Then you go an spoil it all by saying something stupid …

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Telford & Wrekin Council have been deciding what services and budgets to cut after the British government cut their block grant by more than expected.

What they were talking about on local radio the other day was a bit of a mixed bag.

One good idea was requiring parents to opt in to free school milk.  Telford & Wrekin is one of very few English local authorities where all children are entitled to free school milk but one third of milk they buy in for schools is thrown away because the kids don’t want it.

Another good idea was switching off lights on rural roads and main roads outside of residential areas between midnight and 5am.  The Leader of the Council said on the radio that he has often wondered why we have lights on throughout the night on every road but not on motorways.  It’s a very good point – major roads and rural roads don’t need to be lit all night except around junctions and residential areas.

But then they spoiled the good ideas with a bloody stupid one – cutting the road and footpath repair budget again.  There isn’t enough money spent on repairing roads and footpaths already and spending less is a false economy.  Not repairing damaged pavements leaves the local authority open to legal action and it’s council tax payers that foot the bill.  But the main problem is with the roads.

If you don’t repair potholes before the winter the holes fill with water and then the water freezes.  When water freezes it expands which damages the road even more and makes the next repair even more expensive.  Cutting funding for road and footpath maintenance  doesn’t just cost more in the long term, it costs more in the short term – it will take literally only one or two years to see the increased costs cancelling out any savings from not spending as much on maintenance.


  1. George Ashcroft (122 comments) says:

    “The Leader of the Council said on the radio that he has often wondered why we have lights on throughout the night on every road but not on motorways”

    Well, perhaps his remedy is to switch them all off. Only an idiot and someone who seldom drives at night could think that. I nearly came a cropper the other night on the A442 in Telford with 3 three passengers on board. All the street lights were off and the reflectors on a pedestrian refuge were missing completely having already, at a guess, been hit by another vehicle. Pity the night workers who might have to use it to cross the road. I missed hitting into it by a fraction – had the street lights been on I would certainly have seen it in plenty of time.

    Lights are on so that motorists and pedestrians alike can spot hazzards! Tell the ‘strong leader’, who ‘doesn’t understand’ that that the reason why there are no street lights on motorways is because NO PEDESTRIANS CROSS MOTORWAYS!!!

  2. Dale Downward (1 comments) says:

    There is going to be a serious accident at one or more of these ridiculous pedestrian refuges you’re referring to. They are incredibly dangerous and I have myself hit the one. In addition to this I have had countless near misses despite knowing about them! I have an HGV class 1, a motorcycle and a car licence so therefore consider myself a very experienced driver from almost any drivers point of view. I feel sure I could come a cropper there regardless of the mode of transport. It genuinely has to be one of the most ill thought unsafe things I have ever come across. It’s just a matter of time before someone is killed and I wouldn’t mind guessing it’s going to be before Christmas! 2011!

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