Sometimes I'm reading stuff and wonder in what world I'm living in. I'm not a person who complains a lot and I'm neither a very sceptic person, but I had to shake my head in disbelief a couple of times when I read a press release which happily announced that the Argyll and Bute council had won an award for road maintenance!! Road maintenance??? Yes, road maintenance, believe it or not. They have been named 'most improved performer' of the UK. Is that because they did little last year and a wee bit more this year? Do you call that an improvement? Who knows.... The last time I drove over Argyll's roads my suspension was nearly wrecked and I could just prevent an accident when I tried to avoid one of the many many potholes in the A83. Now that was March this year and I'm starting to wonder what I have been missing up till now. Have all the potholes been repaired? Have all the roads been resurfaced? Did a miracle happen? And what about the roads on Islay? The last thing I heard were bitter complaints from people and remarks about the good roads that were being resurfaced and the bad roads were left untouched, go figure! Continue reading.....
For some reason not known to me the council managed to receive an award for whatever they did on (some of) Argyll's roads. I'm sure the workers from the council are not to blame and they will definitely work hard for their money but somewhere higher up in the food chain I'm convinced some people have raised an eyebrowe or two themselves as well. After all they probably use these roads as well don't they? They must know in what sorry state these roads are in or not? To convince you that I'm not kidding I have quoted a couple of lines from the press release:
Argyll and Bute Council has been named â€˜Most Improved Performerâ€™ at a prestigious UK awards ceremony. The news was welcomed by Councillor Duncan MacIntyre, the authorityâ€™s spokesperson for Transportation and Infrastructure. 'These are national awards which recognise outstanding performance in local government front line services,' he said. 'Our success is a real credit to the council staff who work so hard to maintain and improve our roads network, who are so often the unsung heroes. 'Winning this award wonâ€™t change the way we operate. We will continue to do what we do best â€“ look at innovative and exciting solutions to maintaining and improving our roads network within the available funding.'
The comment box is open for your views and I hope someone out there can tell me that I really did miss something since March this year and that the roads are in an excellent condition as we speak.