From: Shaun Kavanagh, Leeds.
HAVING watched the TV coverage of the recent appearance of the Tokyo sinkhole and the recent Ripon one, plus the bridge collapse in Tadcaster many months ago, the Japanese put this country to shame.
Tokyo repaired their 30 metre wide by 30 feet deep hole in a week, from start to finish including the reopening of the road and inclusive of the repairs to a number of sewers.
The Mayor of Tokyo then publicly apologised for the works over running by a day, and that was only because of bad weather.How fantastic was that repair, and in just a week?
Yet some residents in Ripon will probably not see a return to their homes for months, with Christmas just around the corner and Tadcaster has already experienced month after month of inconvenience.
What is the betting both these Yorkshire communities will be in the same state for many months with consultations, meetings, then more meetings with bureaucracy ensuring delay after delay, all of which costs thousands, if not millions, of wasted time and money?