Surrounded by nothing more than acres of farmland and forests and with 1200 sheep and a thousand head of cattle to call neighbours does have its drawbacks … honestly!
Not many granted, but with this comes the farm vehicles trundling, or more often these days, zipping along the single track road that leads to our door, day after day. Huge, heavy things for the most part leaving the inevitable trail of dirt which we’re used to … who wants a clean sports car anyway?! This, together with the usual wear and tear from cars, delivery vehicles and the like has, over a number of years, left the road in a very sorry state.
There were times, at its worst (above), that I feared losing my MG in a pothole no matter how slowly and carefully I drove. We spent all our time apologising to, it has to be said, very understandable guests for the state of the road. The local authority promised us that we were on a list of roads needing attention but then lost their money in an Icelandic Bank!
Determined not to be cheated out of a desperately needed new surface his lordship got onto the case. Following a deluge of phone calls and emails they finally agreed to come and survey the road and promptly told us that the road was in an acceptable state and the Roads Manager told us that there were roads in the county in a far worse state.
“I wouldn’t be shouting that from the rooftops if I were responsible for them; I’d be too ashamed!” he was told, “Besides, your team surveyed the wrong road, we saw them!”
No amount of arguing persuaded him of the truth.
Then, out of the blue a few weeks later his lordship received a full apology. Having reviewed the data from his team, who had indeed driven up the wrong road, and following further investigation the road did indeed need resurfacing on a more urgent basis.
They came the following week and filled in the potholes – by laying tarmac on top of the mud filled holes which promptly washed away in the rain that afternoon! Furious phone calls and emails began again.
“It’s just a temporary measure, I promise you that you’ll get your new road very soon” we were told. “What a waste of money,” they were told!!
I’m glad we didn’t hold our breath … we did indeed get a new road – six months later and three weeks after the new Roads Manager was appointed!!
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