Above is Barnet Council's assessment of their performance faced with the worst snow fall for 20 years and it sounds pretty good. Mr Mustard doesn't remember any particular problems from that time, his work diary looking pretty normal.
You have to ask what has changed since 2009?
The depot has moved out of the borough (a shortsighted decision).
There has been a massive shift away from directly employed staff to outsourcing. The traffic wardens no longer work for the council so unless reusing them for salt spreading was in the contract (Mr Mustard has read it & doesn't remember seeing such a clause and certainly hasn't seen or heard of traffic wardens doing anything other than being as zealous as ever in issuing PCNs) that isn't going to happen. It would also need to be in the employee's contract. Refuse crews are still in house - others will hopefully know what they have been doing.
Winter planning was outsourced to Crapita - Coventry had it much worse than Barnet so the Capita staff at that location may not have made it to work?
Probably due to recent mild winters contingency planning hasn't seemed so importantBudgets have been cut left right & centre. Street scene has not escaped
Whatever the reasons we are all suffering the effects of the council's poor planning.
Q. Why do we pay council tax?
A. To receive communal services.
Q. Are we getting them?
Q. Can you get better service for less money?
Update 12 December 2017 at 19:54
No traffic warden has been out gritting pavements which they could usefully have done as we have 50+ of them and they couldn't issue PCNs on Sunday.