Dear County Council,
I am writing to you because it has come to my attention that Ruins Hill, on Forest Lane, has very little safety conditions; which are resulting in villagers such as myself becoming injured in the process of getting clean water.
Firstly, I live in a small cottage with my husband Jack. Due to the economic downturn this year, we have been left living on the 'Bread Line', living hand to mouth while paying taxes. As you can assume, this means that neither I, nor my husband, can avoid to be off work with an injury. However, on the 14th and 15th of July, this was not the case. After walking two hours from his work to the hill in question, Jack managed the long walk up the hill with his pail. After collecting a pail of water, he slipped on wet grass and fell all the way to the bottom of the hill, allowing all the water to spill out onto the street. As a result, he has suffered severe injuries, especially to his head and lower back, which as caused him to take time off work to rest. This has subsequently left us an income short which means we shall have no money to buy food from the market and instead will have to suffice on stale bread and mouldy cheese – as we cannot afford to be behind on our bills and will have to suffice on leftovers. Of course, due to my husband's injuries, I had to fetch the water for use to bathe in, cook with and drink.
However, after my two hour journey, the same accident occurred to myself. I slipped on wet grass and tumbled down the hill in the same manner my poor husband did. This has led to both myself and my husband not being well enough to go to our factories to work. As a result, we are not only without food but also behind on our bills as we have no income to pay them with. Also, as you can assume we do not have the money to pay for hospital bills which has led to us tending to our injuries with our limited knowledge of first aid. I can assure you that vinegar and brown paper is not sufficient or effective treatment for concussion, bruises and gashes as well as other injuries we have sustained during our accidents, and has offered us little ease during our recovery. If it were not through the charity or neighbours and friends then I think my family would have dwindled into an even poorer state.
Finally, I am disgusted that the dire conditions of the hill have been ignored for so long. I think that once this letter comes to your attention that you assess the hill and put in place appropriate health and safety procedures before anymore residents incur more injuries. I am currently in talks with an attorney on my rights in regards to this situation and he will be in contact with you shortly.
Mrs Jill Jones.