A questionnaire arrived in the post last week addressed to the occupier. From Ipsos MORI , the market research company, on behalf of Suffolk County Council Highways Department - Col's employer for 35 years.
Most of it seemed very irrelevant to me here - Pavements - what pavements? Street lights - none, bus services - Ha!
But then there was a section asking if things had improved or not in the last year and I thought - that's interesting, maybe they are not happy with the big private company that currently do all the repairs......or not......on Suffolks roads.
It must be 10 years since the men who had been used to working for the council, knew their area, were based locally suddenly found they were working for a huge private company who had no idea of the area, sent people from the east of the county to work in the west and vise-versa and then found they had days with no work......we heard it all from the men that Col used to supervise.
So I was able to put my tick in the Very Dissatisfied boxes. There are potholes everywhere, road markings have vanished in many places, never see a road sweeper or a gully-sucker now and road signs are filthy, falling to bits and never repaired.
Hope it helps - everything was so much better when it was done 'in house'.
I did wonder why I'd been selected to receive a questionnaire, but maybe it was because I contacted the Rights of Way department when a tree came down blocking the footpath.