Friday, 31 December 2010

Fury at failure over snow clearing, MP demands apology

Southport MP John Pugh called on the council to say sorry for the failure of its gritting and yesterday (Wednesday) Jerry Mc Conkey, Sefton Council's Network Manager, apologised for the disruption.
Dr Pugh said: “Amongst us citizens there is not a man or woman standing who thinks the council got it right this time or planned it well.”
The Southport Visiter has the full story. The Birkdale blog broke the news that angry Councillors were to hold a crisis meeting with the council officials in charge of the clear up. Can we thank all those who emailed their questions in advance of that meeting. As the Visiter report:
In the aftermath, senior councillors and technical services officers got together at Bootle Town Hall yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) to discuss the issues involved – and see what lessons can be learned.
In a private meeting called by Liberal Democrat councillor Simon Shaw, seven councillors were due to ask Sefton what went wrong.

Personally I'm furious. Any suggestion that the response was even adequate is rubbish. There appears to have been a lack of imagination and leadership. Simon has done an excellent job in addressing these matters but inevitably it has been after the event.
I want to know why local farmers weren't called on and why volunteers were not called on to clear key areas. A lot more could have and should have been done. This does not appear to have been about resources but about will.

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