These public servants, and all those volunteers who gave up their time to assist, should never be taken for granted. From council gritting crews to those restoring electricity supplies, they’re key workers deserving the same respect afforded to NHS and frontline staff during the Covid pandemic.
But this newspaper has just one small quibble. The failure, for whatever reason, of councils like Leeds to clear pavements of leaves that had fallen in recent weeks does create, in turn, even more treacherous underfoot conditions for pedestrians, thereby putting public safety at greater risk at a time when hospitals and 999 ambulance crews are already stretched to the limit.
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