Reserve Team Regular
Dec 20, 2011, 11:55 AM
Post #1 of 9
My local council where I work has just sent me the following e-mail [edited to protect the innocent] -
Dear, "Mr XXX"!
XXXXXX City council is hoping that businesses will start to practice and help promote community resilience in the area where they are situated, this year we are trying to ensure that XXXXXXX is more resilient to disruptions caused by snow and ice, we would be grateful if you could distribute the attached posters within your businesses and to the community and if possible take the suggested actions if we do receive any snowfall
for any information look up the XXXXXXX council web site or contact the Civil protection unit by e-mailing XXXX.
Civil Protection Manager
Civil Protection Unit.
XXXXXXX City Council
Room UG 39
The Council House
Basically, the Council, which is in one of the biggest cities in the country, appears to be opting out of snow clearance. Instead the posters attached to the e-mail tell you what to buy [shovels, grit, etc.] and how to clear the roads and pavements of snow outside your business. They are sending a similar e-mail to the Neighbourhood Watches, etc.
Last year the Council basically failed to clear any snow and only made token attempts to grit a few roads. I run a large business which involves nearly a million vehicle movements on to or out of a large open site each year. The past two winters we have stayed open with clear roadways and parking for up 1,000 vehicles, but the local authority has done nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing to keep roads open so that our customers can reach us. Indeed, we pay a very considerable Business Rate bill every year [probably big enough to fund a Step 5 and Step 6 club for a season], and the Council will not even take our waste, which we have to get transported at our own expense half way across the country to the nearest landfill site [we do recycle at our own expense 90% of our waste].
On top of this the Council has a planning application before them for the storing of the City's food waste in a site that shares a common 100 metre boundary with us. Do you think that they have informed us of this planning application? No not a chance, instead private houses a mile away have been told in a letter.
As Communities Minister Mr Pickles will shortly be having a nasty letter from me. Already in the past few weeks the MP for the area has had two letters, neither of which he has chosen to acknowledge.