We need the roads. We need to keep them in good repair, but is it necessary to close the road for so long, or so regularly? Perhaps the Council should compensate local businesses for loss of trade. That would push up the cost of road repairs, already high, and would mean council tax payers have to pay more, but isn’t this fair? After all, the whole community benefits from good roads, shouldn’t the whole community pay for them, instead of leaving the “hidden” costs to be borne by only a small number of people? It would also give the Council a big incentive to get the work done quickly and might even mean it is cost-effective to pay the extra for 24 hour working. What do you think?
My wife made a brave decision last week: she is going to stop driving. She has been driving since she was 14 (obviously not on the public roads) and it has often seemed that her life has revolved around her driving, so this is a big step for her to take. However, she has noticed that her powers of concentration and her reflexes have deteriorated over the years, as has her ability to keep an eye on what is going on around her while still concentrating on driving. So she decided to stop before she is the cause of an accident. This will certainly make life more difficult for her and our family but it was undoubtedly the right decision. I wish more elderly drivers had the courage to reach the same decision.
If people do not retire from driving voluntarily when they need to, it will ultimately be necessary to bring in compulsory retesting, and do we really want the extra bureaucracy and cost this would entail?
Surely the sensible thing would be to minimise the number of different types of waste the householder has to deal with and separate them at the recycling centre where Council employees can gain expertise in distinguishing one thing from another. Instead, Councils pile complexity on complexity: black bins, green bins, multi-coloured bags, and boxes and baskets. And then they wonder why recycling rates stay down. Are they stupid? Answers on a £50 note to the usual address (clue: the answer is a three letter word beginning with “y” and ending with “s”).