Council leader compares the issue of fixing potholes to finding peace in the Middle East

Bucks Free Press: Martin Tett Martin Tett

THE leader of the county council compared solving the problems of potholes on our roads to bringing peace to the Middle East, at a recent meeting.

Martin Tett, leader of Bucks County Council, spoke at the council's AGM and debate last Thursday, in response to Twitter questions from members of the public.

He said people often ask him why the council has not fixed every pothole in the county.

Cllr Tett said: "It is a bit like trying to bring peace to the Middle East, I guess.

"The reality is the residents' expectations are quite reasonable. Why shouldn't we have every road in the county being really good? I can understand that.

"The reality is the cost of doing that is astronomic."

Cllr Tett said there is a big deficit in the amount of money needed to fix the roads in the county.

In the last year, he said, 17,000 potholes have been repaired and in the last three years the county has spent £50m on resurfacing road.

He said: "The real solution is not to fix the potholes. The real solution is to actually resurface these roads."

Over the next four years the county will spend a minimum of £60m on resurfacing roads, but this will only account for a proportion of the roads.

Cllr Tett said what is really needed is a substantial amount of money from central Government.

Later on in the meeting Cllr Tett emphasised the problem the council face, in terms of the public not realising all the work the council does.

He said: "The reality is that most residents judge us rightly or wrongly by two keys things... firstly is what do the roads look like?

"You know, can they drive without potholes? That is a key touchstone. If we do well on that they thinking we do well everywhere.

"If you do badly on that they think you run a rubbish show everywhere. So the roads are important.

"Secondly in terms of children's services and many of those things behind the scenes- they don't care, quite frankly.

"That is the really sad thing about it. What already eats up 60 per cent of our budget and is giving us all the pain are things the vast majority of our residents really don't have much visibility of."

He said improving the roads is a challenge for the county council but one they will strive to continue doing.

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3:56pm Thu 22 May 14

Dr Truth says...

I suspect the problems of the Middle East could be solved by throwing a vast sum of money at it somebody would have already tried that. A bit of a null and void analogy Mr Tett, try harder next time.
I suspect the problems of the Middle East could be solved by throwing a vast sum of money at it somebody would have already tried that. A bit of a null and void analogy Mr Tett, try harder next time. Dr Truth
  • Score: 4

3:56pm Thu 22 May 14

geoffW says...

Time to don your donkey jacket, Mr Tett, and get out there and do something positive for a change.
Time to don your donkey jacket, Mr Tett, and get out there and do something positive for a change. geoffW
  • Score: 3

4:00pm Thu 22 May 14

Dr Truth says...

Dr Truth wrote:
I suspect the problems of the Middle East could be solved by throwing a vast sum of money at it somebody would have already tried that. A bit of a null and void analogy Mr Tett, try harder next time.
or rather...

I suspect that if the problems of the Middle East could be solved by throwing a vast sum of money at it somebody would have already tried that. A bit of a null and void analogy Mr Tett, try harder next time.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Truth[/bold] wrote: I suspect the problems of the Middle East could be solved by throwing a vast sum of money at it somebody would have already tried that. A bit of a null and void analogy Mr Tett, try harder next time.[/p][/quote]or rather... I suspect that if the problems of the Middle East could be solved by throwing a vast sum of money at it somebody would have already tried that. A bit of a null and void analogy Mr Tett, try harder next time. Dr Truth
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11:54pm Thu 22 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Cllr Tett said: "It is a bit like trying to bring peace to the Middle East, I guess.’’.

What - the US and Israeli governments don’t really want a solution to the problem of potholes and everyone is going through the motions of trying with no intention of succeeding?
[italic] Cllr Tett said: "It is a bit like trying to bring peace to the Middle East, I guess.’’. [/italic] What - the US and Israeli governments don’t really want a solution to the problem of potholes and everyone is going through the motions of trying with no intention of succeeding?[italic] [/italic] Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: -2

11:57pm Thu 22 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Perhaps Councillor Tett should put Tony Blair on the problem once he has finally brought peace to the Middle East - Mr Blair has been Middle East Peace Envoy since leaving public office in this country so this should be soon.


