Elderly Loudwater cyclist is dreading more pot holes

Elderly cyclist dreading more pot holes

Clive Twitchen

A pot hole in Flackwell Heath

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A 75-YEAR-OLD cyclist is dreading new pot holes that are set to appear, and says peddling High Wycombe's roads is already “like doing an army assault course”.

Clive Twitchen said: “I've been cycling in the town for more than 60 years and I don't remember the roads ever being this bad.

“I just feel sorry for all the people who pay road tax. I use the London Road every day and it's been terrible over the last seven years.”

“People keep on saying 'where does all the money go' – if everybody knew that one there would be a revolution.”

The Loudwater man has been weaving between the pot holes which opened after the last icy period in December and warned there will be more on the way.

Buckinghamshire County Council has today turned its attention to pot holes and sent two crews out to fix them on emergency routes, which have been cleared by gritters.

Many secondary roads are still covered in snow and ice and the council is now gritting these before pot hole teams can move onto them.

Road tax ends up in the Government's coffers and it is hard to trace exactly where the money is spent.

The Government funds a large potion of Buckinghamshire County Council's budget, as well as the Highways Agency, which looks after motorways and major trunk roads.

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12:55pm Tue 12 Jan 10

carltonreid says...

If Mr Twitchen is a UK tax payer he *does* pay for 'road tax', as roads are built and maintained through general and local taxation.

'Road tax' was abolished when Mr Twitchen was one year old. It was scrapped by Winston Churchill.

What we have now is VED, Vehicle Excise Duty, or 'car tax'.

This, indeed, all disappears into the Government's coffers; with none of it ring-fenced for roads.

All of this is explained on a site called http://ipayroadtax.c
om

This was created to rebut those claims that 'road tax' (a) exists and (b) pays for roads. We all pay for roads, non car owners as well as car owners.

There's a very good website to use for reporting potholes. http://www.fillthath
ole.org.uk This is run by cyclists' organistion CTC.
If Mr Twitchen is a UK tax payer he *does* pay for 'road tax', as roads are built and maintained through general and local taxation. 'Road tax' was abolished when Mr Twitchen was one year old. It was scrapped by Winston Churchill. What we have now is VED, Vehicle Excise Duty, or 'car tax'. This, indeed, all disappears into the Government's coffers; with none of it ring-fenced for roads. All of this is explained on a site called http://ipayroadtax.c om This was created to rebut those claims that 'road tax' (a) exists and (b) pays for roads. We all pay for roads, non car owners as well as car owners. There's a very good website to use for reporting potholes. http://www.fillthath ole.org.uk This is run by cyclists' organistion CTC. carltonreid
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5:59pm Tue 12 Jan 10

motco says...

Quote: "A 75-YEAR-OLD cyclist is dreading new pot holes that are set to appear, and says peddling High Wycombe's roads is already “like doing an army assault course”. "

What the hell is this man doing trying to sell our roads. He should spend his time pedalling his bike instead!
Quote: "A 75-YEAR-OLD cyclist is dreading new pot holes that are set to appear, and says peddling High Wycombe's roads is already “like doing an army assault course”. " What the hell is this man doing trying to sell our roads. He should spend his time pedalling his bike instead! motco
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