Opinion

Driving is going to pot

By Nik Butler

Given the continued expansion of potholes within our county, along with the deterioration of the yellow lines accompanied by the increase in vehicle parking, which ignores many of the basic tenets of the highway code, one can only assume that there is a drive (pardon the pun) to discourage any form of motoring in Sussex.

Who needs a campaign to reduce traffic speeds when potholes and wing mirrors serve as a cost effective deterrent to motoring at any speed down our carriageways?

Add to the cost of motoring the parking charges now designed to catch you unawares of an evening. Yet they provide a good reason to explain why you could not afford your gratuity of your evening meal: “So sorry, dear waiter, but I have to fill the meter for my car, not cover your minimum wage”.

Of course the council has to raise revenues and pay for services through some process; it’s not that any of us expect our council tax to have been used to pay for anything more than an iPad or an election.

You have to wonder, though, where was the foresight in spending, or the educated awareness that costs inevitably increase? Why should we accept that the cupboards of commitment are bare when the stewards of those resources were responsible for those plans in previous elections?

Garden waste charges moved from council funding to individual responsibility in the mid-point of a council’s lifecycle has the skeptic in me wondering if these moves would have occurred had elections been more imminent?

If experience teaches us anything, though, it is that many of the enraged voices of the community are usually willing only to poke questions online or in the press but rarely will they actively move to stand on the ballot to get things done.

Maybe we should start a kickstarter campaign to get those potholes filled or quite possibly we expect to use the bubblegum scrapings from West Street to fill those deep menaces.

Not that I want to give the council any more ideas, after all not every member of Horsham district benefits from a working road infrastructure so why should they be expected to pay for the increase that would inevitably be required?

The answer however is staring us all in the face – we should melt down the remaining garden waste bins and use the resulting material to replenish our highways.

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