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RICKY'S RANT! REGULAR NEWS AND VIEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE'S
YOUNGEST FUTURE POLITICIAN, RICKY BARLOW

Ricky's Rant - Road Closures

Normally when a road is closed the Highways Maintenance normally put a piece in the local news or put a sign up to warn people 'avoid this road it's closed', but on Wednesday night Alton Road was closed, due to the road being resurfaced.

Yes, it probably needed doing, but it was very badly organized. I was travelling back from a Youth Council Meeting, and the traffic going out of Cantilupe road was monumental, so I advised the taxi driver, 'It may be easier to turn left and go along Alton Street to save time'. We got there and, to our amazement we had to turn around at the Ashburton and head back to the traffic which had built up in the town centre. In total, it took me 55 minutes to get back to Ross from Hereford when normally it only takes me 25 minutes!

Now Henry Street and the Ashburton Estate are closed, this begs the question, 'Why do the road works always seem to take place close to the Easter Holidays, when people are coming into to Ross and going away from Ross?'

Yes they may need to do the work, but why at a busy time of the year?

Ricky Barlow, Chair of RYF and HYC.

At a guess, Ricky: I would suggest that the reason most of the work 'needs' doing on the roads, and in particular, at this time of year is to make sure that every single penny of last year's budget is used up, thus ensuring that a larger amount can be budgeted for in the year to come. If the money was not spent, they may have to consider reducing our taxes and that would never do. Not that I'm a cynic or anything.

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