COMMENT: Power to the people after Tesco car park problems are solved

POWER most definitely belongs with the people this week in Yate.

Thanks to the persistence of a town councillor and the involvement of your local newspaper, the town’s biggest suprmarket has made immediate repairs to what could have been a very dangerous car park roof.

The retail giant had for months managed to dodge correspondence from Yate Town Council and ignored pleas of help from worried councillors. But thankfully, plucky Cllr Mike Robbins would not give up and with a little help from the Gazette, we got the company to fix the problems within days.

It is a pleasure to help solve situations which have been continuing for months on end and is always satisfying to see them resolved so quickly. But the real heroes in these David versus Goliath battles are the people willing to give up their time and energy in order to get a problem recognised in the first place.

The Cllr Robbins of our community are the ones who not only take note of what is going on around them but are prepared to stand up and do something about it.

All too often so many of us spot something not quite right and drive on by, get on with our shopping or keep walking. It is all too easy to think, someone else will sort that out.

If this unnecessary debacle with Tesco has taught us anything, it is simply that we need more people like Cllr Robbins in our lives.

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2:02pm Thu 31 Jan 13

herrflick says...

No what we really need is less people like Cllr Robbins.

If I vote for someone I expect them to address the real issues in the area, not persue petty issues that are really of trivial importance.

There is a gap in the concrete panels that form the loading bay area, as a result when it rains some water leaks on the car park below.
It's not a major structural defect and it's not going to see the supermarket aisles come crashing in the car park, despite what nonsensical hysteria the gazette might try and peddle to upsell the story.

What Cllr Robbins has done is waste vast amounts of time, effort and energy, pursuing something that is akin to complaining about someone’s blocked guttering.

Surely he would be better investing his time in campaigning about the forthcoming developments in Brimsham Park, considering he's supposed to represent Yate North! Sadly I live in different ward, so I'm unable do anything come Election Day.
No what we really need is less people like Cllr Robbins. If I vote for someone I expect them to address the real issues in the area, not persue petty issues that are really of trivial importance. There is a gap in the concrete panels that form the loading bay area, as a result when it rains some water leaks on the car park below. It's not a major structural defect and it's not going to see the supermarket aisles come crashing in the car park, despite what nonsensical hysteria the gazette might try and peddle to upsell the story. What Cllr Robbins has done is waste vast amounts of time, effort and energy, pursuing something that is akin to complaining about someone’s blocked guttering. Surely he would be better investing his time in campaigning about the forthcoming developments in Brimsham Park, considering he's supposed to represent Yate North! Sadly I live in different ward, so I'm unable do anything come Election Day. herrflick
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7:20pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Stevewhi says...

The Gazette has assisted a councillor highlight an issue that was causing a problem & until fixed; still is.

Whilst local issues are important, they fall into insignificance, when it comes to an issue that could have potential for a collapse. Everyone knows that water wins when confronted with metal and concrete. What hflick does not highlight & seems to be attempting to detract attention from is that, in other parts of the world where similar structural issues as this occurred, the shopping malls failed to act, resulting in cars falling through a two story mall. So congratulations to the Councillor whom we need more people to emulate his tenacity. Congrattulations to the Gazette and finally; thank you tesco for agreeing to fix these problems, please let us know when it's done. We d
The Gazette has assisted a councillor highlight an issue that was causing a problem & until fixed; still is. Whilst local issues are important, they fall into insignificance, when it comes to an issue that could have potential for a collapse. Everyone knows that water wins when confronted with metal and concrete. What hflick does not highlight & seems to be attempting to detract attention from is that, in other parts of the world where similar structural issues as this occurred, the shopping malls failed to act, resulting in cars falling through a two story mall. So congratulations to the Councillor whom we need more people to emulate his tenacity. Congrattulations to the Gazette and finally; thank you tesco for agreeing to fix these problems, please let us know when it's done. We d Stevewhi
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7:34am Sun 10 Feb 13

Arbs75 says...

At last Cllr Robbins has forced Tesco to repair their leaking drainpipe, we can all sleep at night safe in the knowledge water is not going to drip on our heads, never mind that the mindless vandals are still graffiti-ing and littering anything which doesn't move in Kingsgate park, dog owners are still allowed to let their hounds poop on our paths and pavements without any fear of prosecution, our roads are more pot holed than Bolivian mountain tracks causing untold damage to countless vehicles, of course all of this pales into insignificance as long as we don't get dripped on in Tesco's, Cllr Robbins get a grip and start championing the issues which really matter to the tax payers of Yate
At last Cllr Robbins has forced Tesco to repair their leaking drainpipe, we can all sleep at night safe in the knowledge water is not going to drip on our heads, never mind that the mindless vandals are still graffiti-ing and littering anything which doesn't move in Kingsgate park, dog owners are still allowed to let their hounds poop on our paths and pavements without any fear of prosecution, our roads are more pot holed than Bolivian mountain tracks causing untold damage to countless vehicles, of course all of this pales into insignificance as long as we don't get dripped on in Tesco's, Cllr Robbins get a grip and start championing the issues which really matter to the tax payers of Yate Arbs75
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