Paving the way for safety across county
Councillors identify hotspots for £2.5m works
WORK is under way on a £2.5million programme to improve pavement surfaces across Bucks.
County councillors have identified 49 locations to tackle between now and March next year.
Transport for Buckinghamshire has already started work and last week (August 19 to 28) pavements in Spenser Road, Aylesbury, were repaired.
This week (August 29 to September 5) work began on pavements in Broughton Avenue, Aylesbury.
Also on schedule for pavement treatment this week are Treachers Close, in Chesham, Packhorse Road, in Gerrards Cross, and Burkes Road, in
This programme is
really important in giving disabled residents the same
freedom as everybody else”
When the county council budgets were set earlier this year, members agreed that ‘substantial investment’ was required to stop pavements deteriorating.
They agreed to earmark £1.7million for work during 2014/15, with additional money each year for the next three years.
Since the announcement the budget for footway works in 2014/15 has been increased to £2.5million.
Pavements prioritised for treatment have been chosen by county councillors, each councillor nominating two sites in their division for inclusion in a rolling programme of work in the next two years.
Cabinet member for transport Ruth VigorHedderly said: “It’s fantastic to see footways across the county getting the attention they deserve.
“With the additional money that has been spent on road repairs over the past few years, it’s great to see good work now being done on the footways too.”
Bucks Disability Service welcomed the programme.
Chairman of trustees Andrew Clark said: “We’re pleased that Transport for Buckinghamshire has started a programme to maintain Bucks’ footways.
“People in Bucks with a mobility impairment or who use a wheelchair are frequently disabled by poor pavement surfaces and lack of dropped kerbs, so this programme is really important in giving disabled residents the same freedom and independence as everyone else.”
For more information on the programme, including locations, visit www. transportforbucks.net/ Ro a d w o r k s - C e n t r e / Schemes-and-projects/Ourschemes-and-projects/ Fo o t way - Tr e a t me n t - Programme.aspx.