Having had a real pop at the Post Office last year for their failure to maintain their St Albans pillar boxes and the consequent degradation of the street scene, I suppose I should be grateful that someone has been round with a pot of paint. Sadly closer examination of the box in Hillside Road shows that the new scarlet coat flatters to deceive. The previously peeling paint has just been painted over, the rust patches have not been rubbed down, I doubt that they were primed. A long hot summer and a wet winter and we will be back to where we were before. Together with broken paving stones and pot-holed roads, it just seems part and parcel of a generally shoddy attitude to maintaining the things that make the street scene and a cherishable public realm.