Officials Threatening to Arrest Citizens who Repaired Neglected Roads

October 16, 2014   |   Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl
October 16, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) The roads in Doncaster, UK are cracked and full of potholes and the city council refused to fix them for decades.

After members of the community put together € 6,000 to fix a road and turn some of the potholes into speed bumps, the city council decided  to respond by digging up the fixed roads.

Not only that, but the council says they will have anyone who tries to fix them or prevent them from being dug up, arrested.

The residents asked the workers who were sent to dig up their road to stop, and the workers stopped out of respect, so the council got upset and threatened to arrest the residents.

This is a perfect example of the dysfunctional nature of bureaucratic big government.

A news article said,

“Children in one family were sent to school with plastic bags on their feet due to the mud and dust thrown up by vehicles was so bad that residents had to keep their windows shut in the height of summer.”

The city council previously claimed they had no jurisdiction over the roads and used that as the reason they did not fix them, but when residents fixed the problem themselves, they were told the council had the power to dig up their work and arrest anyone who resisted.

A 66 year-old man who lived there for 20 years with his wife said,

“The council have always said it is an unadopted road and not their responsibility. It doesn’t make sense that we’ve been complaining to them for decades to get the road fixed and yet after one complaint and no investigation they come and start digging up our new road.”

“Now they are happy for the road that the residents put in to stay but are saying the road is theirs and the bumps have to go. Does that mean they are going to now foot the bill for the work that has already been done? We feel completely let down by the council.”

This may be a perfect way to demonstrate the dysfunctional nature of the state, and could be used as a perfect incident to illustrate the functionality of the community vs. the functionality of the state when it comes to doing things for a neighborhood.

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Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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64 Comments

  1. Sounded okay until the mention of speed bumps… that's not exactly repairing the road, is it?

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  2. Are they not allowed in the UK to sue the city so the courts to decide? I think the citizens were correct in fixing the roads. If the city does not have jurisdiction over the road as they claimed before they should be sued for vandalizing it and forced to pay for repairs. If the city has the rights to do whatever to the road they should be sued for neglect and the personal injuries and automobile damages for the numerous years of neglect.

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  3. This is the most insane thing I have read this week! If they just destroy the roads and leave them, if I lives there I might loose it! V for Vendetta!

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  4. Even though I'm rather sure that firearms are banned/illegal in the UK perhaps some "armed intervention" is in order? Seems Government is out of control everywhere.

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  5. you can make bows and arrows that are very effective for under 20 dollars

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  6. It's their community.

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  7. But this isn't "big government." It's SMALL government. It's a City Council. People always talk about the Federal Government, but personally, I've never had a real problem with them. It's City Councils, Homeowners Associations, and Coop Boards that really get in your business.

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  8. The city also stated the road is not in their jurisdiction now suddenly it is?

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  9. A Government by the People, a Republic, should have no ego and no pride. It should be open to 100% criticism all the time, with zero compliments. Instead we ended up with an egotistical, narcissistic, overreaching tyrannical Government. One that believes they are the master, and the people the servants. One that believes nobody should act, without their proper consent. Hence, threatening to arrest people for paying for, and fixing their road. Because according to Obama, people would not have jobs if not for the Government and the infrastructure he believes it provides. Clearly the Government can do everything better than the private sector. Of course history proves that to be 100% false. History show Government to be inept, incompetent and arbitrary. The private sector is always the way to go when you want things done, and done right. This is the struggle in America right now. Summed up by a few potholes.

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  10. And what does Obama have to do with Great Britain? Read it again, this is in the UK.

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  11. Jeff Rothermel , read the article again. You've missed my point.

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  12. Brian Grustrag Akerly , read the article again. You're the one in for a surprise – assuming you want the truth, that is.

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  13. Either a) the city lied before, or b) neglected their duties, or c) is lying now. Take your pick, they are in the wrong.

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  14. I apologize if I seemed a little "Sue Happy" in my comment. I believe that suing should rarely, if ever, be the first option. It appealed to me that the incompetent city would only yield to a higher power. It is sad that the citizens failed in their attempts to direct the governing body in their duties. I was taught that the objective of a governing body is their duty to serve the best interest of their citizens.

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  15. if they would have just filled and leveled the repair, my guess is this wouldn't be happening but they got cute in adding a speed bump. that is actually an impairment to traffic in certain cases. still, that soesn;t make the governments stance on this whole thing extremely stupid.

