Paving the way for safety across county

Coun­cil­lors iden­tify hotspots for £2.5m works

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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”

Bea­cons­field.

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.

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