An e-mail I sent to the Hobart City Council:
This morning I walked through Princes Park twice—wandering into the city and back home again—and both times I saw disappointed children discover that the play area and equipment therein were inaccessible, and walk away saddened, because workmen were conducting some repairs or maintenance. Whose bright idea was it, what genius did it take, to schedule work on the play area the week before schoolchildren returned to State schools instead of, say, next week?
Was there nowhere else in the entire city of Hobart wherein the two workmen I saw could not have been productively employed? Were the borders of the play area so decrepit and dangerous that the remedial work could not be delayed one week? Are you unaware of neglected footpaths, particularly dangerous to the disabled, which ought to be repaired? Have you no interest in paths which are perilously overgrown with thorny vegetation which could be pruned? Is the council so full of oblivious nitwits and unobservant nincompoops (who, seemingly, never walk anywhere in the city) that none could think of a better idea than to close a play area when it would be most likely to be used?
One time, a few years ago, I was walking down Campbell Street and encountered a blockage with a sign revealing that the footpath was closed and that pedestrians had to use the footpath on the other side of the road; as soon as I crossed to the other side of the road, however, I encountered a blockage with a sign advising pedestrians that the footpath was closed and that they had to use the footpath on the other side of the road. There was no notice further up the street advising pedestrians to seek a detour. Clearly, the council employs only the smartest of planners.
Perhaps, however, rather than being the fault of clumsy planning, such evidently inexpert decisions are deliberately made by council employees who dislike pedestrians and detest children at play. Are your planners miserable bigots or are they just incompetent?
I received this automatic response:
Your email has been received by the Hobart City Council and referred for appropriate action.Thank you