Budget pothole pledge 'does not go far enough'

Essex County Council will need to bid for money from the pothole repair fund

Essex County Council will need to bid for money from the pothole repair fund

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Chancellor George Osborne pledged an extra £200m for pothole repairs during his budget announcement, but there is concern it does not go far enough.

Essex County Highways will be able to bid for the cash to deal with the growing problem.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance has estimated the money will fix 3.8million potholes, at a cost of £53 each.

But Cllr Tony Ball, vice chairman of the Local Government Association's Economy and Transport Board, has called for more to be done.

He said: We are pleased that the government has responded to calls for extra funding to tackle
“However we are facing a 42 per cent increase in traffic on local roads by 2040 and there is a £10.5 billion backlog of road repairs.

“The situation is getting worse every year because of a £500m annual funding shortfall.

“We urge government to provide a full and comprehensive package, including the resurfacing of roads, rather than funding in dribs and drabs."

“This announcement does not go anywhere near far enough.

Essex County yesterday announced it will also recieve an additional £2.7million from central government for pothole repairs.

The money is in addition to the £4.8million the authority has already pledged for highways repairs next year.

At the end of last year, Essex had a reported 15,939 outstanding potholes with new figures to be published next month.

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12:45pm Sat 22 Mar 14

pm1234 says...

Any funding towards the repair of our decaying roads is a bonus. Our roads are getting progressively worse. Motorists are hit hard with direct ad indirect taxation but get little in the way of return with regards to the state of the roads.

Not only are potholes annoying and add to motoring repair bills but in some instances they are downright dangerous and can cause accidents.

I believe that savings could be made by actually fixing potholes properly the first time they appear. It has become all to common for these holes to be filled with a little bit of tarmac and lo and behold the fault returns back within a couple of weeks. There have been potholes in Loughton filled three or four times and have since returned.

It must be cost effective to do them once and do them properly rather than continually just paying for a quick fix that doesn't last?

I would also like to see utility companies charged for the damage they cause to highways and pavements. In many case they are to blame for the cause of potholes and the council has to pick up the repair costs. Utility companies charge their customers well and make large profits, it would be nice to see them acting in a more conscientious manner to reduce local authority costs that end up being at all of our expense one way or another.
Any funding towards the repair of our decaying roads is a bonus. Our roads are getting progressively worse. Motorists are hit hard with direct ad indirect taxation but get little in the way of return with regards to the state of the roads. Not only are potholes annoying and add to motoring repair bills but in some instances they are downright dangerous and can cause accidents. I believe that savings could be made by actually fixing potholes properly the first time they appear. It has become all to common for these holes to be filled with a little bit of tarmac and lo and behold the fault returns back within a couple of weeks. There have been potholes in Loughton filled three or four times and have since returned. It must be cost effective to do them once and do them properly rather than continually just paying for a quick fix that doesn't last? I would also like to see utility companies charged for the damage they cause to highways and pavements. In many case they are to blame for the cause of potholes and the council has to pick up the repair costs. Utility companies charge their customers well and make large profits, it would be nice to see them acting in a more conscientious manner to reduce local authority costs that end up being at all of our expense one way or another. pm1234
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