COUNTY COUN­CIL’S SELF PRO­MO­TION GALLING

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - JOHN HAT­TON Chal­font St Pot­hole

I read with ex­as­per­a­tion your ar­ti­cle on Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s (BCC’S) new fo­rum to have ‘dig­i­tal in our DNA’ to rev­o­lu­tionise our trans­port.

This is surely gloss­ing over the farce which they pre­side over when fix­ing our roads.

I have ob­served nu­mer­ous pot­holes which get filled, only to be re­filled when the fill has fallen out.

Hardly sur­pris­ing as re­pairs are car­ried when soak­ing wet and with no tar to bond and edge seal.

Un­der Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion, I asked how many needed re­fill­ing in the area in the past five years.

The an­swer, they do not know, they don’t store the in­for­ma­tion in a way they can re­trieve it.

Lucky for Ring­way Ja­cobs who does the work; the worse the qual­ity, the more they get paid.

Mark Shaw of BCC, who is paid in ex­cess of £150,000 to man­age the roads, did not an­swer my re­quest for a com­ment.

Maybe they need to spend less on vi­sion and more on the ba­sics.

This fol­lows on from the prior week’s ar­ti­cle on ed­u­ca­tion where BCC’s cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion was prais­ing their for­ward plan­ning for schools.

Can I re­mind them they were the prin­ci­pal cul­prits caus­ing the loss of the Holy Cross school fa­cil­i­ties in Chal­font St Pe­ter.

They were asked if there was need to re­tain the school fa­cil­i­ties; they said they did not know as they had not done a needs sur­vey.

Chiltern took that as a ‘no’ and res­i­dents in Chal­font know what fol­lowed.

No school and 600 new houses in the vil­lage with the like­li­hood of hun­dreds more to come in Chiltern’s lat­est plan.

The sur­vey has still not been car­ried out.

Not much for­ward plan­ning there; per­haps Mr Mo­hammed can tell us in BCC’s next self pro­mo­tion ar­ti­cle where the in­flux of chil­dren will be ed­u­cated?

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