11 November 2011

The things bloggers think of

Last week Mr Mustard was talking to one of his neighbours over the usual cup of tea about, of all things, snow. Mr Mustard thought he would check whether the road in which he lives had been upgraded as requested in February because of its proximity to a library, a church hall and a shopping centre and because it is on a slope. That means it should be graded priority 2 which has been agreed.

Thank you Roger at the Barnet Eye
Roger wrote about snow in 2010. Here

Barnet Council has 3 gritting priorities. Priority 3 is the lowest priority and means, in effect, that you won't see a snow plough, unless it is lost.

Priority 2 is for Carriageways and footways in the vicinity of Shopping Centres, Railway Stations, Hospitals, Public Buildings and Schools. Cul-de-sacs with steep gradients. It should be emphasised that Priority 2 roads are treated only in times of heavy snow and only after Priority 1 routes have been treated and found to be clear.

Here is a list of Priority 2 roads

Grit Priority 2 2010 - Barnet Council

Priority 1 is for

main commuter routes and Bus Routes. These total 238 km or 35 % of the network and have been split into 8 routes. Carriageways on these highways are pre-treated with grit (rock salt) when ice or frost may form. Gritting is normally carried out at night, starting when the evening traffic peak is over. In times of snow, Priority 1 routes will be gritted first and until these routes are found to be safe and running, treatment of Priority 2 routes will not commence.

Here is a list of them
Grit Priority 1 2010 Barnet Council

Barnet residents will generally recognise the main roads of Barnet. If you were to look in the right hand column you would find Essex Park N3.
Is it a bus route?; not according to google maps or TFL.
Is Essex Park a main commuter route? no, it is a little side road.
Does the Cabinet Member for the Environment live in this road? Yes he does!
His environment will be OK then. Taxis will be able to get in and out OK.

Of course, this is just a mistake, an unfortunate co-incidence, a typing error on the list. Right.

First stop, Essex Park ?

Yours frugally

Mr Mustard


  1. just appalling, Mr Mustard: and er, was it not Brian Coleman who ordered everyone to stop moaning about the shortage of grit, and get out with a spade to clear the paths outside their houses, and neighbours' houses? Perhaps this is his Big Society contribution to Essex Park instead. Touching,really.

  2. I think you are selling Mr Coleman short.

    He is, after all, merely being beneficent, at what is a festive time of year, to all his neighbours. He is allowing them all to share in his good fortune of a completely snow-cleared street.

    "Compliments of the Season, Mr Coleman, Sir!" they all say to him, as they pass him in the frosty street.

    Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, was Brian! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.

    Then his taxi arrived, and he was gone!

  3. "chin" above should say "chins".

  4. You've been looking at that photo on the Barnet Eye website, haven't you baarnett?


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