Apologies for returning to the weather - but been out locally again this morning and it has to be said once more that the pavements right across Ward 9 ... from Fountainbridge all the way up to Craiglockhart ... are a complete disgrace.
I've got nothing but praise for the Council staff trying to help - they're doing the best job they can - but there are simply not enough resources being applied to the overall task.
In Fountainbridge - within the Controlled Parking Zone - several people are asking what the 100's of Parking Attendant's are currently doing? It's a very good question ... they're certainly not operating as normal at the moment as most lines are completely covered in snow!
Have they been 'asked' to assist clearing pavements instead? Okay - they may not work 'directly' for the Local Authority but they could well be amenable to a bit of civic goodwill??
Indeed, the clearest pavement areas are those where businesses and residents have done the work themselves ... several are now asking me about previous bye-laws which 'encouraged' (not compelled) local businesses and residents to clear their own frontages? Again, I doubt very much if those in charge politically have even considered the implications of re-introducing such a bye-law??
I'm afraid that the whole winter-weather response, over the last couple of weeks, just seems to have completely lacked any form of such lateral-thinking :-((