Roads will get worse if there are any more cuts

Roads will get worse if there are any more cuts

Roads will get worse if there are any more cuts

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CYCLING around the potholes along the Cowley Road recently, admiring that prevalent new art form that should be called ‘Impressionist road marking’, it occurred to me that the powers that be are no longer treating our road system as sustainable.

If the current Coalition Government’s cuts are followed by cuts under the next Government, then the fragmented state of our roads and eroded state of our road markings will become far worse. A single bad winter could do fundamental damage to the kind of patchwork repairs done to roads at present, and make many potholes far worse.

We have a group of political parties committed to spending cuts which mean elementary things that we should be able to take for granted are simply not being done.

The deep commitment of some political parties to maintain low taxes, especially for the richest households, is wrecking our road system for all users.

Couple this with undermining essential spending on the NHS, the environment and education, and we are witnessing a kind of ‘manufacturing of poverty’ in a comparatively rich country which has a variety of low taxes, access to tax havens and easy tax regimes for corporations that are very much against the common good. And I don’t care for the effects I feel through my saddle either.

Steve Dawe

County Press Officer

Oxfordshire Green Party

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Today’s letters

Where will the next vehicle come to rest?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

RECENTLY, probably in the hours of darkness, athe driver of a bright blue vehicle drove across the grass verge and into my newly rebuilt driveway wall opposite the Red Cow in Chesterton, causing considerable damage. There were no witnesses but there is paint residue on the bricks and the stonework. I would have thought so much more of that driver if he or she had come to the door and acknowledged what had happened.

Don't expect to get a receipt, apparently

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

WE had a boiler replaced by a small plumbing firm from Banbury. I asked for a receipt for the two cheques I issued, the warranties for the boiler and work done as well as the building regulations certificate.

Your report omits the main point of my speech

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

YOUR report on fees for care on February 25 has a nice picture of me, but omits the main point of my three-minute speech to the county council cabinet the previous day.

Why is my post delivered as late as 5.30pm?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

ONCE upon a time, you could almost tell the time of day by the delivery of post Royal Mail made in my road.

Seeing PC105 on his bike brought back memories

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

I WAS interested to see the letter from Mrs Parkinson, her late husband Ken taught me to ride a motorcycle, the one shown in the picture.

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2:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

so is the green party going to build us more roads then to help with the congestion?


no didnt think so.
so is the green party going to build us more roads then to help with the congestion? no didnt think so. yabbadabbadoo256
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10:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

This is really worrying...

The Green Party don't appear to know the difference between assets & savings "richest households" and income.

It's not unusual for the most vulnerable people in society to be asset rich and income poor.

But then, it's only 4 weeks since the same press officer was campaigning to stop 1600 social housing homes being built for some of the most vulnerable people in Oxford.

The Green Party appear to be swinging far further to the right than the Tories ever have.
This is really worrying... The Green Party don't appear to know the difference between assets & savings "richest households" and income. It's not unusual for the most vulnerable people in society to be asset rich and income poor. But then, it's only 4 weeks since the same press officer was campaigning to stop 1600 social housing homes being built for some of the most vulnerable people in Oxford. The Green Party appear to be swinging far further to the right than the Tories ever have. Andrew:Oxford
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