It is a pity the Romans are not in charge of this country's road maintenance, since, as Peter Pyves points out, getting rid of surface water run off from the roads in this county is a lost art (NCE 5 April).
The politicians do not appear to be aware that the sloppy maintenance practices of their 'professional' officers cost more money in the long run.
Standing water on roads is a sign of neglect, as throughout the year it weakens the road edges and creates potholes.
These are a danger to road users, in particular cyclists.
Why do the highway authorities, including the Highways Agency, also turn a blind eye to the use of the verge as a quick and cheap way of getting rid of the spoil from ditch cleaning? Many highway verges trap water on the edges, regardless of pathetic drainage grids.
Richard Potter (M), 1 High Street, Silverstone, Towcester, Northants NN12 8US.