Sometimes there aren’t enough words to express how I feel about the worsening state of our roads and pavements, with the lack of investment causing problems for motorists and pedestrians.
Several roads in the area are now exceptionally difficult to negotiate, including the route from Trewennack to Gweek that now incorporates a bollard in the middle of the road to warn motorists of large potholes.
Cornwall Council seem to find money to invest in unnecessary road layout changes, such as Treluswell Roundabout, yet appear to be seriously neglecting other highways.
I have lost count of the number of roads I use on a regular basis which make for an uncomfortable drive. Several motorcyclists have also told me that some main roads pose a real danger with decaying road surfaces.
Pavements in the region are no better with water collecting in large pools on uneven surfaces. Like many local residents, I walk along the pavements around Helston during my daily dog walks yet need to choose the route carefully in wet weather as many pathways become completely unusable.
One example such is the the stretch between Turnpike and the Fire Station.This narrow section of pavement is often completely flooded, which is a concern as it is the route to school for many children and they will often avoid the water by walking in the road. Sadly, I can think of at least a dozen areas around the town which has exactly the same problem.
Although I appreciate that wet weather poses several problems, it would be less of an issue if suitable soakaway solutions were designed in problematical areas or if the pavements were angled so as to not act as meeting points for water.
It is not just the annoyance of wet feet which troubles me, many areas of pavements are cracked and could cause an injury. Several places have broken tarmac or protruding slabs that create a trip hazard.
Having stumbled myself in some places when not paying close enough attention I can only imagine the challenge this poses to the less mobile and visually impaired.
Last year the government set aside £75 million for essential road maintenance on 19 projects throughout the UK, with £5million allocated to Cornwall.
Critics point out this investment is nowhere near enough to address the the problem and the lack of further funding is a false economy. How can you solve a long-term problem with such a short-term solution?