All Politics is Local

From the (not very) sublime to the (only faintly) ridiculous – having trod the corridors of power on Tuesday, Monday will see me back at the community council, discussing – I feel sure, because the village speaks of nothing else these days – potholes*. Oh and bus shelters, but that’s another story.

That said, while meeting with the minister leaves you with nothing but the dawning realisation that you have been fobbed off, the community council would appear to wield more power. For with the meeting looming and the agenda distributed, lo and behold we have had another visit from the tarmac fairy along our road, the road that, coincidentally, 50% of the community council will drive down to attend the meeting. And this time she has actually managed to lay some relatively flat tarmac, rather than the usual dropped-from-a-spade-and-trod-down-will-this-do job.

It doesn’t exactly amount to a properly fixed road, but it reduces the chances of me personally flying off my bike and landing in a patch of nettles by approximately 50%.

Safer cycling, indeed

* With a possible side excursion into dog poo

5 Responses to All Politics is Local

  1. commuterjohn says:

    The only good point for shovel fulls of tarmac in a pot hole is you can see them on a wet day, unlike potholes who either lurk with nothing more than a splash in them up to a trip down to the centre of the earth!

  2. Andy in Germany says:

    It always amazes me how bad roads in the UK seem to get. I well remember using trail tyres on my commuter bike when I lived in Somerset because I figured that the roads there were not really a step up from singletrack.

  3. disgruntled says:

    John – mostly I avoid them, but if someone is overtaking then it’s nice to know that hitting the pothole *won’t* involve a trip to the centre of the earth
    Andy – I had a knobbly-tyred hybrid for ages for the same reason. The touring bike is much faster though!

  4. Kim says:

    Good to see that all this wandering the corridors of power hasn’t changed you… 😉

    Me? I just get lost and have to ask the cleaner for the way out…

  5. […] properly patch our road – and I can’t help but notice that once again this happens in the run up to the next community council meeting. Perhaps we should go back to meeting […]

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