Trans­port chief to draw up road re­pairs pri­or­ity list

Cabi­net mem­ber says coun­cil­lors have put for­ward sug­ges­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

A LIST of roads ear­marked for re­pair is be­ing drawn up as part of this year’s £10m in­vest­ment in the county’s net­work.

Cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port Ruth Vig­orHed­derly, speak­ing at the lat­est trans­port com­mit­tee meet­ing, said she has con­tacted Bucks County Coun­cil coun­cil­lors and asked them to put for­ward roads for the next raft of re­pairs. replied.

Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly said she made it clear that fund­ing would be re­al­lo­cated if peo­ple do not re­ply.

She added her task was to make sure mem­bers un­der­stood why cer­tain roads had to be re­paired.

She gave the ex­am­ple of a coun­cil­lor who was con­fused as to why a dif­fer­ent road to the one she chose was be­ing re­paired.

“I ex­plained that the road the tech­ni­cians



three ear­marked was about to col­lapse,” she said. “They had a raft of tech­ni­cal data. It looked fine, but it re­ally wasn’t.”

Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly added the depart­ment has changed since she took over in April.

“I have come in like a tor­nado,” she said. “If you imag­ine the port­fo­lio as a fil­ing cabi­net, I have come and thrown the pieces of pa­per in the air.

“Imag­ine the pieces, frag­ments, and sec­tions fall­ing down.

“As they do

I throw away some and sort through it all be­fore it can be filed back.

“It is in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult and will take time, but I guar­an­tee that by the end of it ev­ery de­pot will have a pol­icy and process in place where if a mem­ber asks them how they have funded some­thing they will be able to tell them. I am com­mit­ted to that.”

Build­ing on the changes, con­sul­tant Gate One was asked to look at the way the depart­ment worked for six weeks and is now back for a sec­ond re­view.

“I found them in­cred­i­bly help­ful,” said Mrs Vig­orHed­derly.

“It en­abled us to take a look at our­selves and Ring­way Ja­cobs and hold us both to ac­count.”

Ring­way Ja­cobs con­trac­tor tasked Trans­port for Bucks carry out re­pairs.

It has met with crit­i­cism in the stan­dard of its work and the time it takes, but Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly said: “I think they are will­ing to change with us and sit down and think about how best to do things.”


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