As a councillor people contact you about all manner of issues. Usually thet are readily dealt with-a street light out, a pothole here, an uncollected bin there, an unrebded open space etc. These are usally easily sorted and the council comes along and does the remedial work. Some issues are more complex and demanding-neighbour disputes, anti social behavior, the planning department, issues at schools, problems with cronically ill elderly residents... A couple of years ago I had a gent who was involved in the Portland Down experiments when he was a service man in the 50's. But I have never has so much hassle over two lamp standards before. The saga began last year when a resident contacted me by email about two lamp standards that had been lest unpainted when all the others in the street had been given a fresh lick of paint in the corporate colours of the old Southport County Borough. I contacted the department and was promised that it would be sorted. Several emails later from the department and her and still no paint! So now I've taken a photo and forwarded it the department. The lady herself was quite laid back and assumes that as the open golf is coming later this year then they will get done sometime soon.
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