Over two and a half years ago, I wrote about our idiotic Council.
I told how they had managed to destroy a perfectly good stretch of road. It was one of the most attractive roads in the neighbourhood, with its mossy stone walls and birch trees. It was narrow and winding, which meant everyone had to drive at a reasonable speed, allowing them to enjoy the beauty of it.
The arseholes in the Council spent a fortune on it, removing a bend or two and adding a couple more. They resurfaced it, and widened it. The old stone walls are now gone, and are replaced with massive, very expensive looking stone escarpments. I don’t know what the cost was, but it was a lot.
Of course, when the boy racers saw the new surface they tried to race it. However, for all the money that was spent, the road still isn’t any faster or safer. They still had an 80 kmph limit on it, which was always the limit. Anyone who drives at that speed will kill themselves for sure, and good riddance.
I drove down it recently. And what have they done now? They have reduced the speed limit to 50! Big fucking deal. I don’t know why they did that. No one could drive faster than 50 anyway. There is nowhere they could place a speed trap. Changing a speed limit involves changing signs, and it also involves changing by-laws. It is yet another case of throwing money at a problem that never existed in the first place.
The arseholes in the Council are always complaining about the lack of money. They have to cut back on all sorts of essentials because the coffers are dry.
For the last couple of weeks they have been working on my road.
The started by drawing little yellow boxes around any little dimple they could find in the surface, and now they are cutting out those dimples and resurfacing them.
It is a fact of life that the better the road surface, the faster the traffic. They are removing what were natural speed bumps and making a racing track on a road where children play. Once the work is finished, the speeds will go up. Then they will have to spend more money trying to slow people down again.
How much of their non-existent money are they spending on that exercise?