Can you imagine the uproar if VOSA (the organisation that manages MOTs for vehicles), in order to save money, decided, rather than bringing their own vehicles up to the normal standard necessary to pass an MOT they would simply reduce the standard for their own vehicles!
Well that's exactly what Cheshire County Council has done with the roadway in the vicinity of my property. In order to save money (they think, see ironic twist later), they have simply reduced the standards to well below those they would normally accept from a developer.
In the MOT analogy above, the downside is that unsafe vehicles would be on the road creating a significant risk factor for VOSA. In the Cheshire County Council case the downside is that the highway in the vicinity of my property is still unsafe creating a significant risk factor for them.
Time will tell, it eventually does!