Local Councils

  tullie 21:50 04 Dec 2008

Because of a dispute with contracterss about lack of money none of our pavements etc got gritted during our recent bad weather,dont suppose we get a reduction in tax this year?

  Forum Editor 23:04 04 Dec 2008

No, you don't.

  tullie 04:38 05 Dec 2008

Said with tongue firmly in cheek FE,there will be a few people in same boat i think.

  Quickbeam 07:25 05 Dec 2008

Our council gritted the pavements outside the OAP bungalows after 2 of the residents fell on Monday, they were like glass with frozen rain coating them.

However, although they gritted the pavements outside of them, they didn't think to grit them up to the bus stop or local shop both 200 yards away... no point in bothering then was there.

  laurie53 10:09 05 Dec 2008

Must praise my local council again.

They do the roads all night and have many of the pavements done before people are even up.

  natdoor 10:30 05 Dec 2008

In Germany it is the responsibilty of the occupier to keep pavements clear of ice and snow in front of their reidence. If anyone falls and is injured, the householder is liable.

In the UK, if pavements are left untouched and someone is injured, it is deemed an act of God. If pavements are cleared and someone is injured, the person who cleared the pavement is liable.

This says a lot about social attitudes.

  spuds 11:55 05 Dec 2008

Even gritting can bring compensation claims, so its a case of you cannot please everyone!.

I think some people would be more than glad, if their council tax was spent on a weekly waste disposal routine,with no restrictions, like the 'old days'.

  STREETWORK 22:09 05 Dec 2008

The councils have a duty to keep the highway clear of snow and ice, so far as is reasonable practical.

This is stated int the Railways and Transport Act, Section 111.

If the council had to keep all public ways clear then it would only be possible with God's assistance.

If you slip on snow or ice, who's fault is it?

The fact they they went out of thier way and treated the area outside an OAP home is to be commended, not put down because they did not do all of the footways.

Bless the drivers who do this work at all hours, day and night...

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