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Friday, 17 February 2012

Waders on, inching forward

So I have now been given further clarification on our crop loss issue from the civil servant, employed by the other civil servant (who is reportedly being "a little obstructive"), who, in the grand scheme of things, is employed by us, the Great British Public.

It now appears that the crop loss is not being considered for payment because it is a drainage issue.  Huh?  Of course, it's a drainage issue.  As we have been telling you, we lost our crop because the Civil Engineers (that's a misnomer if ever there was one - civility was not their strong point during the build) obliterated the drainage system and then didn't do any remedial work.  With me so far?

Apparently we are being over optimistic by claiming twice for a drainage issue.  We are claiming for a new land drainage system across the field that was cut in half by the new road.  Why are we claiming for crop loss as well?  Er.... let me think......because we are farmers and what we produce is crops and we haven't been able to produce a crop on that particular piece of land for three years because of the work carried out by the Highways Agency.......Is it SO hard to understand?

Let me put it another way.  The Government Agency comes into your office, commandeers a part of it and then cuts off your electricity, so your computers don't work.  There is nothing you can do about the loss of office space - it has been Compulsory Purchased.  However, imagine your loss of business if they refused to reconnect the electricity supply?

Perhaps I shall email this to the parties concerned.  Being desk bound civil servants, perhaps this is something they would understand............

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