Ben gets every grit bin filled with one email (or does he?)

There has been running battles and skirmishes in the SLDC sphere recently, at Cabinet we were threatened with life imprisonment and accused directly by members of the administration of leaking “embarrasing” documents. So to say Tim’s Team are on their toes is an understatement.
But on the subject of grit bins….
Along with various other things, SLDC’s grit bins in car parks were brought up at Lakes Parish Council this week. I was asked why they were empty and if I could do anything about it. SLDC has a responsibility for the grit bins in the car parks and County Council the grit bins on the roads.
So in the morning I sent the following:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ben Berry <me@ben-berry.co.uk>
Date: 13 December 2012 10:48
Subject: Grit Bins in Car Parks
To: REMOVED

Hey Jim,

Who do I tell about empty grit bins in Ambleside car parks?
Thanks,
Ben
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and within 10 miniutes there was a press release saying the following:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Coffey, Helen <h.coffey@southlakeland.gov.uk>
Date: 13 December 2012 10:54
Subject: Press release – Car park gritting bins to be filled in next few days
To: “Coffey, Helen” <h.coffey@southlakeland.gov.uk>

SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL
News release
13 December 2012
CAR PARK GRITTING BINS TO BE FILLED IN NEXT FEW DAYS
 
South Lakeland District Council has announced that it will be filling car park grit bins across the area over the next few days.
 
The decision was taken because of the likelihood of severe weather conditions over the coming days and calls from the public. The council believes that the community spirit shown by people who use the grit to clear the car parks should be encouraged and its contractor will be out over the coming days to ensure the bins are full.
 
Leader of SLDC, Cllr Peter Thornton, said: “As an authority we listen to the public and this is an issue we felt needed to be swiftly addressed. The cold weather coming in could leave us with icy conditions and the grit is useful to keep the car parks safe. We want to encourage this but would urge people to take care whilst helping out.”
 
The decision had been previously taken not to fill the bins due to the high number of people who use the grit for other purposes than to grit car parks, where most of the bins are situated.
 
Ends

It may be pure coincidence, but the questions is… Did I just get all SLDC grit bins filled up?!

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