Re: Lage voices and small wallets
About 15% of road are paid for by council tax*. Council tax makes up about 15% of a council's income, the huge vast majority of councils' income comes from the government, resulting in the slash and burn of local council services as the income they have no control over disappears, and the legal prohibition on raising council tax sufficiently to replace it. And the political impossibility... do *you* want your council tax to rise six-fold to replace the 85% of income the council gets from Whitehall?
*And motorways are entirely Highways Agency (central gvt). Trunk roads used to be HA, but the government managed to shuck them off onto local councils.