Sorry but there's precious little grit here
In response to Eleanor Swift, with regard to clearing the snow, I can't speak for Southdown but I can say that over here in East Twerton the council had zippety doo-dah with clearing the pavements along Lower Bristol Road. That was entirely down to five of us chaps who live here doing it off our own backs.
The council says it has 4,000 grit bins across the city. East Twerton as far as I can tell only has two. Both of these are at Oldfield Park station and are full up with virtually anything other than grit. If there are grit bins in East Twerton with any grit in them, I wish someone would tell me where they are, because I'm blowed if I can see them.
But then our street problems are notorious, hardly any rubbish bins, benches that are rapidly falling to bits, redundant signposts clogging up the pavements, pavements like patchwork quilts and full of holes, drain covers missing on drains that are perennially blocked, the usual rubbish stuffed into the hedges, derelict buildings galore, et cetera, et cetera.
And yet when a handful of volunteers try to do something practical about it, the council either ignores us or actively obstructs us. The council must be seen to lead, apparently, but how often is the council ever seen at all in East Twerton? Not a lot and we're a mere 15 minute walk from the city centre, straddling one of the busiest roads in the city, but as Councillor Chalker says we're not officially part of the tourist zone, so virtually no money gets allocated to us, while the city centre eats up millions of pounds of the B&NES budget on things that I personally consider pretty pointless and cosmetic.
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