Transport chief to draw up road repairs priority list
Cabinet member says councillors have put forward suggestions
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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