Commiserations to the resident of Maryfield Walk and Rogerstone Avenue (in Stoke-on-Trent) who were, at the tail end of last year, hit by the health and safety gestapo who work for the Royal Mail.
Owing to "uneven paving slabs" (that are deemed by Nanny to be a "trip hazard") the Royal Mail have banned their postmen from delivering to these roads. Residents have to make a six mile round trip to pick the mail up from the nearest depot.
The Mail quotes a spokesman for Royal Mail said:
"We have temporarily suspended deliveries because of the very poor state of the pavements in the area.Seemingly the council will not repair the road.
We previously raised our concerns with residents about the safety risk because the pavements are their responsibility, but to date these haven’t been addressed.
We carried out a further risk assessment last week and the paving clearly posed a safety risk. Our delivery staff have been injured in very similar circumstances and as we have a duty of care we are not prepared to compromise on safety.
We are keen to resume deliveries to these addresses as soon as improvements are made to the pavements."
Pete Price, of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:
"It is the responsibility of the landowner to ensure the roads and pavements are maintained to a safe standard."An absurd situation, by any reasonable person's standards!.
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