Don’t you just love it?
So volunteer groups who volunteer to clean up their area now have to apply for permission to do so. But before they can do that they have to get a traffic management assessment to see if their roads carry more than 1,000 vehicles a day. The also have to check the speed limits, and before I forget, they have to have public liability insurance to a level of €6.5 million for one incident. Oh yes – they also have to have Health and Safety lessons.
Are they fucking serious?
If someone wants to sweep the pavement outside their house and clean up their verge, they have to get the fucking council’s permission? Or maybe the council want to keep all that work for themselves? Except that they don’t do it.
There are two simple solutions here.
Point 1. Give each volunteer a form to sign saying that they do the work at their own risk.
Point 2. Treat the residents like the adults they are and stop treating them like they’re a bunch of stupid kids. They are adults who know how to walk or work at the side of a road. That isn’t a job that requires a degree in engineering, just a drop of common sense and a lifetime of experience.
But then we’re all mindless children in the eyes of The Authorities these days.