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Thursday, 5 December 2013

More scandal?

If you were hoping for more tales of murder, prostitution and teahouse brawls, I'm afraid you are going to be disappointed.

I don't have much faith these days in those people in positions of power, or responsible for decision making.  There is so much corruption and it starts at the top.

After all, our esteemed prime minister had a vested interest in destroying and re-developing the park in Istanbul which was the start of all the demonstrations in recent months.  The contract for re-development had of course been given to his son-in-law.   And to think that people were killed and badly injured because they felt they should have the right to an opinion. 

Getting back to our village.   The roads are dreadful.  Two years ago some of them at the bottom of the village were repaired.   But we are still waiting for the rest to be done.  Mr A's truck has been damaged countless times since we bought it.  We are constantly taking it into the workshop in Milas to repair the damage caused by the roads full of potholes and big rocks. 

There was a certain amount of optimism recently when we heard that Milas Belediye would be taking control of the village.  We also heard that work on the village roads would start in January.  Mr A asked the Muhtar when it was likely that the road that runs from the hill behind and alongside our house would be done.  This road (see the picture) is in constant use, not only by us, but by tractors, flocks of sheep and people.    Apparently this stretch of road is not going to be repaired.  The reason given...there's not enough stone available.  The repairs will continue from the bottom of the village halfway up to the top.  Then that's it.  I have a sneaking suspicion that there was money available to carry out ALL of the work, but either the money or the stone has been used elsewhere.  I don't suppose we will ever know.

Mr A's truck at the top of  our road. 

Mr A just shakes his head in despair but accepts it.  Although he did write to to Milas Belediye about the problem...as yet no reply. My suggested solution  is that Mr A undertakes the task  and just covers it with cement.  BUT I said he should discuss it with the neighbours and the men with tractors that use it, and ask them to contribute towards the cost.  In fact, whoever uses it should pay, not us, because Mr A would be doing the work.

I somehow think that the usual apathy will prevail, and no-one will be willing to cough up.  My answer to this is that if we can improve this stretch of road as economically as possible, then we close it off at the top and the bottom, and it will then be for our use only.   I have of course suggested that he tell the Muhtar of his plans then maybe he  will be forced to do something about it.

So not the usual tales of excitement from the village, but scandalous nevertheless.

14 comments:

  1. Absolutely scandalous Linda, I am sure you are right, money has been set aside to do the WHOLE village and it needs to be investigated. It seems the village is split in two, the people on the hill are completely disregarded. I hope you can get this sorted out, because the cost of repairs to Mr. A`s truck will far outweigh the cost of repairing the road if it continues. Living in Turkey really makes me angry at times, as you say the apathy of some and the dishonesty of others.
    I could do with a good old moan myself, but on another subject.
    Take care Linda. Love, F.XXX

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    1. If there's any investigating to be done Fleur, Mr A will have to do it because no-one else seems to be bothered. They will no doubt be bothered if we repair the road and close off our section...tough!

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  2. Very frustrating for you and Mr A. I remain a complete optimist and hope that others will see the sense of your suggestion - that looks like a road that needs some TLC.
    Fingers crossed.
    Axxx

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    1. It needs an awful lot of TLC Annie. I like your optimism...I just wish I shared it xxx

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  3. You have my entire sympathy! We have changed cars as the continual damage to the suspension of the one we had cost an arm and a leg to cope with so we've traded it in for something more like a tank. Not as comfortable....but less repair bills.

    We used to say in rural France that if a back road was in good order the maire must live somewhere nearby.....

    Here the problem of disappearing money exists too....thus the road project across the bridge from us goes ahead slowly so that everyone coughing up knows what is being paid and to whom.

    It's not just the crookedness, is it...it's the apathy of those who let it happen.

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    1. Your last sentence just about sums it up Helen...in a nutshell xx

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  4. Helen's comment has me laughing....our road in France is due for some repair work, and we are confident it will be done.....a very popular and prominent ex mayor lives on our street.....so it will happen. I have to say, it is not in as bad a state as your looks. I hope something gets done....by whatever means. Jx

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    1. Well of course Janice. It's not what you know, but who you know, isn't it? The road where our Muhtar lives was one of the first to be repaired of course! When I mention "stones", this is what Mr A calls them, but they are small bricks...can look very attractive if used for a driveway for example...hmmm... xx

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  5. Those stones sound like the ones they used recently on several of the roads here... They seem to do alright on the flat but the ones on the hill have suffered from subsidence on at least two occasions. Our Belediye have been round and put extra sand beneath them but I don't think those bricks cope well with steep slopes and rain.

    I laughed when the guys in Izmir told us the bike would be safe 'as long as we didn't ride over bumpy roads'. That was when we ended up having to buy a new wheel...

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    1. You're absolutely right omentide, they don't do well on slopes. The roads that have already been done with these stones/bricks are very uneven...although a vast improvement on their previous state.

      I must admit when we had a motorbike, riding on the back up and down these bumpy roads was quite terrifying at times!

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  6. The selection process for which roads are seen to first, here in my village nr. Didim, pretty much follow the same criteria as most other places, but then quality of materials must be questioned too, because it does not take very long before those repaired roads need repairing again !!! Netty

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    1. Hello Netty and welcome. Yes you are right, the roads don't seem to hold up for very long. No doubt the roads that were done a couple of years ago here will need re-doing soon...and this means we at the top of the hill don't stand a chance of getting ours fixed.

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  7. When we first moved to Mid-Wales we were amazed at the network of well-surfaced, single-track, side--roads until one of my colleagues said cynically it was because so many of the local councillors lived out in the sticks. :-) I do hope you can mange to persuade Mr A to do something about the dreadful state of your lane.

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    1. Interesting Perpetua. Seems like it happens everywhere. Yesterday we were coming up from the village via a different back road and Mr A pointed out the Muhtar's house. The road leading up to his house was perfect..once you passed it though it was back to potholes and rocks...hmm

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