“Are we in the middle of a civil war?” asked the guest at the Damson Dene, “Driving along here this morning I could have sworn I was in Kosovo. Have you seen the state of these roads?” Suitably stung into action by these barbed comments I set off with my Flip video camera to see for myself. The road in question used to be the main access road from the South to Windermere, and although it is less well used now since the dual carriage-way was built, it’s still an important access road. It’s not a pretty sight- the state of it justified every ounce of sarcasm from the guest. For good measure I also photographed the decaying signage. at the side of the road.
Surely these conditions are inevitable now that the councils run out of money? Unfortunately that’s by no means the whole story. The policy of neglect long predates the current constraints. I took photos of the decaying signs three years ago. This civil war has been raging for a long, long time.