(Though his webpage modestly refrains from mentioning it - see: http://www.tonyblair
office.org/pages/bio
graphy/)
Perhaps Councillor Tett should put Tony Blair on the problem once he has finally brought peace to the Middle East - Mr Blair has been Middle East Peace Envoy since leaving public office in this country so this should be soon. (Though his webpage modestly refrains from mentioning it - see: http://www.tonyblair office.org/pages/bio graphy/) Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

12:04am Fri 23 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
Cllr Tett said: "It is a bit like trying to bring peace to the Middle East, I guess.’’.

What - the US and Israeli governments don’t really want a solution to the problem of potholes and everyone is going through the motions of trying with no intention of succeeding?
Surely the problem of poor academic standards in in BCC education system is a better subject for comparison with the Middle East Peace process - nobody is prepared to describe it honestly and avow their real motives for letting the fiasco carry on, while pretending to be doing their best for all sides on an even-handed basis.
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: [italic] Cllr Tett said: "It is a bit like trying to bring peace to the Middle East, I guess.’’. [/italic] What - the US and Israeli governments don’t really want a solution to the problem of potholes and everyone is going through the motions of trying with no intention of succeeding?[italic] [/italic][/p][/quote]Surely the problem of poor academic standards in in BCC education system is a better subject for comparison with the Middle East Peace process - nobody is prepared to describe it honestly and avow their real motives for letting the fiasco carry on, while pretending to be doing their best for all sides on an even-handed basis. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 5

12:09am Fri 23 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Over the next four years the county will spend a minimum of £60m on resurfacing roads, but this will only account for a proportion of the roads.



A large proportion, a medium proportion or a small proportion I wonder - we shall never know for this is a report in the Bucks Free Press.
[italic] Over the next four years the county will spend a minimum of £60m on resurfacing roads, but this will only account for a proportion of the roads. [/italic] A large proportion, a medium proportion or a small proportion I wonder - we shall never know for this is a report in the Bucks Free Press. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 0

12:11am Fri 23 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Cllr Tett said what is really needed is a substantial amount of money from central Government.


But that is the socialist nanny state and throwing money at a problem - why don’t they privatise the roads in Bucks as it’s worked so well with the railways and public utilities?
[italic] Cllr Tett said what is really needed is a substantial amount of money from central Government. [/italic] But that is the socialist nanny state and throwing money at a problem - why don’t they [italic]privatise [/italic] the roads in Bucks as it’s worked so well with the railways and public utilities? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

12:30am Fri 23 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

"Secondly in terms of children's services and many of those things behind the scenes- they don't care, quite frankly.

I agree with that - if they really cared about education for instance Buckinghamshire voters would never vote for the party of the 11+.

Admittedly it is difficult to get information about education in this county - sometimes a Freedom of Information order is required. Nonetheless - if you had a left-wing Labour council that was singled out for special disapproving comment by the schools minister, and which had its ‘Cabinet member for education and training’ as head governor at a comprehensive school that was put into special measures - the Conservative party and press would be fall over pointing the finger at that council and braying disapproval at 'ideologues letting down our children'.

That is exactly what has happened in this county and no one bats an eyelid. Martin Tett is right over this if nothing else and no mistake - if people made any enquiry into, or took any notice of, what he and his fellow councillors were doing then they would all be ex-councillors in short order.


Wonder what David Laws will have to say about us next.
[italic] "Secondly in terms of children's services and many of those things behind the scenes- they don't care, quite frankly. [/italic] I agree with that - if they really cared about education for instance Buckinghamshire voters would never vote for the party of the 11+. Admittedly it is difficult to get information about education in this county - sometimes a Freedom of Information order is required. Nonetheless - if you had a left-wing Labour council that was singled out for special disapproving comment by the schools minister, and which had its ‘Cabinet member for education and training’ as head governor at a comprehensive school that was put into special measures - the Conservative party and press would be fall over pointing the finger at that council and braying disapproval at 'ideologues letting down our children'. That is exactly what has happened in this county and no one bats an eyelid. Martin Tett is right over this if nothing else and no mistake - if people made any enquiry into, or took any notice of, what he and his fellow councillors were doing then they would all be ex-councillors in short order. Wonder what David Laws will have to say about us next. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

12:35am Fri 23 May 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

"Middle East or pothole" - You have failed in solving wither one of them. So step aside and quit "land grab or power grab" ! You simply are not capable of holding responsibility for the expenditure on road repairs. Can you name me 50 roads that have been re-surfaced because at £1 million per road in High Wycombe, this is lavishly expensive. What are they coating the surface with ? Precious metal ?
"Middle East or pothole" - You have failed in solving wither one of them. So step aside and quit "land grab or power grab" ! You simply are not capable of holding responsibility for the expenditure on road repairs. Can you name me 50 roads that have been re-surfaced because at £1 million per road in High Wycombe, this is lavishly expensive. What are they coating the surface with ? Precious metal ? Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Fri 23 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Just a thought.

