…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…