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“Tropical ” conditions return to South Shields

“Sunny Shields” is back in smiling mood today, the Arctic conditions melted away in one of the fastest thaws in living memory over the last 24 hours – the snow has gone.

Whilst the rest of us somehow managed to get around town, out of town, into town, thanks to the help of gritters who have used half of the winter stocks in two weeks, South Tyneside Council’s refuse collection teams found it far too difficult to negotiate the roads and side streets.

So, perhaps they’ll stand a better chance now that sub-tropical conditions have returned, my bins have not been emptied since 22nd. November!

It’s a good job we didn’t have any deep snow such as that seen in North Yorkshire or Central Scotland.

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Written by curly

December 11, 2010 at 11:58 am

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  1. “South Tyneside Council’s refuse collection teams found it far too difficult to negotiate the roads and side streets”
    Strange then that Sunderland’s did, especially as you say South Shields’s roads were better cleared than any others in the area.


    December 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

  2. Where I live we had no problems with bins but unlike Curly we didn’t see salt on the footpaths nor were the side roads safe at all. The point being that criticism of other areas whilst stating that ours was better, was only based on what little Curly saw. As I say what is seen may not be the full picture. None the less I think our council workers have all done a good job.


    December 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    • The forensic service is being closed down, £35m off the council budget, local courts being closed down. There is nothing tropical about the town now. Broken promises all the way, ‘we will be more caring for poorer areas; people will be able to keep their RDAs if they wish’. It’s all tosh, the north east is heading towards becoming a ghetto of families reliant on state benefits, incapacity allowances, tax credits, and with little in the way of self esteem. Where there is no role model and children grow up in an environment where they see mum and dad unable to contribute by paying taxes but having to budget on their allowances and even looking at getting jobs where they don’t want to earn more than a certain amount because it will damage their allowances. The Big Society, I don’t think so, another death knell from the Condems.


      December 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      • Just to add to that I read today that the unemployment rate is now up to 7.9%. That in my opinion is the start where the effect of the Cndems policies are starting to hit home, 2.5 million people unemployed. There will be worse to come under this government.


        December 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

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