This is the second new stock photo we have had of Martin Tett.

The very first one made him look like Heinrich Himmler and I was disrespectful about it in these pages on those grounds. The next one made him look some kind of sinister pervert or alien baring his teeth in imitation of a good-natured human smile, and now this one is little better - rather as if he were enjoyably reliving in his mind some past evil crime.

When he came to High Wycombe and spent some time in Morrison’s recently, I stood near him and pretended to examine the salads while watching him closely as he chose some sandwiches to purchase at the end of the day, and he looked surprisingly normal.

I suspect Mr Tett’s problem may be that he simply does not photograph well - may I suggest that in future you represent him with an avatar - a photo of a bust of Caesar from the BM perhaps - carrying the words: ‘Cllr Martin Tett’s avatar’?
Just a thought. This is the second new stock photo we have had of Martin Tett. The very first one made him look like Heinrich Himmler and I was disrespectful about it in these pages on those grounds. The next one made him look some kind of sinister pervert or alien baring his teeth in imitation of a good-natured human smile, and now this one is little better - rather as if he were enjoyably reliving in his mind some past evil crime. When he came to High Wycombe and spent some time in Morrison’s recently, I stood near him and pretended to examine the salads while watching him closely as he chose some sandwiches to purchase at the end of the day, and he looked surprisingly normal. I suspect Mr Tett’s problem may be that he simply does not [italic]photograph[/italic] well - may I suggest that in future you represent him with an avatar - a photo of a bust of Caesar from the BM perhaps - carrying the words: ‘Cllr Martin Tett’s avatar’? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Sat 24 May 14

Scarletto says...

Repairing the potholes should be made the main mission of the county council for spending on our roads. Some other projects should be postponed so that money to be spent on them can be diverted.
Also, the over-excited "Undercover Euro Yob" sounds like a fully paid up strange person, more concerned about the appearance of Martin Tett.
Repairing the potholes should be made the main mission of the county council for spending on our roads. Some other projects should be postponed so that money to be spent on them can be diverted. Also, the over-excited "Undercover Euro Yob" sounds like a fully paid up strange person, more concerned about the appearance of Martin Tett. Scarletto
  • Score: 2

11:05pm Sat 24 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I am sorry you feel I am over-excited Scarletto - we have encountered each other before - you claim to have had experience of dealing with people with mental health problems and not being one.

(While being extremely well-adjusted yourself of course.)

Thank you for your post - it is while reading your posts that I feel at my most supremely well-adjusted.

(Is it true what Darren Hayday says about you?)
I am sorry you feel I am over-excited Scarletto - we have encountered each other before - you claim to have had experience of [italic] dealing [/italic]with people with mental health problems and not [italic] being[/italic] one. (While being extremely well-adjusted yourself of course.) Thank you for your post - it is while reading your posts that I feel at my most supremely well-adjusted. (Is it true what Darren Hayday says about you?) Undercover Euro Yob
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2:19pm Mon 26 May 14

Monty Cristo says...

Scarletto wrote:
Repairing the potholes should be made the main mission of the county council for spending on our roads. Some other projects should be postponed so that money to be spent on them can be diverted.
Also, the over-excited "Undercover Euro Yob" sounds like a fully paid up strange person, more concerned about the appearance of Martin Tett.
Completely agree with the first part of what you say. Some other projects like the new pedestrian access to the Rye are not essential and should have been postponed.
[quote][p][bold]Scarletto[/bold] wrote: Repairing the potholes should be made the main mission of the county council for spending on our roads. Some other projects should be postponed so that money to be spent on them can be diverted. Also, the over-excited "Undercover Euro Yob" sounds like a fully paid up strange person, more concerned about the appearance of Martin Tett.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with the first part of what you say. Some other projects like the new pedestrian access to the Rye are not essential and should have been postponed. Monty Cristo
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