We had a comment from, no less than, Liz Simpson the Parliamentary candidate from Tonbridge and Malling about "It's no joke" TonbridgeBlog's recent posting on the state of our highways during the cold snap. (Scroll down to see the post and all comments) Liz is a bit behind the pace here but better late than never and let's hope we have new convert to TBlog! I thought that it was worth highlighting so here it is in full for you to read. No doubt this will rekindle the political comments as well! I'm still waiting on Sir John Satnley's contribution to the debate!...
" Hi I have only just discovered the Tonbridge Blogger - makes interesting reading. Your first blogger was absolutely right - the blame for lack of coordinated response can be laid fairly and squarely at the feet of Mr Chard Cabinet Member for Highways. Borough Councils were offering to provide staff to help with the snow clearance before Christmas but KCC refused. KCC staff were telling people who phoned in asking for roads and pavement to be gritted that it was a Parish Council responsibility to provide salt bins - when the decision had been made last Autumn that KCC were not going to allow Parish Councils to provide bins (and of course Tonbridge is not parished anyway - so goodness knows where the good folk of Tonbridge were supposed to get theirs from). Following the huge public outcry Mr Chard was forced to apologise for having said it was their responsibility and after Christmas did accept help from the Boroughs. Has now decided that County Councillors can provide salt bins out of their Highways Grant Budgets they all hold - but at over £500 a pop - suggest you look at websites to see how much they cost wholesale. So complete about face. So why not contact your County Councillor and ask for a bin for places like Deakin Leas - that is steep enough at the best of times - must only have been passable by Eddie the Eagle in the snow.And please do remember when you next come to vote that KKC have £50 million people tied up in Iceland, a highways department in chaos, an internet TV station (now dumped) that no-one watched and cost over a million pounds to set up, millions of pounds spent on reorganisation after reorganisation and a demoralised workforce .... the list is almost endless.
Liz Simpson Lib Dem PPC Tonbridge and Malling
PS. Absolute scandal - casualty departments over-run, elderly marooned in their homes for up to three weeks."