Don't Let The Buggers Grind You Down!
Or you may end up paying out ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 08/10/2019 @ 8:00AM
Last week, I had a bit of a todo with Anglian Water. We had a leak outside our offices, which was flowing down the road ...
If I had been elderly or of a more agreeable character, they may have frightened me into paying!
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All of us at Clickers Yard in Olney contacted them to get something done about it yet Anglian Water insisted that, for some obscure reason, it was my problem and refused to come out.
"The fact that the leak was well outside of my water meter and coming from a road I didn't own seemed of no importance!"
I spoke to them at length at the office, but they were insistent that it was my responsibility and that I needed to get experts out. I said that I could turn off the stop cock at the bottom of the road which would immediately stop the leak, but that it would also stop five other properties from having any water.
They advised me not to do that as it might cause problems. I explained that I wanted to cause problems so as to stop the wastage and to get something done. But they were adamant. Not their problem and they weren't insured to do such work! Also, if I didn't carry out the repair work myself, they could take me to court.
Ok, so it wasn't gushing down the street and washing cars away, but it's the principle of the matter!
So, in the end, I put a photo on twitter and facebook and included the MK Citizen and our local MP. Hey presto, it was my most astounding magic trick of the year as suddenly they became insured to do the work and within two days it was done.
"I must say the people who came out to do it
were excellent and very friendly!"
But the concern here is that had I been elderly or of a more agreeable character, they may have frightened me into paying out a lot of cash to get something fixed that wasn't my responsibility. And that is just wrong.
So, my motto here is 'be polite, but fight'. And don't let the buggers grind you down!
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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