PANIC among councillors the Town Hall. Olympic-mania has seen weekly van deliveries to their homes cancelled and leaving them having to pick up their paperwork on foot from King’s Cross.
Members were told in a group email:“During the Olympic period, officers will be working hard to minimise any disruption to the support services that you receive from democratic services. One area where service will inevitably be impacted is the weekly Wednesday van delivery for members’ post.”
Of course, Boris Johnson telling us how busy London is going to be on constant loop – at the station, on the buses, you never know where he’s going to pop up next, check your sheds and garages, look under your bonfires before lighting – has meant the streets have pretty much been clear and councillors are wondering why their weekly routines have been put on ice.
Two or three councillors have put their irritation in writing by return email. Perhaps, Lib Dem Paul Braithwaite summed the frustration at London’s everything-stoppism most concisely. Here’s the text to his email to officers:
This isn’t very satisfactory. The world shouldn’t stop and I really don’t think it’s beyond our drivers resourcefulness to get around. One delivery each week is minimal enough but to suspend it for three Wednesdays. I protest that this is a step too far.