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DebnCreme Sun 09-Mar-14 15:32:25

If the roads in other areas are the same as ours, this will barely scratch the surface. (pun sort of intended). I daren't cycle any more, the roads are too dangerous.

Charleygirl Sun 09-Mar-14 15:36:41

DebnCreme please do not worry, we appear to have loads of money. I discovered today that "call me Dave" has decided to donate one billion pounds to the Ukraine. My finger did not slip, it is one billion. Very magnanimous of him.

DebnCreme Sun 09-Mar-14 15:47:54

Just so long as we have plenty of money hmm I should hate for the roads in our area to be left out, particularly after so many years of remaining untouched in the interests of reducing council costs!

kittylester Sun 09-Mar-14 15:56:57

I made gf lemon drizzle cake yesterday that I could let them have at a reduced rate - I'm sure it would be brilliant!! grin

Sorry - as you were, serious thread.

DebnCreme Sun 09-Mar-14 20:30:39

Serious and yet not too serious kitty, but not sure whether your delicious cake would be destined for the Ukraine or to feed the council's road builders? grin

Soutra Sun 09-Mar-14 21:06:44

It is said that we used to drive on the left in this country, now we drive on what is left of the roads.

kittylester Sun 09-Mar-14 21:14:29

My cake was for the holes - it was 'solid' grin

Ana Sun 09-Mar-14 21:14:49

I thought kitty meant her cake would be ideal for filling in potholes! grin

DebnCreme Sun 09-Mar-14 21:42:34

There's me trying to be tactful grin. like your comment soutra and so very true.

annodomini Sun 09-Mar-14 22:34:36

Sounds ideal for our road, kitty. The main shopping area of our small town has been tarted up, but as soon as you get further up the road, the surface of both footway and roadway deteriorates hugely. It's the same everywhere. One of my friends has had to have new springs on her car and the mechanic reckoned this was due to the condition of the highways.

mollie65 Mon 10-Mar-14 08:11:39

near me the lanes have become a honeycomb of dips and holes - rxcept for one where the holes have been tarmacked in - maybe someone important lives along it (and no it is not me grin ).
I realise Herefordshire has a lot of roads and a small population so this may explain why 'minor roads' do not get any attention hmm there is even talk of leaving these roads to fend for themselves as it were - they are already not cleared or salted in the winter.angry
I live about 300 yards down a track shared with neighbour and farmer (who is worst for churning it up] but at least one can proceed at walking pace and take the pot-holes with caution - if you don't know the council road and hit a hole/chasm at speed that is different.
can we have a 'money is no object' attitude towards the state of our roads?

Soutra Mon 10-Mar-14 08:43:17

I suspect that "the great and the good" in their Chelsea tractors have no idea of how the other half live without 4x4s.

annodomini Mon 10-Mar-14 09:20:46

Pot-holes=traffic calming!

durhamjen Mon 10-Mar-14 14:50:00;_ylu=X3oDMTE1M2c3ZG1hBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2lyZAR2dGlkA01TWVVLMDZfNzk-/RV=2/RE=1394491585/RO=10/
Have done it twice, and the pothole has been filled in within a week.

DebnCreme Mon 10-Mar-14 16:35:00

Thanks for that durhamjen have sent off but it is difficult when the problem is over a wide area. Will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens.

Mishap Mon 10-Mar-14 20:50:22

The roads round here are simply vanishing. I live in the country and the roads here are simply not seen as a priority because there are insufficient people affected by it. Our lane is, quite literally, crumbling away, from potholes which extend all the way across the road, to incursion from the sides as the edges fall away. It is only a matter of time before it becomes completely unnegotiable. The council appear now and again and bung a bit of tarmac in a hole - I am intrigued to know how they make the decision as to which! - and then drive off over all the other potholes. Sigh.

durhamjen Mon 10-Mar-14 21:05:25

If you complain to your council, they should fill the hole in, because otherwise they would leave themselves open to a legal dispute. It costs councils less to fill the holes in than pay the fines. If there are three holes in one road and they fill one in, that's the one they've had the complaint about.

mollie65 Mon 10-Mar-14 21:22:06

mishap your roads sound very similar to mine
see the link for the 'possibility' of single track country lanes being abandoned as too costly to maintain
think some are already being abandoned in my area.shock

rosequartz Mon 10-Mar-14 22:02:19

Kitty, my gf pastry would be good as well, it would last for years, even the birds didn't want it.

Surely this money is over and above the money the LAs should be spending on mendkng potholes anyway?

A result of many years of neglect by all persuasions of government, exacerbated by the weather. Roads which should have been properly resurfaced have been 'patched up' for years.