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?