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  16. Mist Form It is sad the citizenry do not enjoy the right to bear arms, as the courts are the least efficient way to bring corruption to heel. Everything you have said is quite correct, but the power to effect change only truly comes with the willingness to lay down ones life for that change. I don't want society degraded to that point, but until it is, they have no reason to listen to those they pretend to rule.

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  17. Sorry but I'm not even going to bother reading something that's happening in the UK. I'm sure they are just as corrupt as the US except their tax dollars fund the politician's krumpet and tea parties while our tax dollars fund politician's cocaine and underage prostitutes in Mexico

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  18. I'd wait til like 3am and throw in some roofing tar, cover it with that crushed bluestone, screw em, you'd be protecting drivers, and their ball joints

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  19. Refuses to read article because it doesn't pertain to him; still gives opinion of article as it pertains to him.. Murika

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  20. Don't the council members have familes that could be used in a manor to change their minds?

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  21. You aren't even allowed to carry a knife in the UK. You wouldn't get away with carrying a bow and arrow either unless you were on your way to an archery event.

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  22. Laura Carr You do realize Obama is related to the Royals??? He is 24th cousin to Prince Charles. So he has everything to do with Great Britain and why he never bowed to the Royals and shakes Queen Elizabeth II hand.

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  23. Sure it is, there are lots of streets around me with speed bumps!

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  24. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hold on I have to stop crying after reading your comment, NO, NO the GOVERNMENT doesn't get in your business at all, are you fucking kidding me… wtf

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  25. Michelle Charles-Maisonneuve I said *Personally I've* never had a problem. I didn't say that nobody had. I think the behavior of the TSA is a massive intrusion. But I don't fly. The only time I've ever had to deal with the IRS, they were fine – honestly, MUCH easier to deal with than my Municipal Tax Office. But that's my experience, it might not be yours. It's the local Assessor who doesn't just tax you, but comes into your house and counts your bathrooms to do it.

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  26. Obama's got nothing to do with it. It's a matter of these small government parties getting overzealous and believing they can just do whatever the hell they want to.

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  27. Mist Form That is Okay, a lawsuit is all that some people understand.. Just like staring down the barrel of a gun is all others understand. Many years ago I worked on a hog farm, we had a 4X4 post we used to get their attention, by cracking them over the head with it.. Anything less, and they just do what they want.. I learned back then, if you are not willing to do what it takes to get some ones attention, you might as well walk away and not even start.

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  28. Kaiden Hawthorn Kaiden, who is related to small government in UK??? They are related to Royals, in return related to Obama, and related to Rothschild. Everything about World Government all leads to those related to Rothschild, Obama to Royals to Big and/or Small Government. Every political figure around the world is related to Rothschild. If one of the relatives of Rothschild becomes a Liability they hang them and leak it to media sources.

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  29. They needed the funds to support all the nonwhites in their country. I'm sure they figured the roads dont need to be paved after the nonwhites drag the country into 3rd world status and they go back to riding horses.

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  30. Yeah good article except this part: "dysfunctional nature of bureaucratic big government". What you've described "city council" is small government not big. I agree: it's dysfunctional. Aaand I think I also agree that *big* government can be, and often is, dysfunctional as well.

    I think a big gov malfunction would be the (lack of a) Federal response to hurricane Katrina. See? Big government == big-time failures when it fails.

    This thing with the digging up of roads sounds petty and stupid (and don't misunderstand me it's also serious and wrong), and it smacks of some sort of long-running inner squabbles between those council members and the community members with the messed up roads.

    But it ain't an example of "big government" corruption–just small town local corruption.

    Furry cows moo and decompress.

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  31. It might be the best they could afford to do. Anyway, a speed bump is probably better than a pothole.

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  32. Chloe Belle De Vil Um, no he isn't and proper custom dictates that everyone, even the royal family, bows to the queen.

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  33. The far right media in the UK making headline news of five very well to do residents (who have nice private driveways to their homes from off the road) against one Department of one Council feels like UKIP propaganda. Our shadow Labour prime minister constituency is the town next door and where UKIP held their recent conference to 'park their tanks on Labours' front lawn'! Our state councils in the UK can be corrupt and inefficient but they also do much good to help those in the community who are in need. Richer countries like the US where there is less tax and less state intervention generally have worse facilities and worse outcome for the poorest people. The UK is becoming too like America. In my opinion we need benevolent state intervention AND communities coming together.

    As the residents put speed bumps in and this made access for a farmer difficult- they're hardly a good example of community spirit. The family with school kids should buy them Wellington boots (available cheaply in supermarkets all year round in rainy Yorkshire).

