“THIS probably is the most pressing issue on your desks this afternoon,” council boss Sarah Hayward bluntly told staff on Wednesday. “But it’s not the most pressing on mine.”
She appeared to have become exasperated with a reply-all chain of emails sparked by an internal health and safety diktat ordering Camden employees who cycle to work not to attempt cycling up or down the staff car park ramps in wet weather.
“You are required to adhere to this instruction,” the cycling staff members were told by one of the property managers over at the Town Hall.
The order was quickly dismissed as “patronising” and “draconian” in the email chain of respondents. The best response, however, surely came from head of sport Nigel Robinson who revealed a rather impressive personal achievement in the process: “I recently cycled up the Tourmalet (a 20km Tour de France grade ‘hill’ in the Pyrenees). On the descent I reached a top speed of 53mph – and it’s on film if anyone would like to see it. I rest my case.”
So we know now Nigel can conquer the Pyranees, but could Chris Froome take on this fearsome car park ramp. Stay safe everyone.