Lots of complaints that I haven't been blogging about gritting, which is a subject, unusually, on many people’s minds at the moment. We have, even for the time of year, had a bout of exceptional weather. Prolonged snow and prolonged sub-zero temperatures have caused lots of disruption and have made travel hazardous everywhere. This hasn't just happened to Manchester but is widespread across the UK and Europe and in the USA it's even worse.
Newspapers, TV, radio, all repeat the same message - if you don't need to travel, don't! Was the Council prepared? and what are we doing? Well I have checked and am told that we have lots of salt and that our gritters are out 24/7 - concentrating on priority routes. That means if you live on a little side street (like me) you're not going to see a gritter any time soon. I recognise a lot of people are being seriously inconvenienced but as yet the Council does not control the weather and this is what happens when we have lots of snow and ice.
This is probably going to be my last blog before Christmas (unless I have a sudden flurry of activity tomorrow) so to everybody have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2009, the recession, has been a very difficult year for many people in the city, but I'm confident that whilst 2010 might not be easy, it will be a lot, lot better. And if times are hard, there's nowhere I'd rather be than Manchester.