July 15th, 2010

Not in my remit

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So it’s not just the police who have people who decline to do something because it’s ‘someone else’s responsibility‘.

The photograph below is that of a dead badger on the A338 in Hampshire. It had been run over about a week before the photo was taken. Apparently it is the district council’s job to remove road-kill. It’s the county council’s job to maintain the road.

So when staff contracted to paint double white lines down the middle of the road came across the dead badger, rather than getting a shovel & moving it to the side of the road for nature to take the rest of it’s cause, the simply skipped over it & continued painting the other side of it.

This has meant that the district council had to go & clear the poor badger away & the workmen had to return at a later date to complete the lines.

A county council spokesperson has said that the public shouldn’t worry because it’s not costing them any more money as the council paid a set fee for the work to be done, which kind of completely misses the point really.


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  1. Ben says:

    I was about to write this:
    “Of course since it is illegal to possess any part of a Badger only a civil servant, police officer or other crown servant can legally remove it… ”

    Which would have been funny…ish. But since I am prone to that kind of mistake (and should have some understanding before I criticise), I went away and read the act, and it seems to be only illegal to possess a part of a dead badger that was killed willfully, in spite of what the RSPCA say so publicly and often, so roadkill doesn’t count.

    But maybe the lines contractors were taking the RSPCA’s word for it?

    If you have a badger-foot keyring (is there such a thing?), just claim it was roadkill!

    July 15th, 2010 at 23:51

  2. Oi says:

    OK, I take the point of the post – but really, does a ½ yard gap in the lines void the rest? Why return just to put a tablespoon of paint in a small gap?
    Actually, I’m more amazed at that, than leaving the badger there in the 1st place.

    July 16th, 2010 at 01:29

  3. john says:

    It looks more like a fox

    July 16th, 2010 at 07:09

  4. shijuro says:

    he went to see his flat mate…

    July 16th, 2010 at 07:56

  5. TunaSunrise says:

    Why did the badger cro…

    Oh yeh. Thanks, Shijuro.

    July 16th, 2010 at 10:39

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