I've been to meet Llanbrynmair Community Council tonight to discuss issues of importance to that part of West Montgomeryshire. (No doubt, this will cause the usual comments asking why the Council should waste time talking to me.) It was great practice for my Welsh because Llanbrynmair is one of the rare Councils which conducts its business in the language of the gods. Anyway, one of the main issues of concern is inadequate investment in the roads of Montgomeryshire. And then I checked my emails and, lo and behold, this afternoon I'd received copy of a press release from Conservative Shadow Minister for Economic Development, David Melding informing me how displeased he is that there are now 200,000 potholes in Wales. My first reaction on being told of this dire position, was "How on earth does he know ?" Who's been out there counting them, and has he included the 8 potholes on the minor road to my mother-in-law's bungalow?
I don't think there is any denying that there are more potholes about than there used to be. Local authorities claim this is because they do not have enough money to fill them all in. There is now one pothole for every 15 people in Wales. and it leads to much inconvenience and cost. Only today, I had to replace a wrecked tyre on my car - probably caused by one of Montgomeryshire's potholes. And with my extra wide wheels, its not cheap. Perhaps there would be less potholes if shovels were bought for all those people who have been out there counting them. Potholes will be one of the issues which will feature in next weeks discusions amongst the 9 Conservative candidates from Montgomeryshire, who have put their names forward as candidates for next months Powys County Council elections.