- Local taxpayer have obviously lost because it has cost them substantially more money over the last ten years trying to complete the highway than it would have cost to resolve the problem 10 years ago.
- Local residents have lost because the adoption of the highway was delayed by an unnecessary extra 10 years.
- Road uses have lost because Cheshire County Council had to bodge the road in order to get it adopted.
- There appears to be only one winner in all this and that's the legal department at Cheshire County Council. In a sort of perverse job creation program they have managed to keep themselves in work trying to resolve a problem that could have been resolved 10 years earlier for a lot less money.
Hence the title of this post: Pyrrhic, of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans); "a Pyrrhic victory"
Ironically Cheshire County Council had another chance to resolve the problem once and for all when they recently asked me to accepts works on my land so they could finish the highway to fully adoptable standards. Unfortunately once again they refused to offer any compensation so I declined. The net result is the bodge today and even more work for the Cheshire County Council's legal (job creation) department and more cost for Cheshire County Council taxpayers.
Let's all hope that when Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority take over in April they do something about this significant waste of taxpayers money. All it takes is just one intransigent solicitor in their legal department who is more concerned with winning at any cost than resolving problems as cheaply as possible for the taxpayer.