If you DON’T grit, I’ll sue
I am incensed at just having read a story in The Midweek Herald about the suggestion that East Devon District Council (EDDC) will not be salting public car parks in Honiton, etc., for fear of litigation and insurance claims.
I’ve never heard such stupid, irresponsible, PC clap-trap from pencil-pushing bureaucrats in my life!
In a civilised democracy for a hundred years, authorities and councils have made provision for its citizens in a responsible way, by charging a local tax for just owning a property. In the 21st century that tax, now called the council tax, is levied in a extortionate manner to provide reducing services.
I applaud Mr Roger Giles’ attitude in stating that the council has a duty to provide a safe environment in which to walk and drive in public places.
I, for one, will sue EDDC for every possible penny should I fall and injure myself on unsalted public spaces - if they make the decision not take proper preventative action to protect tax payers.
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In effect, they would be making prisoners of the elderly or disabled. It’s EDDC’s responsibility to take the necessary preventative action on behalf of us all.
Earlier this year, Dunkeswell was cut-off for two days due to highways gritting trucks not being able to get through on a BUS route following the heavy snow.
- 1 Supermarket chain planning four new stores in East Devon
- 2 Backing for plan to launch parkruns for young athletes
- 3 Long wait over as Honiton allotments are handed over to residents
- 4 Talk of a high-wage economy will not amuse those on low incomes
- 5 Fundraiser makes brief stop on charity trek
- 6 It's official - Devon is one of the most popular places to live
- 7 Mum and daughter to have their hair chopped for charity
- 8 Elusive mackerel still popping up for Devon anglers
- 9 Rail users can enjoy 'moor' views as Dartmoor Line reopens after 50 years
- 10 Honiton man jailed for two years for voyeurism
Yet, on the first day of the major snows of 1962, I was delivering newspapers as a teenager on my paper-round through drifts six feet deep. Strange how society coped then, but not now, with six inches! I am beginning to think that society in this country is losing its grip and going backwards instead of progressing.
Councils and society in general should make a stand against the growing threat of a litigious society.
Stand up and be counted, EDDC councillors!