Sorry to return to the state of the local roads and pavements - but I'm not at all convinced those in charge fully realise the scale of the problems across the city at the moment?
... there's been a flurry of Council press releases and announcements today, all indicating that everything that can be done is being done - well, frankly I just think its too little too late.
There's been virtual 'political silence' from those in charge on all of this until this morning and several crucial days have been lost in trying to redeploy as many staff as possible to deal with the local roads and pavements problems. There appears to have been no serious contingency plan to cope with the New Year weather ... weather that was widely predicted long before New Year, and actually began prior to Christmas!
I don't doubt for a second that the staff on the ground are doing the best they can, but there are quite clearly not enough of them and I remain wholly unconvinced that everyone who could be redeployed to help out, has been ... the Council has some 17,000 employees and an annual revenue budget of £1billion - they should be coping with this situation far more effectively than they are.
I'm not really expecting anybody to say they've got anything wrong --- but I do hope that senior figures make sure the right lessons are learned from this whole episode and that much better contingency arrangements (especially for the redeployment of staff over holiday periods) are in place for any recurrence of present weather conditions.