Withing hours of the by-election being called in Norwich North, something strange started happening in Norwich North. All over the constituency County Council vans and lorries started appearing with high visibility vested men carrying spades, driving various types of digger, rollers and other contractors vehicles, and suddenly long waited for road repairs started happening.
In Taverham the road is up, in Drayton action is being taken to reduce speeds, in Hellesdon pathways are being redone (again) and in Mile Cross all the holes in the road that have been there for months have been filled in.
Now I expect that it would take weeks, if not months, to do all this scheduled work, but it does seem odd that all over the constituency the Tory run County Council are doing the things that should have been done a long time ago.
It certainly stops the opposition from running petitions and doing leaflets about the road problems.
I know, I'm being cynical, but I've had other people ask me, with my political knowledge, if there is any link between the by-election and the sudden flood of roadworks being done.