RAT RUN - Many of you will have been inconvenienced by the one way system along Diplocks Way. This means having to use an alternative route to avoid being snarled in traffic in the High Street, or having to drive along the A22 north, down to the next roundabout - and then queue for quite a time to exit into an overcrowded B road. Nobody likes using this rat-run with all the speed bumps. It's a relatively new road and it is already potholed along its length.
Transport is the life blood of any nation. According to our Government website, a modern road network helps traffic move around the country more easily and is essential for economic growth. The present Conservative Government claim to have set out a long-term funding programme to create smooth, smart and sustainable roads. The say that their aim is to ensure that highways work is properly managed.
The Conservatives are saying one thing and doing another. The proof is in the pudding. Take a drive around your area and count the potholes. Note where they are and watch motorists dance around trying to miss the really bad holes in our roads.
Why are we still being charged Road Tax, when it is clear that the present Government under Theresa May are not conducting themselves in a manner fit to continue running the country. We'd be better off with Laurel and Hardy.
Take a look at these pictures, and maybe take a few of your own - being careful not to stand in any roads or cause inconvenience to other road users. Why not write to your MP, or the shadow government. Ask for some explanation as to where all of our money is going. Do we really need more nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers? Or, do we need decent roads for our everyday journeys to work and for all of those delivery drivers trying to get goods moving around the country.
POLITICS - If the state of an economy can be measured by the condition of the country's roads, we and neck high in a slurry pit of cow pats. Of course that is true, as anyone looking at our National Debt can see. But how did it get so bad? Where has all our income tax gone? Where has our Road Fund License money gone? Who is taking our money and spending it on other things we do not need. Is our Government corrupt or simply inept?
It's a blooming miracle that there are not more accidents. Every time you swerve to avoid damaging your suspension, you are making a maneuver that could lead to trouble. if you don't take avoiding action, then you will be damaging your tyres as they impact the sharp lip of these tarmac craters. That may not puncture your tyre right away, but with every similar encounter the construction of your rubber interface with our flexible road surfaces is weakened. Eventually, the carcass will give way and you will not be able to pinpoint the cause.
What happens if your tyre blows and cause your vehicle to swerve and hit a pedestrian or cyclist. How will you feel if you run over a child or pregnant woman, or a pensioner who is on their way back from the shops - expecting a safe return home.
You will be the one feeling bad or being prosecuted - not the state. It should be the other way around. The State should be prosecuted for negligence and in some cases: murder.
Our MP at the moment is Nusrat Ghani. It cannot be that she does not know about the mess our roads are in, but why take a chance. Write to Ms Ghani to get her on the record so that she is forced to do something about our appalling highways.
It is not just our roads. If any government allows such basic facilities as a road surface to deteriorate to the point where they are dangerous, what else are they not mending or tending to with due diligence.
We suspect that potholes are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of taking money for a service and then using that money for something else - all the while borrowing to underpin an aura that everything is okay in Blighty. It is not. You can see it for yourself on this page from a sample of photographs that we taken on one short trip from Hailsham. That was after noticing that potholes have not been repaired, but are much worse - all except one in Herstmonceux village - on a roundabout just before/after a school.
OTHER SIDE - In
case you did not know it, a rat-run is only popular because the road
planners have got their sums wrong and not made the main roads well
enough, or well planned enough to service local traffic. In this picture
we see the other side of the give-way sign - and yes, sure enough there
are potholes on the other side of the road. How come? Surely, East
Sussex County Council have a schedule of works to repair holes like this
as soon as they appear. You'd think so, but that would involve being
efficient and spending money where it is supposed to be spent. Wealden
are out borrowing money to buy land in Hailsham town centre - in the
process asking the rate payer to fund the interest payments. What then
of ESCC. Are they just as irresponsible? no wonder our Council Tax is
one of the highest in the country.
ROADS - Potholes in roads are not only dangerous, but also soak up energy with every bump that hinders progress. Pothole Politics is the name for policies that fail to address climate change (sustainable society) issues, but may apply to our pathetic record on adapting to meet the challenges ahead. How can we aim to better ourselves if we cannot even maintain the roads we have.
REPAIRED ONCE ALREADY - Not a bad blend in that one, pity it didn't last. This wear and tear may do better with a stronger repair compound. Who monitors the quality of the tarmac we use on our roads. Should not high traffic areas have a different mix to cope without constant repair after repair. Is there not a high speed repair machine? We certainly need one.
Map of the Wealden District showing the A21 and A22 as the main arteries for traffic. All roads in this district are is dire need of a re-vamp if we are to achieve a sustainable economy.
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Thomas Jefferson often referred to the term
'good government.' In his opinion,
a Government ought to be judged by how well it meets its legitimate objectives.
"Legitimate," being the operative word.