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Offline woodstock

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lack of snow ploughs etc...
« on: Dec 03, 2010, 16:01 »
was talking to a mate before and he was saying that in cumbria which might throw a bit of light on the issue. For years local councils have cooperated with farmers to clear the "milk run" roads, paying them a small fee to come out in their tractors and plough the small snow drifts away and grit. It's a system that worked and got a lot of heavy macinery on the job at little cost. However, after this years snow (the lot in Feb) some bright spark in central governement thought it a good idea to issue some policy guidance on the employment of said farmers. So now the farmers have to get £10 million pounds worth of public liability insurance, put 2 flashing lights on tractor, have a full set of high vis gear and more before they can be contracted by the local councils. Oh, and no one will pay the farmers for this outlay...net result is that farmers are not volunteering to do the work and all the back roads remain snow bound.

A simple thing such as the governement issuing free public indemnity insurance (as used extensively elsewhere by central governement)would resolve the issue, but as quick as a flash, not a sausage. :(


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Re: lack of snow ploughs etc...
« Reply #1 on: Dec 03, 2010, 19:51 »
There were plenty of farmers on TV tonight in Cumbria doing the job, but the reports were in daytime and no lights were noticed.

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