"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Council War

Having tried in vain last week to get someone at the council to talk to me about the effects the local roadworks are having on local businesses, I have been making further attempts this week. It's like being on a roundabout - to Highways, to Planning, back to Highways and so it goes on but no-one bothers to return my calls. Then, to add insult to injury, yesterday morning, as I drove to work, I saw council workmen putting up direction signs around the diversion route for the multi-national supermarket just up the road from us! As if they need the extra help more than we smaller businesses!

So I've been doing some shouting in my best deputy headteacher manner. Never mind about 'sorry, we don't think there's anything we can do....'
'I'm afraid our department can't help you....'
'Well, of course, you'd need planning permission to put up signs on the roadside.....'
Forget it, folks. Jenny's on the warpath. This is people's livelihoods we're talking about here!
All that shouting must have had some effect because, within the hour, I had the site foreman visiting us in the shop - and wiping his feet before he stepped off the mat! - and agreeing to have signs made with our name on, at no cost to us and placed on the main road and along the diversion.
How's that for a result?
It's just that a little voice in my head keeps muttering something about believing it when I see it........or is that me just being cynical?

8 comments:

  1. It's called feminine charm! You go girl!

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  2. ... or perhaps he saw your picture in the newspaper! The squeaky wheel gets the grease, Jenny. Well done, you!

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  3. That's the spirit!!!! Hope your cynicism isn't deserved this time and the said sign does appear... (being a cynical sod myself I'd probably be exactly the same - extremely sceptical until the guy proves me otherwise!).

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  4. That's great news :-)

    Debbie & Paul

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  5. Well done! I am however, concerned about your hearing voices. They do have medication for that you know. LOL!

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  6. Well done! I am concerned that you are hearing voices. They have medication for that now you know. LOL.

    Vicky

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  7. It's that Deputy Head voice that did it! Poor fella was afraid you'd make him stay behind or send a note home to his mum! Good for you ! You go girl !

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