Ok no one like hearing that and I am not trying to wriggle out of my responsibilities but sometimes only so much can be done within reason.
Basically today I nearly killed myself and endangered other people in taking on a task I do not have the right equipment, experience or abilities for but is required by the powers that be. I tried to trim my enormous hedge under the directive of the council. It is not overgrown but it needs to be trimmed before it flowers which is a good 2 weeks off. I have professionals booked in to do this and they are coming next week but I thought I would make some kind of effort to address this situation myself just to keep the council happy. A few minutes into this gardening misadventure I cut through the electrical cable. It took me a few seconds to figure out why the trimmers had stopped and then bang 'CRUD MONKEYS!! That's live electricity!" so I bolted inside and turned it off and then had a minor heart attack at the potential outcome for not only myself but for anyone walking past. I was not touching it again. It was far to dangerous, my equipment was poked and it was so not worth the risk. Now I can handle myself dying from doing something inept, but I couldn't handle someone else being exposed to an unnecessary risk. There were kids around on scooters and bikes and people walking their dogs. The live cable was on the footpath for about 30 seconds until I disconnected it. A lot can happen in 30 seconds.
I don't want to be a drama lama but I really feel like telling the council that their directives have unintended consequences that could potentially get people killed and that I am not happy being forced into a situation of having to attempt something myself which clearly needs to be done by a professional just because they have their opinion on what needs to be done and when. My hedge has never flowered in the 9 years I have owned this property. I know when it needs to be done, and it is done and just because they have some silly list they have to tick off it seems they can dictate to people for their administrative convenience rather than seeing the practical sides of the matter.
What is the best approach when dealing with intractable organisations who you believe are operating outside their mandate and in an unreasonable manner? I have good mind to tell them it is just too bad and it will be done when my aborist determines is the best time but that seem a bit dismissive and high handed. Yes there was an element of tokenism about my efforts but I did feel I was being forced into it.