Last week, whilst innocently trying to find the date of the next Clean Leith Forum on the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Website – which proved impossible – this page subsequently turned up.
Yes, a council web page that seemed to suggest that Jeremy Beadle himself had in some way endorsed the activities of the Moving About Leith Forum – – one of the many sub-groups of the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership – from beyond the grave.
Whilst everyone at Greener Leith is all for council staff exploring new ways to encourage people to get involved in tackling the scourge of local potholes, this dead celebrity approach seemed a bit of a stretch so we Tweeted the link at the time.
Sadly, Jeremy Beadle was hastily removed that night (but not before the image above was saved for posterity) and the text was later replaced with the following explanation:
“Our apologies for the previously published Moving Around Leith Page. Unfortunately a page used during a website training exercise was published in error during a hard refresh of the website. This issue is now being addressed.”
Suffice to say, it is a little bit disappointing that the spirit of Jeremy Beadle isn’t coming to Leith to help fix the roads – they need all the help they can get – and that we hope the whole incident has not lead to a “hard refresh” of any local council staff.
On a more positive note, Leith Walk councillor Nick Gardner has let it be known that as a result of a £12m budget increase for city roads: “each of the (six) Neighbourhood areas will be getting the use of a dedicated hot squad for a year, to focus on local Tarmac repairs.”
The repair teams will be able to do quick temporary repair jobs and larger “right first time” jobs. It is hoped they will be in place before June. So, if you want to make sure Leith gets it’s share of the pothole repair work, now could be a good time to start reporting holes.