In September 2013, more than 2 years ago, the Slough Times spotted the lose traffic lights cables laying on the road in Montrose Avenue, outside Sainsbury's supermarket. One cable was broken. Two potholes could clearly be seen - but only if one opened one's eyes.
Thinking Slough Unitary Authority, the real title of wasteful and failing Slough Borough Council, would soon repair the conspicuous potholes, a few metres (or yards) from the busy Farnham Road, the Slough Times waited.
5 months later in February 2014, Slough Council were still ignoring these
invisible potholes, so the Slough
Times began photographing them every few months as evidence of Slough
Council's persistent neglect and its deliberate refusal to repair the roads.
On 30 July 2015, the Council's Highways told the Slough Times:-
The Slough Times can not understand why Montrose Avenue is in a disgusting and neglected condition if the council had truthfully been checking the surface of this road regularly for the last 2 years and 1 month.
Critics are humorously asking whether council chief executive Ruth Bagley, annual salary package £186,000, will claim the potholes were made by alien space invaders when the council was not looking.
Opposition councillors say it is time for the council to make a sincere public apology to the citizens of Slough for taking their money and not doing the job.
However those who know Slough Council, know that this Labour-run local authority
has had a
no blame policy for more than 20 years. No one at the council
ever takes the blame and council bosses never ever apologise.
If anyone is wrong, then it is always the public at fault; never ever the council.
The responsible Labour politicians running ('ruining' ?) Slough are council
leader Rob Anderson (Britwell East) and deputy leader James Swindlehurst
(Cippenham West / Cippenham Green). Together these arrogant
are responsible for the £12 million Slug bus station and other money
wasting disasters blighting the lives of ordinary people throughout Slough.
Around the bend in Montrose Avenue are more examples of council neglect.
The Slough Times has asked the council for copies of all Montrose Avenue inspection reports since 1 September 2013.