Thursday, 14 December 2017

Reflecting on the snowpocalypse

Now the excitement of the snowpocalypse is pretty much over it's time to make some observations.

Firstly, Telford & Wrekin Council have put Shropshire Council to shame. Friends and relatives who live outside Telford have commented that you could tell when you were leaving Shropshire Council's area and entering Telford & Wrekin. I know that our gritters tried at least 4 times to get in to Ironbridge to clear the roads whilst Shropshire Council couldn't keep the main roads into Telford clear and large towns were cut off from the outside world. Gritting routes have been cut back over the last few years and grit bins have been left empty to save money but the people on the ground did their job and they did it well.

Secondly, our parish council have done a great job filling in the gaps that Telford & Wrekin Council left by clearing footpaths and filling grit bins with our own supplies. It's not the parish council's responsibility to do this but once again the ladies and gents at the parish council have stepped in to help the community.

Finally, Brookside residents have shown that when people are in need the community comes together. I have seen people offer to collect shopping for people who were unable to get out and about, people checking on the residents of the bungalows to make sure they were ok and see if they needed anything, people clearing their own roads and footpaths, people coming out of their houses to push cars that have got stuck (including mine). We often get hung up on the mischief, antisocial behaviour and personality clashes but the way everyone pulled together over the last few days tells you all you need to know about our community.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Please don't empty grit bins to clear your drive

I have just been and delivered a bag of rock salt to Beckbury Drive as the grit bin had been emptied this morning getting a delivery van up the road and a resident clearing their drive.

It should go without saying that the grit in grit bins is for the road, not for private drives but every time we get a cold spell there's always one nice clear drive near the bin and the road is untreated. The parish council spent quite a lot of money last year having the grit bins filled as Telford & Wrekin Council decided they were no longer going to pay for it to save money. It's your money we're spending so please don't empty the grit bins for your drives.

Unfortunately, I didn't realise there were two grit bins on Beckbury Drive so thanks to local resident Helen who is going up the road to fetch the bag of rock salt and put it in the right bin!

Finally, to preempt the inevitable question: no, I don't have any more rock salt for other bins. The parish council's environmental team don't work on Friday's during the winter months to make up for the long hours they work in the summer so there is no way of getting the salt out of storage or to the bins. This bag was liberated from the parish council office which has been closed early so staff can get home safely. If you would like to comment on the borough council's decision not to fill our grit bins any more then borough councillors' contact details can be found on the Telford & Wrekin Council website. 🙂