They View You As Livestock…

…and this type of farmer gets upset when the livestock thrives without his interference:

A Somerset man has set up his own temporary toll road after growing frustrated with a blocked commuter route between Bath and Bristol.
Mike Watts is charging motorists £2 (£1 for motorbikes) to use his bypass, made from rolled chippings, with the A431 between Bath and Bristol not due to re-open until the end of 2014.

Brilliant! A true entrepreneurial spirit, the essence of the ‘Big Society’ – who could disagree?

Well, those who se a threat to their own jobs if it starts to seem as if we could do without them, of course:

A council spokesman said: “It’s not just the planning, it’s the legal aspect of drivers using the road, and also safety.
“We appreciate the difficulties that local residents have experienced since the emergency closure and work has started to deliver a permanent solution as quickly as possible, but will not encourage proposals that have not been proven to be safe or compliant with statutory requirements.
“The council has no details to confirm the toll road design meets safety standards and no evidence that insurances are in place for any member of the public who uses the private toll road.”

I bet he didn’t produce an Environmental Impact Assessment or a Diversity Plan either…

3 comments for “They View You As Livestock…

  1. Stonyground
    August 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    You are a little late onto this story JM, it has already been covered by Longrider and Samizdata. The mentality of officialdom is fascinating though isn’t it. There is absolutely no skin off the council’s collective nose because of this guy’s toll road but they just have to be against it even if it is for absolutely no reason. Presumably once the original road is repaired the toll road will close anyway as it will no longer by viable. In the meantime he is providing a solution to the problem, what’s not to like?

    • August 17, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Yup, it’s a target rich environment at the moment, my ‘drafts’ folder is bulging! 😆

  2. john in cheshire
    August 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    In addition there is no compulsion to use it; which is more than can be said for most of what central and local government demands of us, including the bbc.

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