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  34. I have no issue with people fixing the road themselves – I'm certainly NOT siding with the council – but if they added the speed bumps themselves that weren't there before, well that's that's asking for trouble. Just saying.

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  35. Alan Cherry , Quite right.

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  36. Steve Winston asking for trouble from who is the question, the city stated it had no control over the road. They decided as a community to put speed bumps there, they raised money for it and as it says, one person complained, surely more but all we have is one. speed bumps can be a good thing depending on where they are. if thats what they want why is some government stepping out of their jurisdiction to prevent it? by all means that should be against the law, they are the ones asking for trouble, and i hope they get it in the form of a fine and repay those people who fixed the roads.

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  37. Chloe Belle De Vil oh wow, 24th you say? let me name all of my 24th cousins that I know or have ever met.

    Done. but since that was such a mind blowingly stupid reason I'm willing to pretend you didn't even say it and let you try again. Maybe something like "he went there once" or "he has the letters U and K in his name" either of which would have been far more convincing

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  38. They could have put the speed bumps in place to not only slow down the traffic, but to actually cover the shitty parts of the road.

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  39. Big surprise, a Republican who can't read. This article is about the UK. It has nothing to do with your delusions.

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  40. Travis Williams, I just want to apologize on behalf of all Americans for those of us who are idiots in the manner you describe. I assure you, we do have intelligent citizens who understand logic and reason. Unfortunately, though, our politics, media, and popular culture tend to be subsumed by idiocy. :-/

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  41. So, wtf does that have to do with anything? You do realize that this article is about the UK… Right?

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  42. So… Instead of having a shouting match and making assumptions, can we have a mature discussion about this? (Difficult on the Internet, I know.)

    I'm mainly predisposed to be sympathetic to the residents of course, but I'm curious about the speed bump issue? Of course, I don't know any of the relevant laws, regulations, etc. (especially since I don't live in the UK), but it seems like unilaterally adding a speed bump would be an issue? Like here in the US anyway, even if I got all my neighbors to agree to add a speed bump on my street, I'm pretty sure the city would be none too happy about it…

    Anyway, I completely recognize the council's hypocrisy. Clearly they seem to want it both ways, but in reality, either the road is their responsibility or it isn't. If it is, then they've clearly neglected it (especially since someone's car was damaged by the potholes), but if not, then of course they have no grounds to mess with the road.

    But… considering it seems to be some kind of public road, who would be responsible for it if the local council isn't? The national government or something? Because in any case, as I mentioned before, it doesn't seem quite right that they can just unilaterally add a speed bump when they're not the only ones who use the road.

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  43. Carlo, when people say, big government, they are referring to government with lots of control and lots of rules. These rules might be delegated to small city officials and whatnot, but is a trickle down from big government, which the UK very much has. And when government (even if it's local officials or council members) has most or all the power, the people have no where to turn when it's unjust. And as some HOA's might be a royal pain, there is usually some measure of action that can be taken when it's gone too far!

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  44. Sue happy is a terrible phrase. Please use litigious instead.

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  45. Michelle Charles-Maisonneuve Its not funny that our govt is hopelessly corrupt and killing us. The govt doesn't get in yr business? So you don't pay property taxes, taxes on yr wages/salary, have licenses to drive, cut hair or go fishing? So the NSA isn't blanket spying on the whole nation and other nations even tho they admitted it? So you don't have to take off yr shoes, belt or jacket to get on a plane? So you've never been stopped by a pig and forced to sign some stupid ticket? You must be a troll or retarded. Or both.

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  46. Luke Cage You are commenting on the wrong person.. It was Carlo Fortunato that said he's never had a problem with the Federal Government. (probably because he is clueless as to what his rights are and what the federal government is suppose to be.) Michelle Charles-Maisonneuve was pointing out how insane of a statement that is..

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  47. If you have separate levels of government for different sizes of jurisdiction, you have a big government.

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  48. didn't pay attention to where… if it was in the US it would have applied

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  49. Brian Grustrag Akerly :yup, Speed bumps have been proven in study after study to delay the response time of larger emergency vehicles and have even resulted in deaths, not to mention damage to personal vehicles.

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  50. They could've got it fixed, but instead they put in a speed bump, as if they're allowed to do that. I think that's the issue here. ;p

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  51. And two armed gun towers ready to shoot anyone they don't want coming on their road? :B

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  52. Kevin Rouse im not firmiliar with the laws of the uk but i'm pretty sure murder is illegal so no, they could not. as with a toll gate, again, against the law.

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  53. They did not repair the road, they CHANGED the road. Even if the council has no control over the road, people can't change roads as they want.

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