Serious hazard to those who hit them

I WOULD imagine that if a local authority failed to undertake a legal obligation to prevent harm befalling its citizens then it might be deemed irresponsible in the extreme.

I WOULD imagine that if a local authority failed to undertake a legal obligation to prevent harm befalling its citizens then it might be deemed irresponsible in the extreme.

In this instance I refer to three broad and six-inch deep, 'craters' that have appeared in the road near 'The Brow' on Bristol Road. These have been there for at least two weeks and cause, among others, motorcycles to swerve between and around them because failing to do so would undoubtedly bring them down.

These holes are a serious hazard to those who hit them and to those taking collision-avoidance actions along that slalom course.

This is not a road maintenance issue, this is a threat to life and should not have existed for 14 hours; the hazard has existed for a least 14 days.


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Obviously Councillor Ap Rees doesn't live in that area of the town and is busy making council tax savings by possibly sliding some council responsibilities across to the A & E Department of the hospital.

Having made a careful study of the state of the roads in Weston, it is painfully obvious that 90 percent of the surface damage is the result of shoddy repair and 'making good', following work undertaken by both council-contracted and utilities workmen.

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Surely, as these are our roads we can expect, and demand, that a survey of any repair work is undertaken immediately after, and six months after completion and remuneration partly withheld or restitution demanded if fly-by-night work quality is evident.

The council will have a specialist 'operative' to inflict punishment on us for any minute infringement of a by-law, but runs, shy and blushing, from hard guys with pick axes and pick-ups; and we pay the price.

And one more question, if I may; does the distant management of the abysmal, out-of-order mess that passes for a main post office in Regent Street really think that, by maintaining and even exaggerating it as such, we shall welcome its thus inevitable closure and likely franchise to WH Smith, or suchlike?

Not if the experiences of the citizens of Worcester, and queues down the High Street, are an example. Be warned.

PAUL HUNTER

Trewartha Park, Weston

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