SIR – I would like, through the medium of your publication, to make an unconditional offer to Councillor Amos and his colleagues.

The next time that the council issues an invitation to tender for a major highways project within the county, I will guarantee to undercut any other quote by 50 per cent.

My strategy is simple. I will do absolutely nothing for two months, then declare the project complete.

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The effect will be the same as we now see at the end of the Sidbury/Commandery “improvements” – ie. nothing has changed from before it started, but with the added bonus that I won’t have dissuaded the locals from visiting the city centre, or subjected commuters and other road users to 10 weeks of unnecessary misery.

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The money saved can then be used to top up the social care budget, and I get to go on really expensive holidays. Everybody wins.