We received a comment suggesting that some paths in the town were getting preferential treatment. A comparison was made between the path out the Cawdor Road to Firhall and the footpath/cycle path to the Academy and the state of the West End. Our anonymous commentator thought the West End paths would be up to the standard of the path to Firhall and made suggestions as to why this would be. We won’t go there but I can inform him/her that they are wrong. The West end looks the same, or perhaps worse, than everywhere else just as it was last year. Whilst checking the state of the Firhall path (it was in pretty good condition having had the snow removed to a great extent) a council vehicle arrived to give it another ploughing/gritting.
All over town it looks as though the pavements have received a gritting but very few are up to the standard of the Firhall path yet. Is this because it is beside a main road? The paths beside the A96 have been fairly thoroughly sorted too. Our anonymous correspondent did say, ‘The footpath from Lodgehill Road to the school, which is used by hundreds of pupils and pedestrians has of course not been touched.’ Well it has been gritted but again compared with the state of the Firhall path it is in a very poor state indeed.
There is a map available which shows us which roads get gritted first. Perhaps one should be produced to show which footpaths are priority, thus residents would know if they were getting a fair share of the work done according to the said priorities?
It's all relative however and please bear in mind that these are extreme conditions and the town guys are working very hard - remember for some of them their long-term employment prospects are now somewhat uncertain and it must be hard for them to maintain their morale in such circumstances.