council.
Good luck with that then!
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